Johnstons of Elgin has been creating the finest woollen and cashmere cloth, clothing and accessories since 1797.
Johnstons of Elgin: 216 years in the making
Cashmere, the finest fibre in existence, has been prized throughout the centuries for its warmth and softness. As popular with climbers scaling Everest as it is with those simply following the latest fashion trends, cashmere is a true luxury product - and one that will be irrevocably associated with the Johnstons of Elgin name.
The process begins in the farthest reaches of Mongolia, where the raw material is combed by hand from the downy undercoat of the rare cashmere goat. From there, the fibre is shipped to the Johnstons of Elgin mill, on the banks of the River Lossie. Here, on the same site that the company has occupied since 1797, the cashmere is dyed, teased, carded, spun and hand-finished by the latest generation of Elgin craftsmen. And, though the enterprise now covers 20 acres, employs 790 people and utilises some of the most advanced textile equipment in the world, the basic production process - and the superior quality of the end product - has changed very little since the company's founding.
Visitors are welcome to find out more about the production process on one of our popular free mill tours.
Free mill tours are available daily in Elgin and Hawick
Monday - Thursday: All Day
Friday: Mornings only
Visit our shop in Elgin
Take time to browse our ladieswear, menswear and childrenswear collections at our spectacular 5* visitor destination.
From fashionistas to foodies, at Johnstons of Elgin we cater for everyone in our stunning Food Hall. We pride ourselves as one of the world's finest cashmere producers. The same values are shared when it comes to selecting the finest foods - from local produce to global specialities, only the best is good enough.
Enjoy Scottish home baking, freshly ground coffee, speciality teas or a light meal in our bright and airy coffee shop. Let us tempt you with fine homemade soups, fresh salads and award winning salmon.
The Coffee Shop is open 7 days, serving morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. We source local produce, and are now adding the finest ingredients from the Food Hall to the menu.
While touring the Kingdom of Fife, visit Johnstons of Elgin on Pilmour Links in St Andrews for a unique chance to purchase your own piece of Johnstons cashmere, lambswool or tweed. The staff are all experts in their trade, offering an outstanding service and advice on colour and style. You can be assured a warm welcome.