Millers & Merchants Tour

Ayrshire Tour

Autumn Date To Be Announced Soon

‘Tradition, Style, Innovation, Lace & Madras.’

Tasting History Ayrshire Tours (THAT co.) presents the Millers and Merchants Tour - an opportunity to obtain a unique glimpse into the fascinating history of Ayrshire's textile and lace production and to visit a current lace manufacturer who is still utilising original Victorian methods.

This tour allows you to step back in time to see how the textile and lace manufacturing industry of the past influenced fashion, trade and benefitted other local businesses. You will also be able to see lace being manufactured in 2019.

This full day tour starts at 10am at Dalgarven Mill Museum in Kilwinning which is a former grain mill built in 1880. The mill houses one of the finest collections of Scottish costumes dating from 1775 and has over 3000 items in its collection. See the finest costumes up close and learn about the textiles.

The second stop on the tour is to Lamlash House in Newmilns, built in 1890. It is a former bank manager’s house, which provided a banking service to local businesses and to the lace mills further down the road. The original owner of Lamlash House had a family connection to Joseph Hood, a pioneer of the mechanisation of the lace looms. Lamlash House showcases Stephen Adam stained glass panels. At luncheon, served in the former banking hall, you will meet Annie Currie, house maid at Lamlash House in 1901 and will learn of the events in the house in that year.

The final stop on the tour is to MYB Textiles in Newmilns. MYB Textiles is now the only producer in the world manufacturing patterned lace with original Nottingham Lace Looms, some of which are over 90 years old. This is a unique opportunity to see a fully functioning lace mill in operation and to learn about the history of the business.

This tour will appeal to those interested in local history, the development of Scottish textiles and lace production and the people behind its production, both the manual and white-collar workers.

Ticket price includes entry to all three establishments and a light lunch in the Charles Rennie Mackintosh inspired Banking Hall of Lamlash House. Own transport is necessary. Tickets can be purchased through Tasting History Ayrshire Tours (THAT co.)

More information is available at or by calling Tour Guide Janet on 07707 873 210.