As the Embroiderers` Guild celebrates its centenary this year,
The National Trust for Scotland has taken the opportunity to create
a special itinerary for groups, giving them the chance to view
a wide selection of needlework treasures – from vast Flemish
tapestries to miniature embroidery samplers. Visits can be booked
as separate days out or a complete 5-day in-depth tour.
- Your tour starts off near the capital city
with a morning visit to Newhailes, where the house has one of
the Trust`s major textile collections.
- Then it`s back to Edinburgh`s New Town for
an afternoon visit to The Georgian House, which has rare appliqué
bed hangings (c1790) and fascinating needlework pictures.
- Travel west to Helensburgh for a private
morning tour of The Hill House, a truly classic visit for Charles
Rennie Mackintosh enthusiasts with embroideries by his wife,
Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh. The NTS has specially commissioned
a collection of samplers, bookmarks and pincushions which are
on sale in the shop.
- Stop off at the Weaver`s Cottage on the
way back to Glasgow to see the excellent textile collection
and working 200-year-old loom.
- Complete the day with a visit to Pollok
House, which has hosted the Embroiderers` Guild exhibition.
- This day starts with a journey north for
a morning tour of the splendid Falkland Palace in Fife. Stroll
along the special Tapestry Gallery and visit the Chapel Royal,
both hung with beautiful 17th-century Flemish tapestries.
- Nearby Kellie Castle is next on your tour,
with a fine collection of embroideries designed by Sir Robert
- The day ends with a visit to the House of
Dun, near Montrose, to see the exceptional embroideries created
by Lady Augusta, daughter of King William IV.
- Your first day in Aberdeenshire begins with
a private morning visit to Castle Fraser, which has an outstanding
suite of bed, curtains and upholstery dating from the 1790s.
- The next stop is the magnificent Crathes
Castle where you can enjoy lunch before examining fine examples
of needlework, tapestries and an imported crewelwork panel.
- At nearby Drum Castle, original needlework
covers from the late 18th century are on display.
- Morning visit to Haddo House for a guided
tour of this elegant Georgian-style mansion with sumptuous Victorian
- Enjoy lunch and home baking in the period
- Inspired Embroidery is just one of a series
of new itinerary suggestions for 2006. Others are Literature
and Film; Buildings that tell a Story; and Fruit Tree Gardens.