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2022 Update - The Skyeskyns shop at Waternish is open and can be visited freely. Tours of the Tannery are available but only by pre-booking.

Skyeskyns is the only traditional exhibition tannery in Scotland and is located on the Waternish peninsula of the Isle of Skye.

The visit to the workshop is extremely interesting, and the guides explain the tanning process with a lot of humour.  They use traditional techniques and handcraft each skin to make the leather exceptionally smooth. They then comb the wool, using specialised machinery and a lot of elbow grease. The whole process takes two and a half weeks and ends up with wonderfully soft rugs.

After the workshop, visitors are taken to the showroom which displays a large array of sheepskins of variable sizes, colours and prices. The size and colour only depends on the breed of sheep, no artificial products are used. A range of accessories is available as well, including gloves, slippers or pet rugs.

Skyeskyns offers the perfect opportunity to combine sightseeing with a very tactile shopping experience to bring back home an unusual souvenir from Scotland.

You can get a taste for what's on offer at their very stylish website. It's just a pity that you can't get to touch the stuff online.


Skyeskyns, 17 Lochbay, Waternish, Isle of Skye, IV55 8GD

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Opening Hours:

All year round, everyday, 10 am to 5 pm


Visiting the shop is free, Tours of the tannery and work shop cost £5 for 2, £10 for groups up to 4, £15 for groups up to 8.






Yes to the workshop / tannery, not to the shop which is upstairs.






Yes, in the summer season they have a "Yurt" cafe doing light snacks. And in the nearby village of Stein there is the Stein Inn and Loch Bay Restaurant

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