Johnstons of Elgin – Scottish Cashmere
If you are visiting Scotland this winter, you’ll need to wrap up warm!
Nothing combats the cold quite like a cosy piece of cashmere, which the country is famed for. Johnstons of Elgin have been making quality cashmere clothing for over 200 years now in their historic mills, based in Elgin and Hawick. Visitors are welcome to stop by either location for a free tour to find out for themselves how everything is crafted from start to finish.
It all began on the banks of the River Lossie in 1797, where Johnstons of Elgin has been based ever since. The mill is really easy to find and just a short walk from Elgin train station. The Hawick site is located in the beautiful Scottish Borders, right beside the River Teviot. You can book a free mill tour any day of the week from Monday to Thursday and Friday mornings.
Guided by professionals, the tour takes you through every stage of the production process. You’ll be able to get first-hand experience of how the fibres are used and learn about the variety used by Johnstons of Elgin; these fibres include cashmere, lambswool and merino, and one of the rarest fibres in the world – vicuña. Follow how the fibre is dyed, teased, carded and spun, then walk through the factory to discover how it’s woven and finished.
Once you’ve seen how everything is made, treat yourself to some shopping in the retail store. Browse a huge range of clothing for men, women and children in an array of patterns and styles. Take a look at all the accessories on offer, including cashmere scarves, hats, gloves and socks, for the perfect gift to yourself or a loved one. Johnstons of Elgin also have a great Home Interiors collection to view. Beautiful throws to suit all tastes and fabrics which can be used for curtaining or upholstery are available to purchase by the running metre. The quality is truly outstanding and whatever you buy is sure to stand the test of time.
No trip to Johnstons of Elgin would be complete without a visit to the café. The Elgin and Hawick cafes offer a sumptuous selection of food and drinks to enjoy before or after your tour. As part of Visit Scotland’s Quality Assurance Scheme, Taste Our Best, they pride themselves on sourcing only the finest local ingredients. Take your pick from a variety of sandwiches and salads, as well as fresh homemade soups and baked potatoes. Their home baking is particularly irresistible with Afternoon Tea available daily. The cafés are open seven days a week with a children’s menu available.
To book your very own mill tour, visit Johnstons of Elgin online and pick a time that suits you best. There’s no limit to the amount of people you can take in your party, therefore, it’s a day out for the whole family to enjoy. Each site has free parking and Wi-Fi available in the cafes, and is fully wheelchair accessible. A trip to Johnstons of Elgin is a must if you’re visiting the Scottish Borders or the Highlands.