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Islay Woollen Mill

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Address: Bridgend PA44 7PG, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1496 810563

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Well worth detour when on whisky tour

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Hamburg, Germany
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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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
Olgiate Olona Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Nice place in a beautiful setting with a lot of history and very nice products. To be honest we couldn't figure out how many of the products are actually still manufactured on site but we enjoyed our visit and the owners friendliness in showing us around. If on Islay don't miss it.

Thank lalelu62
Greater London, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Small, working wooden mill run by a Father & Son from Yorkshire (?). Shop part of mill so full of stuff it's hard to see the wheat for the chaff, however the mill part is great, AND they will turn it on for you. Son says he put machinery back together (and it's obviously a love of his). In loft... More 

Thank Fargo2016
Constant Traveller
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

My golfing buddy and I visited the Old Woolen Mill in August 2016. This is a remarkable facility that everyone should visit not just because of the history but also because of the fascinating and ancient technology on display. The woolen mill is a sturdy stone building on the banks of a fast-moving stream which had, hundreds of years ago,... More 

Thank PilotMike2009
Wooster, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Quite an interesting place to visit. We stopped in for a quick look-around, and ended up spending a good hour there. They have some very nice woolen products. While not cheap, you can't fault the quality, not every woolen mill does work for the royal family, movies, and Savile Row tailors. Nicely understated as well, unlike Harris Tweed. We had... More 

Thank Angus M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

The owner offers a short tour of the mill, which is free of charge. This is one of the last of the woolen mills doing things in really the old fashioned way, with original equipment. The tour is mostly a recap of the owners career and film and royal projects that he worked on. If you're a buff of antique... More 

Thank Ken H
Huntly, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Have visited many times but not for some years. Delighted to see little if anything has changed. The Mill is personified by its working equipment which when fired up makes the most wonderful noise... A joy to behold Plenty of produce for sale, with beautiful tweeds suits, jackets and hats A must visit for all Islay visitors

Thank andrew p
Wilmslow Cheshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

A family run business using traditional weaving methods and selling top quality goods. If you can talk to the owner as his life is worth listening to and worth a visit in its own right.

Thank Wilmslow_People

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