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Islay Woollen Mill

Bridgend PA44 7PG, Scotland
+44 1496 810563
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Wonderful and authentic experience.

While in Edinburgh, we did not feel inspired by the Tartan shops there (too many, too touristy, too... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
New York City, New York
An unexpected gem

We visited the Islay woollen mill based purely on seeing it on a map, and having been disappointed... read more

Reviewed October 1, 2017
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Bridgend PA44 7PG, Scotland
+44 1496 810563
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While in Edinburgh, we did not feel inspired by the Tartan shops there (too many, too touristy, too fake…) and we had kind of given up. We are so glad we stopped at The Islay Woolen Mill, on our way to Port Askaig (near Bridgend)....More

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Reviewed October 1, 2017

We visited the Islay woollen mill based purely on seeing it on a map, and having been disappointed by other "woollen mills" we didn't have any great expectations. So we were surprised and delighted when a gentleman, who turned out to be the owner, asked...More

Thank Meike S
Reviewed September 9, 2017

This was a very popular visit with our friends and we had a very interesting talk from the owner. The relationship between the mill and the movies is fascinating.The machine noise is loud but it adds to the authenticity of the mill workings.A great visit.

Thank George647
Reviewed July 21, 2017 via mobile

This is worth the stop....if you're lucky, the weaving machines might be at work and you can see material actually being woven. We were told that this is where the "Braveheart" tartan was woven for the movie. Several types of clothing items were for sale:...More

Thank Heathcote H
Reviewed June 26, 2017 via mobile

Islay Woolen Mill is a small, working mill with a quaint gift shop. The nice young lady, who was managing the shop, was very helpful & answered all of our questions. Marcus, the owner's son, gave us the quick tour of the mill. Wonderful for...More

Thank Amy G
Reviewed June 5, 2017 via mobile

Great place to visit to pick up islay products and tweeds. Great gift shop and friendly staff. Brilliant to see an old working mill.

Thank Whisky_ileach
Reviewed June 2, 2017 via mobile

Right off the mail road from Port Askaig to Bowmore you will pass a sign on the left for the mill. We passed it a few times before going in. Inside is a great store full of patterns, clothes, suits, sweaters, hats, gloves made from...More

Thank bootsnfuzz
Reviewed May 10, 2017

We enjoyed our tour of the Islay Woollen Mill very much, especially the chance to see the antique looms in action. What a beautiful selection of woollen goods, too! Definitely worth a visit if you are on Islay. Thank you for your warm hospitality, Gordon!

Thank CanadaGirl2010
Reviewed May 3, 2017

Mr Covell and his wife Sheila know how to make people feel welcome. The mill is living history in itself and on the other hand keeps producing top products that are appreciated and sold on a world scale. Every time I go to Islay this...More

Thank Fred B
Reviewed April 27, 2017

Very interesting to tour the mill and talk to Gordon, plus there's a lovely selection of products available for purchase there. Definitely worth the stop.

Thank Nicole H
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