Media Release: Well plaid… Stirling welcomes SYHA’s tartan design competition exhibition


STIRLING Youth Hostel is set to host SYHA Hostelling Scotland’s tartan design competition exhibition from Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 September 2016.

Showcasing a huge range of creativity in woven textile design, the three-day exhibition will display entries to SYHA’s competition to design an official tartan to be used across their network of youth hostels.

Dave Cameron, a semi-retired computer systems engineer from Falkirk, won the competition with his entry inspired by the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

The tartan has been woven by Bute Fabrics on the Isle of Bute and will be on show at the exhibition.

Roderick McDonald, originally from Largs and now living in Denmark, and Millicent Howes, a third-year textile design student from Indonesia, studying at the School of Textiles and Design, Heriot-Watt University, shared the runner up spot.

CEO of SYHA Hostelling Scotland, Keith Legge, said: “We are delighted to have a dedicated SYHA Hostelling Scotland Tartan that really incorporates the natural beauty of Scotland, its great outdoors and the genuine, warm welcome which our guests receive.

“I’m looking forward to seeing our new tartan, which is going to give an additional special Scottish and SYHA flavour to each youth hostel interior, displayed alongside all of the fantastic competition designs when the exhibition opens later this month.”

The competition, launched in January 2016, tied in with VisitScotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

It attracted a wide range of creative and inspirational designs from throughout Scotland and as far afield as Denmark and Germany; including an entry from a 13-year old girl from Troon. These entries were whittled down to a shortlist of six by the judges before the winning design was announced in July 2016.

SYHA Hostelling Scotland’s tartan design competition exhibition will run at Stirling Youth Hostel, St. John Street, Stirling FK8 1EA, from 28 to 30 of September. It will be open to the public from 11:00 to 15:00 and entry is free.


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Paddy Cuthbert | Littlehouse Media | E: | M: 07913 951717

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Notes to editors:

The SYHA Hostelling Scotland tartan competition

In Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, SYHA Hostelling Scotland decided to put out the call to anyone with a flair for design to create an official tartan that could be used in soft furnishings across their network of youth hostels.

SYHA received 21 entries from all over Scotland – West Linton, Caithness, Falkirk, Edinburgh, Melrose, Galashiels: Heriot-Watt University, Ross-shire – as well as Norfolk: Norwich University of the Arts and even Denmark and Germany.

The standard of the entries received was extremely high and after much discussion and deliberation amongst the panel of judges they whittled them down to a shortlist of six fantastic designs. The shortlisted designers were:

  • (Winner) Dave Cameron – Falkirk – who counts handloom weaving as one of his hobbies.
  • (Runner-up) Millicent Howes – Indonesia – A third-year Design for Textiles student specialising in Weave at Heriot-Watt University’s Scottish Borders Campus.
  • (Runner-up) Roderick McDonald (68) – Denmark – Originally from Largs, Roderick has stayed in 24 Scottish youth hostels in his time, and many more around Europe.
  • David McGill – Edinburgh – A former chartered architect and designer turned tartan designer.
  • Clare Campbell – The Black Isle, Ross-shire – Founder of Prickly Thistle, a luxury tartan textile business.
  • Lyn Donoghue and daughter (13), Troon – The design represents the wonders of the Kingdom of Scotland, from Irn-Bru and Highland Cows to lush forests, vast green hills, the Saltire and heather.

The judging panel for the SYHA tartan competition included Dr Elspeth King, director of the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Robin McKelvie, an accomplished travel writer and blogger, Keith Legge and Margo Paterson, CEO and deputy CEO of SYHA Hostelling Scotland respectively; and Mike West and Duncan Craig from SYHA’s board of trustees.

SYHA Hostelling Scotland

SYHA Hostelling Scotland is a self-funding charity operating a network of over 60 exceptional youth and affiliate hostels for the benefit of all those wishing to learn and experience what Scotland has to offer.

Our unique sites provide affordable, comfortable, safe and quality-assured accommodation with a warm friendly welcome, local knowledge, activities and services for guests on their journeys of self-discovery, adventure and learning around Scotland.

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