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, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary with a four-day event between 2 - 5 June. Watch 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.