Tartan Swatch Images.
View your tartan, order fabric samples and purchase tartan wear, gifts, accessories and Highland Dress for your Clan and family with the Scots Connection tartan finder.
It's always sad and very disappointing when we see retailers/vendors deserting the country to whose heritage they owe their living — just to increase their profit margins. In this increasingly homogenised world there's a growing niche market for the genuine article - real Scottish-woven tartans. A heritage product that hasn't been churned out in substandard foreign mills where issues of health, wages and environmental protection are largely ignored in favour of the unscrupulous retailers and kilt-makers making those few extra bucks and hastening the demise of Scotland's iconic tartans.
Scots Connection operate a strict policy of only selling tartans that are woven in Scottish woollen mills. Our customers can rest assured that they are getting genuine high quality tartan fabrics, accessories and gifts at the best prices.
Our images of authentic Scottish woven tartans from surnames Abercrombie to Young are photographed from our own swatch books to provide the most accurate colour representation possible. However, it's worth noting that the appearance of tartan colours can vary, depending on your computer, tablet or smart phone display settings. If you want to be absolutely sure of the true depth of colour and the texture of a tartan, order a sample.
Our fabric swatch service for ideal for customers who need to view the tartan and feel the quality before placing an order through the website. The cost of your swatch will be refunded when you place an order of over £45.00 in value and notify us of your swatch order reference number.
The story of tartan
Tartan Wear & Accessories
Celebrate your Scottish heritage with authentic Scottish made tartan clothing, gifts and accessories.
What could be more Scottish than tartan? If you buy a tartan scarf, tie, kilt or accessory from a website or shop you will naturally assume that you are getting an authentic Scottish product. Yet sadly, many people who have chosen a ‘Scots tartan’ in all good faith – often paying a high price – are being hoodwinked into buying fake Scottish goods which are actually made in China, India and Pakistan.
So what can you do to avoid foreign imitations and ensure that your tartan is as Scottish as its name?
The Scottish Tartans Authority is an independent organisation dedicated to promoting the weaving of genuine tartan and preserving its traditional role in Scottish culture; only businesses selling authentic Scottish tartan can join. Scots Connection are proud to be members of the Scottish Tartans Authority and we guarantee that all of our tartan gifts, clothing, kilts and fabrics are made in Scotland.
The ever popular pure brushed lambswool tartan scarf makes an ideal small gift and our lightweight scarf in over 500 tartans is the preferred choice with men. Tartan ties are another popular mens gift, ideal for the office or any occasion.
The traditional classic full length tartan sash that we offer is essential wear at weddings, evening balls, Scottish country dancing and ceilidhs. Whilst tartan bags, serapes, shawls and stoles and from the finest of Scottish weavers create an elegant look on any occasion.
Tartan cummerbunds, tartan waistcoats (vests) tartan cufflinks, ruches, braces (or suspenders), self tie bow ties and pre-tied bow ties are popular items of menswear which look outstanding at weddings and evening occasions.
Tartan ribbon is ideal for wedding bouquets, flower arrangements and table decorations at Scottish weddings and other events. Our tartan wedding garters are the perfect accessory for brides with a Scots Connection.
Stylish handmade tartan handbags are both attractive and practical, making them ideal for most occasions.
Our tartan headgear includes traditional tams and tartan golf caps which go down a treat out on the course. Tartan baseball caps are great worn with everyday casual wear.
See our separate tartan material section for low prices on a wide range of the finest authentic woven Scottish tartan fabrics.
Clan Crests and Family Gifts
Crests & gifts for the Clans and families of Scotland.
We specialise in high quality Clan and family gifts all at the lowest prices on the web. We guarantee that all of our Clan merchandise is made here in Scotland, unlike some companies we refuse to sell plastic rubbish and poorly made fake Clan goods from India and the far East. Our choice selection of the best quality Clan gifts includes pewter quaichs, shot glasses, whisky glasses, glencairn glasses, decanters, fridge magnets, glass sculptures, kilt pins, cufflinks, tie and lapel pins, silver charms, cap badges, brooches, pendants, sporrans, kilt belt buckles and key fobs.
We also offer fine quality custom made Edinburgh hallmarked Clan silver cap badges, kilt pins, lapel pins and cufflinks which make ideal gifts for special occasions.
Our Clan certificates make unique personalised gifts for friends and relations on birthdays, weddings, christenings, or on any other occasion. A personalised Clan certificate is the ideal way to display your Scottish Clan heritage in the home or office.
Clan crest shield plaques and coats of arms also make fabulous display items for any room of the home or workplace and make gifts that will delight anyone with Scots Connections. These premium quality Clan crests are hand-crafted in Highland Perthshire from sustainably grown Scottish hardwood and feature a hand painted crest on an authentic Scottish woven tartan background.
The Scots Connection Clan crest viewer to the left features authentic professionally drawn Clan crests as registered at the Public register of all arms and bearings in Scotland (The Lyon Register). View your Clan history, Clan chief's crest and Clan motto along with information on associated families, castles and places pertaining to your Scottish Clan.
Some useful facts about heraldry in Scotland
Tartan Cushions and Throws
Scots Connection has tartan soft furnishings to suit all interiors. Our range of tartan cushions covers, throws and blankets is full of bright vibrant designs that will add colour and comfort to your home. Scatter cushions, throws and blankets are a great way to freshen up your living area.
The finest Scottish woven tartan fabrics.
The dyeing of spun thread in Scotland was once carried out by utilising the nations native plant resources. Lichens, bark, heathers, plants, mosses, berries and seaweed were all widely used depending on locality. The colours obtained by using natural dyes had less predictable results and the would fade over time. The ancient colours of today are authentic tartan designs which are produced in softer shades to replicate the attractive effects produced by vegetable colourings. The development of aniline dyes in the mid 1800's produced a wider range of more intense strong colours, these are the modern or ordinary colours which are so popular today.
Our attractive mellow weathered designs are authentic Scottish tartans which are rendered in the colourings produced by long exposure to the sun and the elements.
We offer thousands of the finest quality authentic Scottish Clan and family tartans all at low prices. No imports guaranteed - we operate a strict policy of only selling traditional tartan fabrics that are actually woven in Scottish woollen mills, ensuring our customers get the genuine high quality pure tartan material, at the lowest prices around.
We're so confident that we offer the best prices on Scottish tartan fabric, we'll refund the difference if you find the same quality at a better price on any UK website.
The lighter weight tartans are used for making a wide variety of items including skirts, dresses, blouses, curtains, table decorations, table runners, tablecloths, napkins, cushion covers, throws, trousers, sashes, scarves, ties, shawls, plaids, cummerbunds, bow ties and light casual kilts for warmer climates.
Our medium and heavy weight tartan fabrics are often used for making throws, curtains, upholstering chairs, stools, settees, seats and sofas, making them ideal for interior furnishing projects as well as traditional kiltmaking.
Read about the story of tartan
Tartan skirts in over five hundred Scottish woven tartans - all with FREE delivery worldwide!
We offer a fantastic selection of made to order tartan skirts from cheeky mini kilts to traditional kilted skirts. There’s a tartan skirt here for every occasion including clubbing, Scottish country dancing, Burns Night, ceilidhs, weddings, parties and formal evening balls.
All of our tartan skirts are made in Scotland to the highest standards, using only the finest Scottish woven tartan.
There are a multitude of companies offering kilts for sale online and not all are good, some are truly awful. Sorting the wheat from the chaff can be a minefield for the average kilt buyer. The internet is awash with websites that are efficient at marketing and hype but have no real experience in kiltmaking. There are also South Asian, and more sadly, Scottish owned businesses selling poorly made cheap imitations of traditional Highland dress, which adds to the problem.
Some of these offerings may seem attractive and look acceptable online but before long they begin to sag and completely lose their shape. Our kilt makers are regularly asked to carry out alteration work on cheap kilts that are poorly stitched and pleated. Many are so badly constructed that alteration is impossible.
Our traditional medium weight and heavy weight kilts are completely hand stitched in time honoured fashion, without compromise, using a minimum of 8 yards 100% pure new worsted wool which is woven in Scotland.
Read about the history of the kilt
Free Worldwide delivery is now available on all Scots Connection kilt packages!
Our own traditional made to measure Highland dress outfits consist of fine hand-stitched Aberdeenshire-made kilts with the best quality Scottish made kilt accessories.
Beware of companies offering cheap kilt outfits, these may look acceptable initially, but before long the kilts begin to sag and lose their shape. Our kiltmakers regularly carry out alteration work on poorly stitched and pleated kilts. Some online and high street retailers offer cheaper packages, cutting corners with the tartan fabric and with the kilt construction, often using cheap inferior quality imported accessories made by child labour in South Asia.
Scots Connection kilts are made here in Aberdeenshire by our own highly trained kilt makers who have over fifty years experience between them. Our kilt makers spent five years learning their craft at traditional family kilt makers in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and over the years they have become renowned for producing perfectly fitting kilts of exceptional quality.
We guarantee that all of our kilt accessories, from the sporran to the real wooden sgian dubh, are made in Scotland by the finest craftsmen.
Read about the history of the kilt
Scotland's finest craftsmen made kilt and Highland Dress accessories.
Our range of quality Scottish kilt accessories has been specially selected from Scottish craftsmen who use the finest of materials.
When it comes to kilt accessories we focus firmly on quality over quantity. Unlike many 'heritage' websites, we guarantee that you won't find any poorly made foreign copies of Scottish kilt accessories in our store.
Add a special touch to your kilt and look a cut above the rest with our range of premium quality Glengarries, Balmorals, Scottish-made sporrans, leather sporran straps, sporran chain straps, sgian dubhs with real wooden handles, kilt accessory gift sets, stag horn dirks, polished pewter kilt pins and cufflinks, Edinburgh hallmarked kilt pins, silver cufflinks from the Western Isles, pewter cufflinks, Clan crest and tartan cufflinks, kilt belts, kilt belt buckles, ghillie brogues, tartan kilt shoe bags, fly plaids, plaid brooches, kilt hose and flashes.
Scottish and Celtic Gifts
We offer a wide selection of Scottish and Celtic gifts for all occasions and budgets.
Crystal shot glasses, love spoons, shortbread moulds and Clan maps make fantastic small presents, as do our high quality Scottish made quaichs which are available in a variety of popular designs, to suit every event and occasion.
Goblets, chalices, tankards and loving cups in pewter and sterling silver make fantastic friendship tokens and wedding gifts. They also look great on display as ornamental pieces.
Our unique range of hand crafted tartan handbags are a popular ladies gift.
If you are looking for something a little bit different you can't go wrong with a beautiful unisex Celtic gemstone pendant, an elegant Celtic torc, a Celtic amulet pendant, or a Celtic jewelry trinket box.
If you're stuck for gift ideas see our gift voucher section for the ideal solution to those gift giving headaches. Scottish gift vouchers are the ideal way to ensure that your family, friends, colleagues and clients get the perfect gift from Scotland. Take the stress out of Christmas and birthday shopping by allowing the recipient of your gift to select the present they really want from our full range of the finest Scottish tartans accessories, Highland dress, Celtic jewellery, Clan crests, Kilts and Scottish gifts.
Silver & Gold Jewellery
Fine Scottish and Celtic jewellery in silver and gold
We stock contemporary and traditional Scots Celtic jewellery to suit all tastes, whether you are searching for a unique gift for a loved one or looking for an individual piece for yourself, our stunning pieces of Scottish jewellery will be admired and treasured for years to come.
Popular jewellery gifts for women include beautiful Edinburgh hallmarked Celtic brooches and pendants, in silver and gold, or stone set with amethyst and cairngorms.
For men, our stylish silver cufflinks and kilt pins set off any outfit, perfect for the man who likes to stand apart from the crowd. The hallmarked silver cufflinks are available in the Celtic cross designs of Iona, Highland targes, contemporary Celtic and also in a wide range of Clan crests. The Edinburgh hallmarked silver and gold kilt pins come in Celtic broadsword, zoomorphic and Clan Crest designs.
Our Edinburgh hallmarked silver and gold unisex Scottish love rings feature Celtic inscriptions of popular Scots Gaelic phrases. These unique statements of enduring love, commitment and loyalty make the bands equally popular as friendship and wedding rings.
Out striking unisex Celtic torcs are substantial pieces with a reassuring high quality feel.
Many websites offer so called Scottish and Celtic jewellery which is actually made in the far East. Scots Connection operate a strict policy of only stocking jewellery which is designed and made in Scotland, ensuring the future of of our Scottish gold & silversmiths centuries old craft.
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