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Islay Woollen Mill

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Address: Bridgend PA44 7PG, Scotland
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Beautiful woollens in a handsome old building

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... read more

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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Tilburg, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 is my place to go to.

Thank Fred B
Alberta, Canada
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Kendal, United Kingdom
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387 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were given a brief tour and information on the history of this woollen mill by the owner, Gordon. Fascinating, with plenty of opportunity to purchase some lovely items woven at the mill. Do not pass it by.

Thank lakelover908
Crieff, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

As a spinner and dyer this shop was such a treat for me. The owner is very helpful and friendly and takes you on a tour of the mill. He explained the origin of the various tartans . Beautiful assortment of tartans and ready made shawls, scarves, hats and clothes to buy. Prices are good and they have a website... More 

Thank rossamada
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Great experience. Idyllic location, real piece of heritage which they work very hard to maintain. Gordon was keen to chat about the history of the place but putting no pressure on purchase. Amazing quality as standard and has produced goods for several notable people and occasions. This includes the film braveheart! A must visit when in the area.

Thank Oscar J
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Very cool detour on Islay to see how their items are made. We got a tour upstairs of the huge looms and purchased a blanket and hat.

Thank Carrie P
Hamburg, Germany
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

Great historic setting with ancient machinery. Besides an outstanding variety of fabrics and a (smaller) variety of ready made clothes it is Mr. Gordon Covell, the charismatic owner with his countless most interesting stories about former visitors (yes - the Queen was among them...), who makes the difference.

Thank Reisepeter2014
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

We parked our cars in the Spar car park and walked through the woods to the Mill. It took around 30 minutes and it was very muddy but all eight of us enjoyed the fresh air! We had a short tour, the shop is tiny. The owner conducted our short tour and very modestly explained how he has provided tartans... More 

Thank M0nk3y47
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57 reviews
49 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 7 October 2016

The gentleman giving the tour was very nice and informative. It was cool getting to see all of the old equipment still working. The entire experience was great. It was like a step back in time.

Thank Bradford B

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