Traditional 8 Yard Kilt - Isle of Skye Modern Tartan

Traditional 8 Yard Custom Made Kilt


The kilt with pride - the pride of the tartan weaver, the pride of the kiltmaker and the pride of the wearer.  We take pride in arranging this for you. 

  • Thousands of tartans available

  • Perfect fit, made to measure

  • Machine stitched or hand stitched

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Traditionally a kilt was made with 8 yards of pure wool tartan so that it would have deep pleats and a weight of fabric which would swing beautifully when marching. This 8 yard kilt is still made in the same traditional way, to your measurements and in your choice of tartan (shown above is Isle of Skye Modern). Our kilt makers here in Scotland have the experience you can rely on to produce a kilt you will be proud to wear. This is the benchmark kilt all others are measured against, and is the one which would be handed down from one generation to another.

If you are ordering your first customised kilt, don’t worry, we have a Measuring Guide to help you. As a kilt is worn higher on the waist than trousers, it’s important that you read the guide thoroughly and follow the advice for measuring. Our kilt-makers will work to your sizes, so it’s worth taking time to get it right. Your kilt will have 3 leather straps to secure it, and these have 5 holes, with a span of 2.5". Your waist size will be set at the second smallest hole, which means you can adjust your waist size down by 0.5" and up by 2" in increments of 0.5". Keep this in mind when you are measuring your waist size, so that your kilt fits perfectly even after you have gained a few pounds.

Understandably with a customised item, there are many decisions to make. After choosing your tartan, you then have to decide which weight of fabric to choose. The 13oz cloth is very popular nowadays, particularly with young men new to kilt-wearing. However, if you’re a traditional kilt enthusiast, you will most likely want to go up to a 16oz weight or even an 18oz option. This is the kilt you see at a Highland wedding, worn by men who value tradition and heritage.

You have a choice of how to have your kilt pleated – to the Sett, to the Stripe or Box Pleating. The most common is to the Sett, which gives your kilt the same check pattern front and back. Pleating to the Stripe places a vertical stripe from the tartan in the centre of each pleat, so you also have to choose which stripe to highlight, and the back will then look striped while the front is checked. Both these pleats are knife pleats, all facing the same direction, whereas box pleating doubles the cloth under from both sides of the pleat. This is rarely done except on military kilts. See our page on Kilt Pleating for full information and photos.

Whichever style of pleating you prefer, you can then have your kilt machine or hand stitched. This is very much a personal opinion and there is some debate about it, so we suggest that if you feel strongly that the traditional hand stitching is important, then you will happily choose that option. But we also feel if you want to take the more modern route of machine stitching, that’s fine too. No kilt is totally machine stitched, there’s always some hand stitching too.

We recommend ordering flashes in the same tartan (if you want them) when you place your order for your kilt. Tartan is ordered by the yard and so it’s easy to add a little extra for flashes at the same time, but it may not be easy to get that same tartan later on.

Our final recommendation is that you order a Kilt Hanger (not just because you get it cheaper!) as it’s the best way we know of to store your kilt in your wardrobe. But if you need any help or advice, we’re expert at everything related to kilts, so do contact us and we’ll be happy to help.


  • Made to measure 8 yard pure wool kilt

  • Hand made by experienced kilt makers in Scotland

  • Large choice of cloths available from a number of mills - choose a tartan to update the price (Please note only 13oz ,16oz or 18oz fabric available for a kilt)

  • Pleated to the sett or the stripe

  • Largely machine stitched (some parts have to be hand stitched) with optional full hand stitching

  • 100% cotton lining for comfort when wearing

  • Triple fringe

  • 2 belt loops at rear of kilt, cut and sewn to match tartan pattern behind them

  • 3 leather straps to secure kilt, with 5 holes and sized to second smallest hole

  • Straps allow kilt to be adjusted to 0.5" smaller and up to 2" larger, in 0.5" increments

  • Kilts with a seat size of 46"+ will be made with 9 yards and upwards of fabric

  • Optional flashes made from the same cloth as the kilt



Not sure if this is the kilt for you? Read our guide on How to find your perfect kilt.

Full details of kilt pleating here.

If you need more information, visit our help pages to find out All About Kilts.


Size Measurements:

Please read our measuring guide for full details of how to measure yourself accurately.


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I received my kilt yesterday and it is outstanding quality. everything about it is perfect. customer service is fantastic also. wouldn't hesitate in buting from here again. would recommend to anyone. (Posted on 27/07/2016)
Great service and quality Review by Steve Ferguson
I just received my kilt, which arrived in two days to Canada no less! It fits perfectly and the quality is such that it should last for generations. The service is friendly and efficient, they answer emails very quickly. I would recommend this company to anyone looking to buy a kilt and accessories. (Posted on 10/05/2016)
My first custom made kilt Review by Patrick Clancy
Excellent quality, a wonderful fit . Would like to thank you and all your people for pride and workmanship you put into making kilts. And look forward to doing business with you again in the future. N (Posted on 01/05/2016)
Top quality product and service Review by Hamish Homer
I bought a kilt for my wedding and was amazed at the level of service I received. Buying a custom kilt is a big commitment but the staff made sure that I was happy with every detail. At the end of it all, I received a kilt I couldn't be happier with in terms of fit and cloth quality. I even got it delivered to Bermuda hassle free. Would definitely recommend to others, even if you're based abroad. (Posted on 22/09/2015)
Our son looks great in his new kilt! Review by Rona King
Our son 's new kilt (made in Ancient Hunting Sinclair tartan) is fabulous! The sales team offered invaluable measuring advice, which has resulted in a perfect fit, a perfect length, expandable waist (he is only 15 years old) and a 2" hem, so should last him a old few years, if not longer! The kilt is beautifully crafted in every way. This company are faultless, but I cannot say the same for the courier company they use. Just because one end of the lane where we live was closed due to roadworks, the delivery driver did not think out of the box and couldn't be bothered to follow the diversion signs. This resulted in me having to chase the company to locate the klt and to leave work early the next day to go to the depot to collect the kilt, as it was needed for an event that evening! To make it worse, the delivery driver said he had called at our address and left a calling card. He hadn't. The manager insisted he had and more to the point, had a photo to prove it! I asked to see the photo and of course, it was of someone else's house...somewhere!!! (Posted on 09/02/2015)
Fantastic service Review by Dr Andrew Mowat
My new [bigger!] kilt arrived this week, and I'm happy again. Particularly happy with the attention to detail, and the customer service from Hannah and Samantha. The fit is perfect, and the colour matches are good [difficult sometimes to get right off the internet.
As someone living outside Scotland, and so unable to pop in to a shop for a fitting, it has been a delight to deal with
Now I'm ready for this years BMA Celtic Dinner! (Posted on 18/05/2014)
Excellent quality and superexcellent service Review by Anatoly
Just received my kilt and it's excellent. The quality is very high and the attention to details is impressive. But what pleased me even more is the highest quality of service. I had to change my delivery address from country to country a couple of times and Rachel was always there for me, always helpful and attentive. I think she even cared more about me getting my kilt in time and safely than I did :) Now for me there's only one place where I will buy kilts and accessories – and it's (Posted on 26/03/2014)
Amazing service Review by Clive Mackenzie Richards
I ordered a customised ancient Mackenzie kilt and I must say about the outstanding service that I have received to date. I have also ordered a budget kilt too and I would like to mention a special thanks to Samantha for really being helpful at all times. I would recommend to anyone because I know for sure that they will be properly looked after. (Posted on 19/03/2014)
Stunning Ancient Mackenzie Kilt custom made Review by Clive
I must congratulate McDonald Sporrans the service is fantastic. I ordered my custom made wool kilt and I would like to thank Rachel and Samantha for their prompt help at all times. When the kilt arrived it just looks stunning and it fits very well no complaints. No problem recommending anyone and no doubt I will return to order more items in the future. (Posted on 11/03/2014)
Great communications - some minor hiccoughs Review by Don Gingrich
Buying a kilt can be a learning experience. Depending on your tartan, it may take a wee bit longer than expected. Who'd have thought that the tartan mills shut down for Summer holidays?
The good news is that Rachel kept me in the loop, warning me about the delays. And, working with me when I changed the tartan, (after the order, but before it had been ordered from the mill.) I am now the proud owner of a kilt in House of Edgar MacGregor Ancient tartan -- I'd have to say that the image on the site did not do justice to the colour of the tartan. It's simply stunning.
Thanks again to all -- it was worth the wait.
My advice to others is to get in early and to check the availability of the tartan that you want. And ask for help if you aren't sure, they're a great bunch here. (Posted on 14/10/2013)
Even better than I hoped Review by Shaun McCarthy
I have never worn a kilt - I am from South London! - but my name does have a tartan. I have always admired the guys at the Edinburgh Festival wearing jeans with hiking boots, t-shirt, leather jacket - and a kilt. So I decided to try it for myself.

Go for a proper traditional eight yard kilt as I did, do it properly. I am somewhat used to anything purchased on line being either just as it should be (like, say a boxed electrical item) or really a bit disappointing. How wonderful; to get a bespoke product that exceeds all expectations! A beautifully made kilt, wonderful accessories. An absolute joy. Fabulous material that hangs perfectly straight out of the box..

Right, it's Saturday night. I live in Bristol, hardly a tartan city. So out into the streets with friends in me kilt! Knowing I have a really top rate product. Worth every penny! (Posted on 12/10/2013)
Proud of my new kilt Review by Keith Morrison
An excellent product very happy with it. Bought the plaid and flashes at the same time.
My thanks to Rachel and Sam for all their help. (Posted on 17/09/2013)
Brilliant Service Review by IS McQUILLIAN
Well pleased with my kilt .Many thanks to all concerned in manufacture and delivery (Thank you AURORA'S ENCORE) (Posted on 22/05/2013)
Excellent service Review by Linda Power
We live in Saudi Arabia and wanted kilt outfit as a surprise for my husband's birthday. Would only be home for a limited time, contacted Macdonald Sporrans and explained and immediately got a reply from Rachel who put my mind at ease, gave her a delivery date and the kilt arrived right on that date. Absolutely impressed with the beautiful kilt outfit and the excellent service I received.
Oh and husband was over the moon with his outfit. Thank you. (Posted on 11/04/2011)
Another fine fling Review by Nick Pinkham
Just received my second kilt from Macdonald Sporrans and I'm delighted with the quality, attention to detail and friendly and reliable service - what a team!! easily described as 'marginally better than perfect' (Posted on 24/01/2011)
A first rate service Review by Alastair Christie
A first rate service. Not only have I received a well made, top quality custom kilt from Macdonald Sporrans, on time from a helpful courier - I have been deeply impressed by their help and advice, which have all been focused on making sure I have purchased the right product with the correct measurements. I'd happily recommend the company to anyone, and will undoubtedly return for other items in the future! (Posted on 02/07/2010)

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