The Islay Woollen Mill was first established in 1883 and is Islay's only Mill. Since its re-opening in 1981, it is owned and run by Gordon and Sheila Covell and produces a wide range of products including rugs, scarves, caps, tweed jackets and kilts as well as raw fabrics.
The Mill is a traditional family-run business and uses two looms dating from Victorian times. Some of the machinery is unique and historical and much of it is still in use. A team of seven is currently employed at the Mill, including Gordon's wife Sheila and his son Marcus.
The Mill creates designs and then weaves them on its own looms. The designs were featured in Hollywood blockbusters such as Braveheart, Forrest Gump, Rob Roy and Far and Away.
Although most of the material produced is sold to firms in England, Scotland, France and Germany, the Mill produces a wide range of their own products. For further details, please feel free to browse the shop.
Islay Woollen Mill is situated just off the main Port Askaig road near Bridgend. The map below shows exactly where we are. Why not come and visit us?