Lismore retreats

Mairi facilitates various fiddle retreats on the isle of Lismore each year, which are designed to invigorate and awaken participants’ artistry.

Retreat participants get the chance to expand and explore their own playing and creativity, and have fun with others. 

Mairi brings her own unique approach to music teaching in her retreats. Her deep respect for Scottish traditional music sits alongside a gentle encouragement to find new pathways and sounds.

Retreats on Lismore are held at Carnie cottage, a traditional Highland cottage with a studio out the back.

Read the Herald’s review, the Highland Feminist’s blog or Lismore FAQs. To enquire about future sessions, please visit What’s on or contact Mairi.

Carnie cottage on Lismore

Accommodation and cost

Retreats on Lismore are held at Carnie cottage, a traditional Highland cottage with a studio out the back. We have our meals in the cottage. We have our meals in the cottage.

Due to changes in licensing laws, Mairi can no longer accommodate participants in the cottage but there is a range of great places to stay on Lismore to suit everyone’s budget. 

Bunkhouse – 5 mins walk from class. The Bunkhouse has a 6 berth room, a family room and a single room. The campsite can accommodate tents and 2 campervans. For more information call 07720975433 or email lismorebunkhouse@gmail.com.

Ballimackillichan Croft – A beautiful, homely house that my sister Sarah and her partner Yorick built with four single rooms for guests. 1.5 miles from class. Own car or bike advised.

To find other options visit www.isleoflismore.com/accommodation

Ask Mairi if you have any queries or questions around accommodation. 

Classes take place in the studio, a purpose-built space of 9m by 5.5m, with an oak floor, good light and good insulation, which is situated in the back garden of Carnie.

2024 Dates

  • Monday 1st to Friday 5th April – starts on Monday evening 7pm with dinner. 
  • Monday 13th to Friday 17th May.

Cost

The retreat fee is £480. This includes 20 hours tuition plus lunches and dinners over the five days. 

It does not include accommodation and breakfast. 

Meals will take all dietary restrictions into account by a wonderful cook who will be with us all week.

For additional information visit Lismore FAQs. To enquire about future sessions, please visit What’s on or contact Mairi.

Any more questions?

More information about Lismore retreats can be found on Lismore FAQs including info about:

  • Where Lismore is and how to get there
  • What happens on a retreat
  • Timings, food, internet access and more…

To enquire about future sessions, please visit What’s on or contact Mairi.