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. Winner of an EU Cultural Heritage Award in 2016 make the most of this opportunity to take a step back in time. 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 this Mill.
Remember this was the equivalent of diversification not a Woolmill on a large industrial scale. Nowadays the Mill produces luxury woollens and yarns for local estates and different markets – you may see or recognise some examples on your tour.
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 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.