The Creation of Ardnahoe Tweed

Tweed dates way back to the 18th century, and is a rough, woollen fabric traditionally hand-woven on a loom. Known to be originally used by Scottish farmers to help them endure those harsh Scottish winters. During this time, the tweed was woven to be as weather resistant as possible, it was very thick and did not feature the colourful and intricate designs it’s now renowned for. Tweed was always seen as an expensive item of clothing worn by hunters and farmers, however over time it has developed into a desired fashion item and is worn worldwide.

Our official Ardnahoe tweed was designed and produced exclusively by The Islay Woollen Mill. A family-run business, first established in 1883, using looms dating back to the Victorian times.  Their tweed is extremely sought after in the industry and has been featured in several well-known movies including Braveheart, Forrest Gump and Far and Away. The Islay Tweed created here is unique, with a distinctively untamed character not unlike that of Harris Tweed, but with a charm and feel all of its own.

When creating a Tweed, one of the most essential aspects is its place of birth, which is exactly what the Islay Woollen Mill used used for inspiration when designing our Ardnahoe Tweed. The colours and fabrics used convey a number of characteristics of the beautiful landscape surrounding Ardnahoe, including the purple heather, the rust bracken, the green fields, the blue sea water and the grey of the Paps of Jura.

The Islay Woollen Mill have had a range of Ardnahoe Tweed products created including hip flasks, scarves and bags, all of which are available for purchase in our distillery Visitor Centre.