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Scottish Kilts - Questions & Answers

The smallest size of kilt we provide for hire is 18 inches around the waist and 10 inches long. All of our new kilts are made-to-measure and this would be about the smallest size available due to the quality and thickness of the cloth. This size would fit a child aged 18 months - 2 years.

We also sell ready made tartan skirts in small sizes that are very similar to a kilt.

A sporran is a pouch or bag that hangs at the front of the kilt and is used for storage. In times gone by it would likely carry a hip flask and other traditional accessories. In sporrans today, you are more likely to find an wallet player and a mobile phone! Here is our full range of sporrans.

Approx 6 to 8 weeks. We produce the highest quality kilts available, made from the highest quality materials.

There are factors that may very occasionally extend that timescale.

To find out more, go to the Kilt Buyers Guide - Part 2.

The simple answer to this question is 3oz.

To expand, heavy weight cloth is woven to 16oz / yard which 3oz per yard more than the medium weight cloth. To find out how this affects the kilt, have a look at the Kilt Buyer's Guide - Part 1.

Our kilts are all hand made in the traditional fashion by our kiltmaker Michele.

Michele's kilts are of the finest quality all made with pride and expertise, here in Scotland.

Its very much a family business - Michele is from a family of kiltmakers having had all the skills passed down from her Mother.

If your kilt is very dirty and in need of a proper clean, you will need to take it to a reputable dry-cleaner.

Any light marks can be sponged off with a damp cloth. DO NOT put the kilt in the washing machine.

We offer a made-to-measure service that means we can make a small kilt to fit any size from about 18 months upwards.

Children's kilt jackets are also available made-to-measure. We also sell kilted skirts in small sizes and these look the same as kilts on children up to about 4 years old.

The Scottish clans offered highly effective men to fight for the Jacobite cause. The Jacobites were responsible for taking on the government forces in an attempt to restore the Stuarts to the throne after the interference of parliament handed the throne to the Dutchman, William of Orange.

The Jacobites were defeated. The government, keen to stop such an uprising within the British mainland from happening again sought to dissolve any trace of Celtic and Gaelic culture and integrate the Highlanders into the dominant culture. The Dress Act came into force on 1 August 1746 and made the wearing of tartan or a kilt illegal in Scotland.

There were exceptions for the regimental tartans of the forces, the Black Watch being the most famous example. The law was repealed in 1782.

The earliest kilts were simply a large square of tartan. The individual would lay a belt on the ground, pleat the cloth by hand and lay it on the belt.

They would then lie down, wrap the pleated cloth round the waist and fasten the belt. Once standing, the trailing cloth was gathered and placed over the shoulder and secured with a broach. This is known as the Feileadh Mor kilt. Modern kilts are sewn together to make them more practical.

A matching plaid is worn over the shoulder which recreates the look of the Feileadh Mor.

The kilt should not sit lower than the centre of the kneecap. Some people wear the kilt a fraction shorter, this is fine as long as the kilt is not above the top of the kneecap.

Absolutely not! Anyone can wear a kilt.

The kilt is growing in popularity and the Scottish people are delighted that other nations are enthusiastic about our national dress. Don't be shy, try on a kilt, you'll love it!

It is an age-old question and one that is asked time and time again. What does a Scotsman wear under his kilt?

The answer really is nothing! We do advise that when attending any kind of formal event that you take this decision in to careful consideration. Consumption of alcohol can sometimes lead to embarrassing trips and falls...