Moray Speyside’s rich culture of craftsmanship extends far beyond the world of whisky. For centuries, The Malt Whisky Trail area has been home to weavers, makers, and builders. The fruits of the region are sold the world over, and celebrated by global retail powerhouses.
At the top of The Malt Whisky Trail, Johnstons of Elgin stands as a testament to the region’s textiles prowess. The historic mill has been producing fine cashmere, tweeds, and woollens for hundreds of years, and is now a globally recognised centre of excellence. Fashion houses including Hermes, Missoni, and Burberry call on the expert craftsmen of Elgin to bring their designs to life. The Johnstons of Elgin site houses a large store filled with the family-run firm’s own designs, as well as other quality Scottish products. The mill is a fantastic place to visit if you are also visiting the nearby Glen Moray distillery.
Further along the trail, standing near the Cardhu distillery, is the historic Knockando Wool Mill. It is recognised as a unique part of Scotland’s manufacturing heritage and was awarded significant funding for its restoration. The site, which was restored in the year 2000, houses a delightful shop which showcases the mill’s unique range. The mill is a fantastic place to discover Speyside’s craft heritage.
In Dufftown, near the Glenfiddich distillery, you can lose yourself in the Collector’s Cabin – a shop filled with curiosities and antiques, many of which come from the area’s rich past. In Keith, near the Strathisla Distillery, ‘Mither Tongue’ sells gifts and cards inspired by the local Scots dialect, Doric.
Back in Elgin, Pencil Me In is a contemporary gift shop selling Scottish design and locally produced wares.
Further east, near the Dallas Dhu and Benromach distilleries, Logie Steading is a centre of craft, art, and literature. Logie Steading makes for an interesting day out with a wide variety of things to see and do: Contemporary Art and Gifts in the Galleries, Secondhand Books, Antique Country Furniture, Whisky and Wine Shop, Diva Designs – beautiful felt and felt-making courses run throughout the year, and a Heritage Centre exploring the fact and fable of the River Findhorn. The cooks in the highly acclaimed Olive Tree Café create the most delicious food. Logie House Garden is open and grows many of the hardy plants available in the Farm and Garden Shop.