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  • Arran Ceramics on display at the Balmichael Visitor Centre on the Isle of Arran
    Arran Ceramics at the Balmichael Visitor Centre
  • Artist Hazel Campbell paints a picture in her studio near Castle Douglas which watched during a Spring Fling event
    Artist Hazel Campbell in her studio near Castle Douglas during Spring Fling
  • Owner Donald John McKay working in his Luskentyre Harris Tweed Company, Isle of Harris
    Donald John McKay, owner of Luskentyre Harris Tweed Company, Isle of Harris
  • Close up shot of jewellery being created at a workshop
    Sheila Fleet Jewellery

Scotland’s renowned arts and crafts industry produces a fantastic range of authentic products using traditional methods. From jewellery to glassblowing, textiles to pottery, you can explore these unique creations and visit the country’s many workshops and studios for a chance to see how they are made, and even have a go yourself.

Discover the rich history of Scotland’s textile industry at the interactive Borders Textile Towerhouse, where you can learn all about why these internationally renowned materials have been so popular with leading fashion houses including Pringle, Chanel, Dior and Vivienne Westwood.

One way to discover the diversity of local crafts is by following Scotland’s many craft trails which run from as far afield as Kirkcudbright, Orkney and Shetland. There is also the chance to try out a new craft for yourself at a great range of festivals and events. Head to the Spring Fling in Dumfries & Galloway and enjoy the open studio event, where you can see the artists at work and try and master the craft for yourself.

Scotland’s islands also boast their own traditional creations. Visit the Outer Hebrides and find out more about Harris Tweed, or head to Shetland and purchase an iconic Burra Bear, or a sweater featuring the distinctive Fair Isle pattern.

Johnston’s of Elgin on the Moray coast has been producing luxurious cashmere woollens since 1797. Their flagship mill is the only one in Britain where cashmere is transformed from raw fibre to the beautiful finished product.

Recently named a Creative Place, West Kilbride is Scotland’s Craft Town and features unique creations from wood carvings and textiles to basket weaving.

Learn more about the history and importance of tartan to Scottish textiles at the Tartan Weaving Mill on Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile. Find your clan tartan, the different patterns or setts and even create your very own design.

Wherever you are in the country, make sure you discover the great variety of stunning craft creations.

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