Hobbying at Hogmanay - 5 night retreat

Gartmore House, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, Scotland


Would you like to do something a little bit different this coming Hogmanay?

If you enjoy a craft or art, we invite you to spend the most relaxing 5 nights with us at Gartmore House in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, making use of our wonderful craft and art rooms at your leisure. You’ll stay in our 18th century quaint and quirky home, with beautiful period features, comfortable en-suite accommodation and delicious home-made food.

Come along to Gartmore House and bring your hobby with you – whether that’s your paint brushes, knitting needles, sewing machine or even walking boots. You will be able to enjoy the peace and quiet of the house and grounds and in your own time, working on your own art or craft project at your leisure, whilst meeting new friends with fellow crafters and amateur artists.

Over the course of your stay, we will organise an optional visit to local historic attractions, giving you the chance to take in the surrounding mountains, lochs and glens, as well as fascinating historic sights. And if it’s too much of a struggle to tear yourself away from the roaring, open fire in the lounge, that’s absolutely fine – just relax and enjoy the stunning views over to Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument or dabble away at a crossword or jigsaw puzzle.

And on the evening of the 31st December, marking the close of a busy year for most and looking forward to the year ahead, we will have a couple of options for you. Perhaps you’d prefer a quiet, cosy night with a special Hogmanay meal then retiring by the fire – or maybe you’re looking for a livelier way to see in the New Year, in which case you can choose to attend our local ceilidh in the village of Gartmore, bringing in the bells with a traditional village feel.

We want to take the stress out of travel, especially over the festive period, so to make your journey go smoothly we offer a complimentary pick up and drop off service from Stirling train station, which has excellent rail links with Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Our holidays are suited to individuals and couples alike, so for a low key, get-away-from-it-all New Year you need look no further!

NB Price quoted is for one of our standard double or twin rooms en suite, staying in one of our "Crafters Classic".

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

This ‘Hobbying at Hogmanay’ holiday is based at Gartmore House; all rooms are en-suite with tea and coffee making facilities.

Your holiday includes full board, with all meals freshly prepared by our chefs. You will have full use of our craft/art rooms to use at your leisure. We will also offer a couple of demos from our in-house tutors during your stay, to give you an insight to a possible new craft! Please note however that this holiday (unlike our usual craft & activity breaks) is un-tutored.

Other optional activities will include the local village Hogmanay ceilidh, musical evening entertainment and an offsite trip to one of our local historic attractions.

All scheduled onsite entertainment and off site trips are included.

Complimentary transfers from/to Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30 on 29th December and departing Gartmore House at 10:00 on 3rd January).

Please note this holiday does not include tuition.


Vicky McGowan at Gartmore House


Gartmore House

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Christmas
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Residential
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users


1 week (4:00pm to 10:00am)

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