We want to create truly unique experiences for you. This means that not only the workshop tuition is inspiring but also the settings and accommodation. Depending on the geographic location we pick venues that best fit the workshop theme and accommodation that offers something special.
Here are some more examples of places we have chosen for our programme and group bookings:
Visiting St Andrews this June? Visit the Fraser Art Gallery, South Street
See this unique glass piece by artist and friend, Charone Ruth. It will take your breath away, as will the wonderful exhibit of paintings and sculptures.
Ten Hill Place in Edinburgh – the hotel with a link to the Royal College of Surgeons
Don’t worry – you are not submitting to surgery by using Ten Hill Place Hotel in Edinburgh! But you are supporting a medical charity with a global reach. Ten Hill Place is a friendly 4-star hotel, which is centrally located and only a few minutes walk from the famous Royal Mile – but still very quiet in its Georgian square.
The profits from Ten Hill Place Hotel go directly to support education and assessment for medical students and surgical trainees throughout the world. It also supports research to advance standards of care for the future. Ten Hill Place Hotel was established by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to provide financial support for its global medical reach.
So, rest easy….
Linlithgow is most famous for its Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. This wonderful 15th century ruin is perfectly positioned beside Linlithgow Loch. Mary Queen of Scots was born here in 1542, becoming queen six days later. After a fire in 1424, James I started construction of the present palace, but this took over 200 years to complete. Outlander fans may recognise the majestic backdrop – the scene where Jamie was imprisoned was filmed here! As part of our Histories and Visions painting holiday our partners from Mary’s Meanders will take you on journey through the town’s rich and eventful history.
Today Linlithgow is a thriving town with popular schools, a busy railway station and a popular High Street full of specialist shops, cafes, real-ale pubs, restaurants and bars. The Union Canal, which links Edinburgh to Glasgow via the Forth & Clyde Canal, runs through the town – offering more beautiful views to inspire your creativity. The city centre of Edinburgh is less than a 20 minute train ride away, Stirling and Glasgow are also close, which makes Linlithgow the ideal location for exploring the so-called Central Belt.
Linlithgow’s historic former court building (built in 1863) was only recently turned into an upmarket townhouse hotel. The owner Jim Hay has combined the building’s traditional features with luxurious comfort and each of the spacious suites has its own small kitchen facility with microwave, coffee machine and dishwasher. The former court room with its high Tudor style windows and wood panelling serves as our indoor studio space.
Crail for Golf, Walkers, History, Food
Crail is a picture-postcard historic village and much more. There is a vibrant local culture, home to professionals who commute to St Andrews, Edinburgh and places in between. And there is plenty to interest visitors.
For sports: Golfers play on a Balcomie course laid out by Tom Morris Sr. in 1894. Crail Golf Society was formed in 1786. St Andrews is now the ‘home’ of golf, but Crail was the first to have a golf course! For walkers, Fife Coastal Path goes through Crail. From the Tay Estuary near St Andrews to the Forth Estuary it stretches for 117 miles. Discover stunning scenery and geological layers all along the way. Fossil evidence of the giant centipede ‘trackways’ from the Carboniferous period, 335 million years ago are found in the nearby bay. No need to do the whole 117 miles! http://fifecoastalpath.co.uk/
Crail is steeped in history. It became a royal burgh the 12th century, thanks to Robert the Bruce granting permission for a Sunday market. Fishermen got a blast of John Knox’s ire when he damned them for working on Sunday (allegedly). But of course, the market continued and became one of the largest in Europe trading heavily with Flanders and Holland in the Middle Ages. Crail’s excellent harbor welcomed Marie de Guise, married to James V and mother of Mary Queen of Scots, landed in Crail in 1538.
17th to 19th century buildings are now the homes of professionals who commute to St Andrews, Edinburgh and places in between. And an intriguing variety of shops, are found nowhere else: Crail Pottery’s workshop, established in 1965, produces a diverse range of hand thrown, decorated and fired. Irresistible, I can tell you! www.crailpottery.com. The Lobster Store supplies dressed and boiled crab & lobster caught by the family on their own dayboat. Smoked Fired Whole Foods Shop, www.smokefiredwholefoods.co.uk, has a great supply of home baking gluten and non-gluten free, and a range of vegetarian & vegan foods, plus gifts. Crail Fish Bar & Café is rated ‘excellent’ consistently on tripadvisor. Relax in locally owned cafes: The Honeypot and Crail Harbour Gallery and tearoom.
Hawkswood House and The Roundel, Peat Inn, Fife
Ideal for group bookings of 6 -12 people, Hawkswood House and the Roundel are new country residences that combine artistic attention to deal with comfortable, spacious accommodation and social areas. Surrounded by fields, and, yes, Hawks, it is minutes to the seaside, St Andrews and rolling hills. Group arts experiences are easily arranged for stone carving, drawing and painting, textile work. Offering an abundance of nearby inspiring locations, practice golf course, outdoor BBQ, & hot tub ~ just the place to relax after an intensive arts experience.
The Fairmont St Andrews
Stunning cliff top views of St Andrews and the North Sea surround the hotel. This 520 acre five star resort offers Wild at Art guests a peaceful setting and tasteful elegance. Golf partners are welcome, and a complimentary round of golf on The Torrance Course or The Kittocks Course is included in your accommodation. For total relaxation, their Signature Spa offers a range of treatments including massages, facial and relaxation therapies. Treatments can be booked separately through Wild at Art. Swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi (free to guests) complete your relaxation experience.
Coburg House, Edinburgh
Coburg House is in the heart of Leith, the harbor area of Edinburgh. It is a hub of creativity and offers studio space to many local artists. We are using the spacious workshop space for our Edinburgh based workshops.
The Scottish Borders and Peebles
Stobo Castle Health Spa
Stobo Castle is set deep within the Scottish Borders countryside surrounded by forests, a tranquil lake and Japanese Water Garden. In the evening you may unwind after your creative work and enjoy the luxury of the spa that boasts Scotland’s only 25m Ozone Pool, Hydrospa, Serailbad Mud Room, state-of-the-art gymnasium, outdoor, torch-lit hot tubs and 40 treatment rooms. Stobo chefs create dishes sourced from only the finest Scottish produce that are not only delicious but promote healthy eating whilst satisfying even the heartiest appetite.
Just waiting for you in the Scottish Borders: wild rivers, wild food, wide-open spaces and of course, Wild at Art. Tempting you and your travel companions to stay longer we suggest:
Fishing with Finlay Wilson, owner of Fish Wild. Finlay manages three miles of private double-bank fishing on the River Tweed. He offers professional guiding and fly-fishing instruction for wild trout, grayling, sea trout and salmon.. Open to everyone from experienced anglers to beginners. A Hardy/Greys endorsed guide, you may have read his contributions in magazines like Trout & Salmon. ‘At Fish Wild we are passionate about catching fish on the fly in stunning locations and are committed to improving your fishing knowledge and skills, whatever your level may be’ FW.
Mountain Biking and Go Ape
Glentress has trails of all grades, in stunning landscapes. An award winner, it is ‘probably the best biking centre in Britain’. Its new visitor centre, car park, café, bike wash, toilets, showers and changing rooms show how seriously they take your biking visit. Go Ape’s high ropes course makes the endorphins spike. Fun for the whole family (while the artist is on their Wild at Art course, of course!). More….
21 golf courses in the Scottish Borders offer exceptional golf experience. Peebles Golf Club is closest to Wild at Art stone carving and jewellery & silversmithing courses. Freedom of the Fairways Golf Passport for 3 or 5 days is the most affordable way to take advantage of the wide range of courses.
For a variety of experiences, try the Tweedside Walk and Glentress Peel Wild Watch, all near Peebles.
High Forest Travel
Get your adrenaline rush travelling by zip wire slides, Tarzan swings and rope bridges high above the forest floor at Glentress Forest, Peebles.
Castles and Gardens
Traquair House, Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, Dawyck Botanic Gardens and Kailzie Gardens – each unique and nearby Peebles. There are too many in the area to mention here, and we will offer information on request.