A hands-on museum where the traditional weaver's craft comes to life
Step back in time to when Kilbarchan was at the heart of a thriving textile industry.
Experience what it was like to live in this atmospheric cottage over 200 years ago.
See the last working handloom in the village.
Look out for plants that were once used to make fabric dyes in the pretty cottage garden.
This traditionalKilbarchan cottage will transportyoubackto a time whenhand-woven textiles were the pride of Scotland’s weaving industry.
Weaver’s Cottagevividly re-creates the living and working conditions of a typical handloom weaver. With low ceiling beams and period furniture, it helps give an insight into life before the Industrial Revolution.
Today, the weavers specialise in makingtartan on a 200-year-old loom.
Outside, traditional dye plants, including woad and madder, are grown in the garden, along with a wide range of cottage garden plants, both edible and ornamental.
The friendly, knowledgeable staff and volunteers are happy to explain the weaving process, show you how the looms and spinning wheels work, and fill you in on the history of Scotland’s textile industry.
Watch a fascinating documentary on how Kilbarchan helped to develop and produce Paisley shawls.
The shop is one of the few places in Scotland which sells items completely handwoven on a traditional handloom. Cushions, honey, preserves, and other cottage-related products are also available.
Dogs on a lead are welcome in the garden.
A free public car park is situated 100m from the cottage.
Friday morning visits are available for pre-booked groups of 12–15 people between April and September. Guided tours take around 1 hour 15 minutes and can be tailored to suit the needs of the group, with themes including life in pre-Industrial Revolution times, textiles, furniture, weaving, and ancestral research.
We also offer visits for people with learning difficulties and visually impaired people.
Coach parking is available 400m from the cottage.
The property manager is happy to visit local schools. For more details, please contact the property.
Parking is available on the street beside the cottage.
Access to and around the cottage is difficult, with two steps into the cottage, uneven floors, winding stairs and low ceilings.
There is an uneven, sloping garden with narrow gravel paths.
A subtitled audiovisual programme is available.
Weaver's Cottage is in Kilbarchan, 12 miles south-west of Glasgow.
There is a frequent service, No 38, from Paisley, Glasgow and from Johnstone rail station (2 miles) which passes the door.