K is for Knockando – or to be more precise Knockando Woolmill. Meaning Hill of Commerce in Gaelic this ancient wool mill in place since 1746 for the local farmers to bring their fleeces to be converted into fabric or knitting yarn is still working today using local wool.
Open seasonally you get the chance to experience the sights and sounds of a working Woolmill and learn the rich history of the site. Knockando is the winner of an EU Cultural Heritage Award in 2016 which makes your visit a real opportunity to take a step back in time and see how a Scottish woollen mill really worked for a community.
Experience the well-preserved housing examples of living conditions in this picturesque wool mill. I love walking through the restored housing imagining the lives of people through the centuries that worked in this Mill.
Remember this Mill started as a service for the local farmers and then mechanised to keep up with the Industrial Revolution making some of the processes easier. Today the Mill produces luxury woollens and yarns for local estates and different markets – you may see or recognise some examples on your tour.
The shop is a treasure trove of exquisite gifts for yourself or your friends.
In a bygone era of everything being sourced locally, it is gratifying to see that the habits for the monks at Pluscarden Abbey are made by Knockando – a true taste of the local community. So if visiting the beautiful Abbey take note.
Don’t forget Knockando Shop and Cafe!
Make sure you leave enough time to visit the shop and maybe find a little piece of Moray history to take home with you. There are some beautiful scarves, throws and other delightful gifts plus a charming café.
While you are in the area you have the option to admire the stunning River Spey or walk along some of the Speyside Way and visit Cardhu distillery.