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Leather Work

Have you dreamt of making your own unique accessory? Join Hamish Lamley for a creative four-day leather satchel making holiday or a belt and wallet/purse making holiday.

Over the course of four days you will learn how to select the leathers, cut, carve, dye, hand stitch, lace and braid before adding any finishing touches. You will leave with not only a finished satchel or belt and wallet/purse, but the means to confidently continue leatherwork on your own with a solid foundation of skills and knowledge.

All of Hamish’s holidays are suitable for all levels of abilities.

To see pictures of the course please visit our gallery

Dates 2022

All of our holidays run for 5-nights from Sunday to Friday and start from £979 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.

February 27th to March 4th 2022 – Satchel Workshop
April 24th to 29th 2022 – Belt and Wallet Workshop
July 17th to 22nd 2022 – Satchel Workshop
November 20th to 25th 2022 – Belt and Wallet Workshop

If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests will enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. We also have a full programme of day trips and activities on offer for them. Please add them and day trips at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

Payment, Terms & Conditions
A 25% deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 3 months prior to arrival. For art, craft & activity holidays booked within 3 months of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Art, craft & activity holidays are subject to availability and subject to change.

Each themed course will be loosely themed as follows:

Satchel Making
Create your own traditional leather satchel from start to finish, utilizing traditional tools and techniques whilst learning about leather tanning, the leatherwork industry, and the history of leather in Scotland.

Learning about leather, choosing style and sizes for satchel, and getting to grips with tools.

Marking out all pieces, preparing stitching, and dyeing the bags to your colour of choice

Finishing edges and beginning stitching before the field trip.

Complete stitching and add finishing touches


Belt and Wallet Making
Create your own leather belt and wallet or purse from start to finish, utilizing traditional tools and techniques whilst learning about leather tanning, the leatherwork industry, and the history of leather in Scotland.

You will spend the day learning about leather and how to make a belt from start to finish.

Choose your preferred style of wallet or purse before beginning dyeing the pieces of leather.

Finish any work on the belt and assemble wallets

Sewing the wallets and adding finishing touches

Check in is from 4pm where you will receive a warm welcome from our team.
Once you are unpacked and settled, we invite you to enjoy some tea or coffee and home baking in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
If you have never been on a holiday like this before, we understand how anxious you may be. That’s why, come 6pm, everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet, giving you the chance to meet both your fellow guests and your tutor before the start of the course on Monday. Your tutor will talk you through what to expect from the week, discuss what you would like to achieve during your stay, and answer any questions you may have. 
From there, dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Monday to Thursday
Throughout the week, tuition runs from 10am to 4pm with regular breaks for tea and coffee so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All your meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

Check out by 10am

What’s Included

  • 4 days of specialist tuition from Hamish Lamley
  • All materials required for the course
  • Full board catering
  • 5-nights accommodation
  • Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00). Transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports are available at an additional cost.

All tools and materials required are provided by your tutor.

Tutor Hamish Lamley

Hamish Lamley is a self-taught historic leatherworker from Scotland. Hamish is involved in experimental archaeology projects, making historic replicas for museum exhibits, giving lectures and practical demonstrations on Pictish history and craft, and is a traditional leather coracle boat builder. Hamish also teaches early medieval leatherworking across the UK and the rest of Europe.

For more information about Hamish please visit his website 



  • “At the end of the 3 days I was totally delighted to have made a belt with a keeper hand-stitched into place, and a phone case with a card pocket each for me and my husband . In addition to the completed items I had also tried a number of techniques as we went along using other pieces of leather. All in all the course was excellent value for money and very rewarding” – Kirsteen, Leather Belt Course.

  • ”I attended a course recently with Hamish and learnt a lot! In fact today I am making a leather pouch for some pens I recently turned as a present for somebody using the skills from the course ;-)” – Andy, Leather Sheath Course.

  • “I have to say I had an absolutely fantastic time with Hamish and would thoroughly recommend him as a VERY patient teacher. I will be heading back up soon for a dedicated sheath making course!” – Jonathan, Leather Sporran Course.

    Please note: The above reviews come from past workshops and courses run by the tutor out with Gartmore House.

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