Production Specifics

Skyeskyns tannery prepare lambskins for tanning and manufacture high quality lambskins. They are the last fleece-on-lambskin tannery in Scotland. Typically bespoke lambskin rugs are made to commission for interior designers. A refurbishment service for existing products is also offered. Typically skins are Natural White Sheepskin, Natural Brown Sheepskin, Donnetti Ruffer Sheepskin, Cappuccino, Sheepskin, Reindeer skins, Cow Hides. The tannery also offer a commission tanning service for deer hides, or even fish skin!

Turnaround TimeSame day - 3 weeks
Starting Cost£60
Production Access Open
File TypesSketches


Leather Fine Merino Wools Sheepskin


Machine Sewing Tanning


Leather Machinery Overlocker

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Company History

Skyeskyns, manufacturers and suppliers of finest quality sheepskins, is a family business established on the Isle of Skye in 1983. Initially the team Clive and Lydia Hartwell were teaching off the island, working on site during school holidays. Both trained in leather technology at Northampton Leather Sellers Centre. Since then, six tanners have wielded the fleshing knife: Jean-Paul Mills, Fiona Johnstone, Jessica Hartwell and for the last 6 years, Pete Winterbourne. All six have kept this trade alive in Waternish, in what is now the only commercial sheepskin tannery left in Scotland.

Contact Skyeskyns

ContactDave Till
General Manager
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Address17 Lochbay, Waternish, Isle of Skye, IV55 8GD
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