D MacGillivray & Co Ltd, or simply “MacGillivrays” came into being as a home based family business at Muir of Aird, Benbecula in 1941.
Between the mid 1940’s to mid 70’s the company developed a worldwide mail order service, mainly consisting of quality garments - Harris knitwear, tweeds and tartan rugs. In the mid 1950’s the Company was selling in excess of 45,000 yards of Harris Tweed, and over 50,000 pairs of Harris wool socks annually. Imagine the amount of cottage industries required to supply this level of business! With over 500 enquiries per week, replying, cutting, packing, and posting were all by hand – no modern-day machinery available!
Today, the company has successfully moved into its third generation of family business, while a not too distant fourth generation takeover is also a strong possibility!
Much diversification has taken place over the years but the emphasis on quality has remained. Today’s product range of island products include: Harris tweed jackets and wool garments, local new and secondhand books, local artist music, a gallery of local scene and wildlife photography (all by local photographers) are popular. Hebridean products such as candles, toiletries, chocolates, Scottish Islands Jewellery are to name but a few.
|Open all year (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)|
* May – September
Monday – Friday 9am-5.30pm
Saturday – 9.30am-5.00pm
Sunday – 12noon – 4pm
October – December
Monday – Friday 9am – 5.30pm
Sunday – closed
January – April
Monday – Friday 9am – 5.00pm
Sunday – closed
An iconic structure built in the early 1970s to service the RAF station in Balivanich.
Ruins of Teampull Chaluim Chille to the east of Balivanich.
Just a stones throw from the airport, this magnifient beach is well worth a visit and is…
This elusive, grey and brown bird is slightly smaller than a moorhen and found around…
Cladh Mhuire, the burial ground for the Benbecula community, is the only site associated…
Ruined Chapel dating back to the 16th Century
The current steading was built in the early 1700’s; originally the site was part of a…
The long-tailed duck is a small, neat sea duck. They have small round heads and steep…
27th April 1746. The Captain of Clanranald at Nunton House hears news of the Prince's…
Culla bay beach is a stunning white sandy beach and can be accessed from Nunton or Aird.
This sleek, elegant bird with a silvery body, slender wings and elongated tail streamers…
This small bay holds Eiders throughout the year.
Often encountered at the roadside during the morning and late evenings from May - July.
Only owl species often seen in broad daylight
This is our smallest bird of prey with males appearing a dashing, steel blue compared…
Males are ghostly grey whilst the females and youngsters are brown with a conspicious…