Irish tartans and kilts have a much more recent history than Scots tartans. It's generally accepted that kilts were developed in Ireland around 1860 when the familar and recognisable saffron coloured kilt was created, which was worn by some Irish regiments during the first World War.
In the 1980s, some Irish mills started to redesign Scottish tartans into new designs for Irish names and, following increasing requests from the Irish diaspora for Irish tartans, a Scottish mill, the House of Edgar, designed a range of 32 Irish county tartans, plus an Irish national tartan to meet this demand.
Kilts in all 33 Irish tartans are available from Donaldsons.
Your hand-stitched kilt will be made from a traditional length of 8 yards (7.3m) of 13oz (368g) medium weight tartan (the weight refers to the weight per yard of cloth). The 13oz medium weight cloth is is a popular choice with customers because it is slightly lighter than the heaviest 16oz cloth but keeps the 'swing' when you're walking.
Your kilt's cloth will be sourced from a Scottish mill and hand-made by our highly experienced kilt tailors.
If your pipe band needs new kilts or uniforms, contact us to discuss your requirements and find out more about our pipe band discounts
People have been buying with confidence from Donaldsons for 28 years, so you know that you're in good company. Our customers know that we use only the finest cloth from Scottish mills for our tartans which are then made with care and experience by our skilled tailors into beautiful kilts, jackets, ties and other products.
When you buy from Donaldsons you know that you'll receive a quality hand-finished product that will make you look your best, whether you're at a formal occasion or you're just out at the weekend or at an casual event.
Whether you're buying in Freuchie or France, Africa or Alaska, New Zealand or China, delivery is free - wherever you are in the world.
Alternatively, if you're in Edinburgh, you can order online and collect at our store in Edinburgh's Stockbridge.