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Textile Tour of Scotland

Producing a scarf for the Brooks Brothers Black Fleece label, designed by Thom Browne, at J.J. & H.B. 1788 Cashmere Mills, in Innerleithen, in the Borders region.

Photo: Martin Morrell

T+L carved a route through the Borders region to the Highlands and discovers why—when it comes to tartans, cashmere, and tweed—some things will always be done by hand. Read the article

Destinations: Stobo · Perthshire · Nairn · Innerleithen · Walkerburn · Hawick · Elgin · Selkirk

Inspired by: Discovering Scotland's Handmade Clothes — by Heather Smith MacIsaac, Published Oct. 2009

Hotels (5)

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    Windlestraw Lodge

    Set high above the road, with views over the Tweed River valley from most of its six bright rooms. Owner Julie Reid will walk you through the whisk

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    Traquair House

     Former hunting lodge of Scottish royalty that offers three elegant guest rooms.

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    Killiecrankie House Hotel

    Small hotel surrounded by four acres of woods and perennial gardens. The restaurant and bar are popular with locals.

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    Boath House Hotel

    An eight-room Regency mansion where Slow Food chef Charles Lockley creates six-course Scottish dinners.

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    Stobo Castle Health Spa

    A 19th-century stone mansion with a new spa. Book the Cashmere Suite for the ultimate in cocooning: bedroom walls lined with claret-colored Holland

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Activities (5)

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    Peter Scott

    At Peter Scott, a label most associated with golf sweaters customized with club logos, signing up for a factory tour is as straightforward as enter

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    Lochcarron of Scotland

    Each of the 1,300 tartans Lochcarron makes is a meaningful interpretation of a grid, and every design is copyrighted and listed with the Scottish R

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    Johnstons

    Johnstons (est. 1797) is one of the oldest mills in Scotland. Certainly, its approach to business is up-to-date. Here is a company that recognizes

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    Caerlee Mills Ltd.-Factory Shop

    New president and CEO Massimiliano “Max” Zegna Baruffa plans to bring much needed energy to Scottish cashmere’s most luxurious label. Though the co

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    Borders Textile Towerhouse

    In a 16th-century edifice of rough and smooth stone, the textile museum opened in the spring of 2008. Move from sobering displays on the second flo

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