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Winter workshops

We are delighted to announce the first few events in our Winter Courses programme here at The Pierhouse. It’s the perfect opportunity to ‘get crafty’ this winter and try something new under the expert guidance of our workshop providers.  For lovers of food, wine & whisky, we've also got some special events lined up. This winter is going to be a good one!

The craft workshops usually run in the mornings – make a day of it and enjoy a bite to eat afterwards in the Ferry Bar or Seafood Restaurant. Alternatively, treat yourself to an overnight stay before or after the workshop. Take a look at our excellent value mid-week room availability here>

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2019 Winter Workshops

Dye Your Own Silk Scarf

Dye Your Own Silk Scarf with textile artist Midge Gourlay

Tuesday, 5 November 2019 - 10.30am

A 3 hour hands-on workshop with textile artist Midge Gourlay to dye your own silk scarf using the Japanese Shibori technique to pattern the fabric with indigo dye.

Midge Gourlay is a local resident of Port Appin who specialises in embroidered textiles. Trained at the Glasgow School of Art, Midge’s work - which is inspired by Celtic mythology and the West Highland sea and landscapes - has been exhibited widely throughout the UK and abroad.

The workshop is a unique opportunity to work with Midge and runs for approximately 3 hours.

Workshop cost is £40 per person. (You need to bring your own apron and rubber gloves!)

Places are limited to 10 people (minimum of 5 people for the course to run) so book your place now by calling the Pierhouse Reservations Team on 01631 730302 (workshop fee payable at the time of booking).

Read more about Midge and Port Appin Studio

Read more about Midge and Port Appin Studio here>

Wine Dinner

The inaugural Pierhouse Wine Dinner - coming soon...

Friday 8th November, 7pm

As the nights draw in what could be better than a warm welcome, a glass of wine in hand, an evening of food and convivial conversation ahead of you?

We invite you to join us for the inaugural Pierhouse Wine Dinner, a delicious four course menu and a glass of wine matched with each dish. Victoria Beckett from Alexander Wines will be hosting the night – opening a selection of favourites and some less familiar wines from the Pierhouse wine list.

The dinner is £49 per person.  To book your place please call the Pierhouse Reservations Team on 01631 730302 or email reservations@pierhousehotel.co.uk.

Alternatively, make a night of it and stay overnight after the dinner. The special rate for an ensuite kingsize or twin room for 2 people including a full Scottish breakfast and the 4 course Wine Dinner is £225. Call Reservations to book (not available for online booking).

The Pierhouse Art Club

Watercolour by Andy Greatrix

Tuesdays, 12 & 26 Nov and 10 Dec - 9.30am

Are you a budding amateur watercolour artist who would like to improve your technique? Or are you someone who would like to be a budding amateur artist but has no idea where to start?!

We are offering you the opportunity to spend some tuition time with well known local artist Andy Greatrix. We have three sessions to whet your appetite, or to fine tune your skills working with watercolour paints - 12th & 26th November and 10th December, all at 9.30am for a couple of hours.

Sessions are £20 per person (numbers are limited to 6 people per session) and all tuition and materials are supplied. To reserve your space please call the Reservations Team on 01631 730302.

Beginners Guide to Brush Pen Calligraphy

Beginners Guide to Brush Pen Calligraphy with Toasty Type

Thursday, 14 November - 10.30am

Whether you're a lettering newbie or you've tried your hand at calligraphy before and ended up in a big inky mess (we’ve all been there), this is the course for you. Learn about the basic strokes that help you to form letters and develop your skills so you can create beautiful lettering too!

This three-hour course - being offered by Toasty Type (or Jen to her pals!) from Glasgow - is perfect for beginners and offers a true introduction to the practice of modern calligraphy. You will receive all the help and guidance you need along with professional demonstrations to help guide you through the workshop. This course will provide you with the skills, techniques, and tools you need to continue your practice at home.

Workshop cost is £38 per person. Places are limited to 10 so book yours now by calling the Reservations Team on 01631 730302 (workshop fee payable at the time of booking).

More about Toasty Type

Read more about Toasty Type here>

Make Your Own Boozy Lamp and Shade

Make Your Own Boozy Lamp and Shade with Glasgow’s Braw Wee Emporium

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 - 10.30am

This increasingly popular workshop is hosted by Jennifer McGlone from Glasgow’s Braw Wee Emporium. It is the chance to spend an entertaining 3 hours or so making your very own lamp and shade.

Perfect for beginners, you will be taken through the process step by step, and at the end of it you’ll have your own unique lamp and shade to take home with you. Bring along your favourite gin bottle (empty!!) and choice of fabric.

Workshop cost is £35 per person and places are limited to 10 so book yours now by calling the Reservations Team on 01631 730302 (workshop fee payable at the time of booking).

More about Glasgow's Braw Wee Emporium

Read more about Braw Wee Emporium here>

Oban Distillery Whisky Tasting

Oban Distillery - one of Scotland’s oldest sources of single malt whisky

Friday, 6 December - 7pm

We have teamed up with Oban Distillery - one of Scotland’s oldest sources of single malt whisky - to bring you an evening of whisky tasting on December 6th here at the hotel. You will be expertly guided through the tasting of four Oban whiskies by Jim Rae from the distillery, and receive an Oban whisky glass as a memento.

The session costs £20 per person - we need a minimum of 3 people to run the evening and can accommodate a maximum of 12 people. To reserve your space please call the reservations team on 01631 730302.