Tartan Weaving Mill – Royal Mile – Edinburgh

edinburgh tartan mill

If there’s a pattern that has stood the test of time it’s tartan. From the Highland warriors of yesteryear to the catwalks of today, the classic checks are always in demand. I remember visiting the Tartan Weaving Mill and Exhibition in Edinburgh and being fascinated by how varied this colourful fabric can be. 

Located on the famous Royal Mile, next to Edinburgh Castle, this free sight lets you take a look inside a working weaving mill to see the creative process from the looms to the shop floor. This place is massive and there’s a definite factory feel as the machines are constantly going in the background and numerous rolls of material are piled up everywhere with eye-popping effect. 

If you’re up for spending money, you can purchase the finished tartan products or even get your picture taken in full Highland dress. There are other businesses on site such as the Royal Mile Armouries selling very convincing replica armour and weaponry – just in case you have a Scottish battle re-enactment to plan or, like Andy, just want to try on some helmets!

I also wrote a post about how to wear tartan stylishly if you’re interested.

edinburgh tartan mill

edinburgh tartan mill

edinburgh tartan mill

edinburgh tartan mill

edinburgh tartan mill

edinburgh tartan mill

 

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edinburgh tartan mill

 

Tartan Weaving Mill and Exhibition

555 Castlehill

Edinburgh

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Have you visited Edinburgh? Are you a fan of tartan? 

 

5 Comments

    • November 21, 2013 / 11:04

      Thanks, is it making you want to go and get yourself a tartan scarf or kilt ;-)

  1. November 9, 2013 / 06:12

    I would love to visit this Tartan Weaving Mill. Andy looks quite dashing in his armour.

    • November 21, 2013 / 11:04

      Ha ha, it suits him doesn’t it? Love that it was free as well and easy to get to located so close to castle :-)