As I stated on the first day of the blog, for venues we visit on past tours, I refer you to the extensive writing I've included in 2011 and 2012 blogs. However each tour I include something new that not even I have yet seen, Knockando Wool mill http://www.knockandowoolmill.org.uk is a restored district mill. District mills dotted the landscape before the industrial revolution centralized processing of wool. They were as common as creameries were to rural North America. Records date back to 1784 when wool was washed and carded at Knockando. Several families had long history of mill ownership. Eventually wool was also dyed, spun, and woven into cloth here.
A trust has owned the mill since 2000. With the help of many grants and volunteer hours, the mill was completely restored in 2010-2011. The looms, carding, and spinning equipment were brought in as used equipment in the 1800's. With final tweaking in process, the trust hopes to be actively creating new woolen products onsite within the year. Currently they design the products but have them woven at another mill.
|The Victorian waterwheel came from another mill in 1860. It stopped working in 1948. The wheel is now restored and will power the mill as soon as the machine restoration is complete.|
|The old and the new|
|Knockandoo District Mill site restored|
|Nadine , Margaret, driver/guide Karen savor the best dessert in the country, sticky toffee pudding at our lunch break.|
|Sharolene wearing her new Knockandoo woolen scarf|
|The afternoon was filled with loch and munroe views like this|
|The tree quickening with sap just before leaf burst. Vegatation was 3 weeks behind normal spring in Scotland|