The mill is nestled by a woodland stream near Bridgend on the Isle of Islay, one of the largest and most southern Hebridean Islands. Islay is known mostly for its whisky production, but tweeds have been woven at the mill since Victorian times
The Islay Woollen Mill was built in 1883 and remains unusually complete with waterwheel and early machinery including two Dobcross looms dating from the 1920s. Since its re-opening in 1981, the Mill is a traditional family-run business.
Cloth designed by the Islay woollen mill has featured in Hollywood blockbusters, including Braveheart, Forrest Gump, Rob Roy, Warhorse, and more recently The Big Friendly Giant.
Islay Woollen Mill's light to medium weight tweeds are an ideal weight for spring and cool summer nights. We have chosen some vintage style subdued tweeds and some more vibrant ones to add to Bookster's website.