Wander Argyll Experiences

We know when people travel they no longer want to just ‘see’ a place; they want to live it, breathe it, touch it, become part of it.

Wander Argyll Experiences offers the most amazing culture heritage and arts visitor experiences in the stunning and amazing Argyll landscape. They will tell the stories of Argyll’s wonderful artists and craftmakers, amazing creatives and the excellent caretakers of our history and heritage.

Wander Argyll Experiences will give visitors the chance to get to the heart of the unique living landscapes and timeless rural life that can only be discovered in Argyll.

Step back in time

Wool and more

Play with clay

A visit to Auchindrain is a chance to experience a forgotten way of Highland life. Auchindrain is the last surviving and best preserved Highland Farm Township, a type of settlement found across the region from the Middle Ages until the Clearances of the 18th and 19th centuries.

 

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Orains is the arts and design partnership between Pieter van der Werf and Fiona Page, based on the West Coast of Scotland. They create large-scale handmade textile art. Orains offer creative workshops and studio tours highlighting interior design products made entirely with local Scottish wool and natural dyes such as heather flower and madder root.

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Seatree pottery is based on the beautiful Cowal peninsula in a garden studio surrounded by oak trees and with a view of the Clyde. In this relaxed environment you can experience the working pottery and woodworking studios.You can also have a go at pottery with experienced potter Michaela.

 

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Iron and fire

Weather for spinning

Bespoke furniture

One to one tuition from a traditional blacksmith in an amazing setting (with accommodation if needed). The Georgian Forge’s founder Darren Ainsworth is an award-winning traditional blacksmith and farrier with many years of experience in metal forging. Half day or full day workshops (or longer by negotiation) are on offer.

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Based near Oban, Deborah offers small group workshops for the enthusiast and for those with no knowledge, to handle and spin wool: Workshops last 3 hours and the visitor will take their handspun yarn or knitted sample away with them.  Several types of workshop are offered.

 

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Ray is a bespoke furniture maker, living and working on the Isle of Bute. He makes one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture. Each chair, mirror, wardrobe and book­case is hand-finished to reflect the care and attention to detail he provides. See him at work – drop by or arrange a visit to see Ray at work

 

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Catch your dreams

Step into history

 

Get crafty with these fun workshops, perfect for a rainy day. I will guide you through making your very own Dream Catcher, Owl Dream Catcher or Hair Vine. All materials and tools provided, though you are encouraged to bring your own nature finds for the Dream Catchers (like feathers, acorns, leaves etc).

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Discover the history of Dunoon and Cowal from Neolithic settlers, through Highland clan battles, Victorian era expansion and the Clyde Steamers in their heyday, to both World Wars and the Cold War. Immerse your senses in historical reconstructions, interactive exhibits, an extensive photo archive, and a cornucopia of original memorabilia.

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