Our Story

Skyeskyns since 1983

HISTORY: established in 1983, Skyeskyns is the sole remaining commercial woolskin tannery in Scotland.  Created and developed by Clive and Lydia Hartwell the venture was a dream nurtured for twenty years, ever since Clive first set eyes on the beautiful coastal village of Waternish.

PRESENT DAY: today, the second generation of the Hartwell family is helping to steer the business through the 21st Century, producing and stocking the highest quality, hand-crafted sheepskins, leather and woollen goods. Skyeskyns has become an immensely popular 5-star visitor attraction, drawing thousands of the visitors who come to the Isle of Skye throughout the year.

ETHOS: lambskins have always been a by-product of farming in Britain, where we have the highest standards of animal welfare.  Skyeskyns works closely with our suppliers to ensure that all our lambskins are ethically sourced from local abattoirs, stopping them from being exported and putting money back into the local economy.

All our raw skins are carefully selected to produce the most beautiful and durable fleeces, rugs and throws.  Passionate about working with British farmers and manufacturers, all but a very few products in our range are made in the UK.

We are proud to source the skins used in our tannery in Scotland  

Most of our premium quality sheepskins are machine washable. We offer a unique refurbishment service to rejuvenate your fleece and help bring it back to tip top condition.