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Why do you offer garments by different kiltmakers?

We aim to offer the finest range of kilts in the world, which is why we let you choose from several brands. All our kiltmakers are specialists producing only excellent quality garments; we never supply the cheaper imported copies sold by competitors. We have four main kilt ranges: 1. Manley Richardson Manley Richardson (web site) is internationally recognised as producers (More...)

Where can I find more in-depth information about kilts & tartans?

Scotweb’s MD, Dr Nicholas J Fiddes, has written a free illustrated e-book, as a gift to help kilt lovers everywhere. In simple non-technical language it covers every aspect of buying a kilt, choosing your tartan, and accessorising an outfit for every occasion. As a Governor of the Scottish Tartans Authority, and founder of the world’s first (More...)

Are hand-sewn or machine-sewn kilts better?

Firstly, all our adult kilts are really hand-made. We never sell the bulk factory produced imported ‘kilts’ that some of our less reputable competitors pass off as the “authentic” article. So every kilt we produce (other than our lowest priced children’s kilts) is expertly custom made in your individual measurements and specifications. And all these kilts (More...)

Why are some fabrics said to have a ‘kilting selvedge’?

A properly made traditional kilt should ideally use a fabric woven with a Kilting Selvedge. This means that instead of being manufactured on the high-speed looms that produce cheaper bulk materials, the tartan is woven on a shuttle loom. This slower process gives the kilt its distinctive cleanly cut bottom edge, without the visible fringe (More...)

Do you pleat your kilts to the sett or the stripe?

The repeating pattern in a tartan means that two quite distinct appearances can be had to the rear of a kilt, depending on how it is pleated. Kilts can be pleated either to the sett, so that the tartan pattern is preserved in the pleating, or else to the stripe, so that the same vertical (More...)

Why don’t you sell cheaper kilts?

We believe our prices for both traditional 8 yard kilts and for well-made Casual Kilts are the lowest in the world for comparable quality. Some retailers sell things they describe as a “kilt” for prices lower than ours - in some cases much lower. But such products can range in quality from poor to dreadful, (More...)

Why do your kilts cost so much less than other kiltmakers?

Most importantly, we never economise on quality. Our kilts, like all our products, are made to the highest standards in the industry, both in their materials and in their manufacture. We will never sell second rate products just to save a few pounds, as we believe strongly that our company’s reputation for quality and integrity (More...)

What materials can my Kilt be made from?

Traditionally a kilt is made only of 100% pure new wool, usually in tartan. In our Tartan Finder we offer by far the world’s largest choice of tartans, and you can even design your own tartan. But any kilt, and especially the less formal Casual Kilt, can be made in a variety of fabrics. The most popular (More...)

Choosing a Casual Kilt or Traditional 8 yard Kilt

Either style of kilt can be made in almost any material. You can have a Casual Kilt (aka Sports Kilt) made in your family tartan, or a traditional 8 yard kilt in (for example) denim, camouflage, or plain colours. The difference lies in the height of the waist line, and the amount of material used. (More...)