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Introducing Famously Hawick

Updated: Jan 10, 2022

For the finest collection of premium Scottish products, there’s only one town to visit.

The Cashmere, Tweed and Whisky Town of Hawick is just 5 miles away.

Hawick in the Scottish Borders has a rich manufacturing heritage and an international reputation for producing quality goods.

From the ‘Home of Tweed’ and some of the best cashmere and knitwear producers in the world today to the first whisky distillery to open in the Scottish Borders since 1837. This special collection of weavers, knitters and distillers are all located between the four bridges of Hawick, and quite simply, nowhere else will you find such a wide range of premium Scottish products all made in the same town.

Discover for yourself what fashion houses, designers and discerning visitors have known for more than a century and source luxurious goods in the very place where they were created.

In the heart of the beautiful Scottish Borders and just over an hour from Edinburgh and Carlisle, unwrap ‘Famously Hawick’ for yourself.

Made here. Sold here. Unmissable.

The Borders Distillery

Distillery and Visitor Centre

Commercial Road Hawick TD9 7AQ

The first Scotch Whisky Distillery to open in the Scottish Borders since 1837, this new distillery is dedicated to making great whisky and gin and to capturing the spirit of the Borders.

The Borders Distillery uses local raw ingredients, including water from a borehole on site and barley grown in The Scottish Borders. This is used to distil a new-make malt spirit which will become both its single malt scotch whisky and its gin, William Kerr’s Borders Gin.

Housed in a carefully restored Victorian industrial site, the distillery retains many original features and is a landmark building in the centre of Hawick, making it both familiar and new.

Tours are available every hour to experience the built heritage of the building and to learn about the distilling process before taking some time to enjoy a wee dram. Alongside the whisky and gin, the Visitor Centre showcases a range of carefully selected products, including clothing, glassware and books.


Visitor Centre and Factory Store

Arthur Street Hawick TD9 9QA

As one of the leading cashmere brands in the world today, this specialist manufacturer is committed to producing luxurious cashmere knitwear from its Trinity Mills in Hawick.

In fact, Hawico’s history of manufacturing can be traced all the way back to 1874, and ever since then, it has been perfecting the art of designing and producing knitwear to the highest possible quality standards using only the finest raw materials and state of the art production. All sweaters and pullovers are made in its factory by skilled craftsmen and craftswomen with decades of experience behind them.

Hawico invites you right in to the heart of production in its Visitor Centre where you can watch seamless garments being knitted from the spacious viewing gallery. And in the adjoining Factory Store there is the opportunity to purchase a huge selection of men’s and ladies knitwear in almost every colour, including previous seasons’ collections at much reduced and very affordable factory prices.

Johnstons of Elgin & Coffee Shop

Heritage Centre, Retail Store and Coffee Shop

Eastfield Mills Mansfield Road Hawick TD9 8AA

Johnstons of Elgin are the only manufacturer in Scotland to have the capability to take natural fibres from a raw state through every stage of the process to perfectly finished products in cashmere, vicuna, lambswool and merino.

Alexander Johnston established the Elgin mill in 1797 and the Hawick mill started production in the 1970’s but Eastfield Mill has been at the centre of textile production in the town for more than 140 years.

Our guided mill tours reveal the specialist skills that go into creating Johnstons of Elgin luxury knitted cashmere and woollen goods. Discover how experienced local craftspeople fuse traditional methods, passed down through many generations, with cutting edge processes and techniques.

The bright and spacious retail space in this 5-star Visitor Centre provides the opportunity to choose the perfect piece to take home from our men’s, women’s, children’s and home interiors collections. This quality experience extends to our Coffee Shop where all ingredients in our home baking and lunches are sourced locally from handpicked suppliers in or around Hawick.

William Lockie

Knitwear Store Teviotdale Mills

Commercial Road Hawick TD9 7AQ

As one of the oldest family run luxury knitwear businesses based in the Scottish Borders, William Lockie is steeped in history and tradition.

“Lockies” as they are fondly known, dates back to 1874 and are renowned for producing the softest, finest and most luxurious knitwear in the world. The secret is in the use of the highest quality raw materials coupled with the precision of their manufacturing process – producing knitwear like no other.

Located in Hawick on the banks of the River Teviot, Lockies is proud to remain a family run business with skilled workers from the same local families who’ve been employed for generations. The William Lockie Knitwear Store stocks a wonderful selection of the knitwear produced by Lockies including cashmere, lambswool, merino, camelhair and super geelong sweaters and accessories.

They also stock a selection of the highest quality brands in country wear, Chrysalis Coats, Brax Trousers, Olney hats.

Lovat Mill

Commercial Road Hawick TD9 7AQ

Tweed, one of Scotland’s finest gifts to the world and originating here in Hawick. Proud to be ‘The Home of Tweed’, Lovat Mill continues to tell the story of Tweed in its birthplace and produces the largest selection of stocked Tweeds in Scotland. Woven here in the mill, these are available by the metre and range from lighter jacketing weights up to more robust ‘Sporting Tweeds’, suitable for country pursuits and home furnishings.

Lovat Mill is also famous for its woven throws and blankets as well as offering a wide selection of accessories, including Tweed caps and hand-crafted bags, all available from the mill shop.

Lovat Mill is Scotland’s premier weaver of Estate and Regimental Tweeds, currently proud to supply more than 150 private estates and military regiments throughout the UK.

As well as producing wool ‘Tweeds’, pure Cashmere and other luxury fabrics. The mill develops exclusive designs directly with a select group of discerning customers, creating cloths appropriate to the demand of today’s international clothing and home furnishing industries.

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