• The Weaver's Cottage
    The Weaver's Cottage© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Traditional use of the spinning wheel
    Traditional use of the spinning wheel© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Woven Tartan
    Woven Tartan© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Traditional weaving
    Traditional weaving© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Traditional use of the spinning wheel
    Traditional use of the spinning wheel© The National Trust for Scotland

Step into Weaver’s Cottage and be transported back to the days when Kilbarchan was at the heart of the thriving Scottish textile industry.

This restored historic 18th-century cottage near Glasgow vividly recreates the living and working conditions of a typical handloom weaver.

See how a traditional tartan was made 200 years ago, completely by hand using original equipment in a unique setting. You can also have a go at weaving on a modern equivalent and try your hand with a spinning wheel.

There are hundreds of tiny tartan fabric samples on display, all hand-woven in the village, and you can also see examples of the world-famous Paisley pattern.

But it’s not all about weaving – the cottage has a fascinating collection of period furnishings, household objects, photographs and parish records, giving a real insight into everyday life in Scotland before the Industrial Revolution.

Visitors can try their hand at the old skills of weaving, pirn winding and spinning. Plants and herbs used to make natural dyes are grown in the attractive cottage garden.


National Trust for Scotland, Cashmere Scarf

National Trust for Scotland, Cashmere Scarf

Luxurious cashmere scarf featuring the new National Trust for Scotland tartan. The exclusive tartan was designed with Johnstons of Elgin and made in Scotland. 100% cashmere. …

National Trust for Scotland, Cashmere Scarf£45.00
 

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Opening times & Prices

29 Aug
  • Cottage: 13.00 - 17.00
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Prices
  • Member: FREE
  • Adult: £6.50
  • Family: £16.50
  • 1 Parent: £11.50
  • Concession: £5.00

Gradings & Awards

  • The Green Tourism Award - Bronze
  • Scottish Tourist Board - 4 Star

5 day weather forecast

  • Fri 29/08 : Moderate or heavy rain in area with thunder 15°C 15°C 29/08
  • Sat 30/08 : Partly Cloudy 16°C 16°C 30/08
  • Sun 31/08 : Partly Cloudy 16°C 16°C 31/08
  • Mon 01/09 : Cloudy 18°C 18°C 01/09
  • Tue 02/09 : Partly Cloudy 20°C 20°C 02/09