Letterpress in Scotland

My wife and I are planning to visit Scotland sometime in the next year; does anyone know of any printing-related sites to visit while there? Museums? Small presses? I’d love to hear any ideas… Dan

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The National Trust of Scotland runs this working museum:

Robert Smail’s Printing Works is in High Street, Innerleithen
Bus: First Edinburgh (62) from Edinburgh or Peebles; (0870) 608 2 608
Cycling: NCN 1
Road: A72, 6m from Peebles (Innerleithen Road)
Ordnance Survey Ref: OS Ref: NT332367

You could visit the workshops of Edinburgh Printmakers.

Ian Hamilton Finlay’s landscape gardens ‘Little Sparta’ are a must for anyone interested in sculpture, poetry and lettering.

Try to contact Harry MacIntosh, from Speedspools, he’s on Queensferry Road and runs several Monotype machines from a laptop, using an interface that he’s invented and developed.

Glasgow school of Art in the famous Charlie Rennie McIntosh building has a fine typography department.

Bring an umbrella!

Some more information:


Although that was 2 years ago, the information is still accurate. And this is definitely worth a trip:


Run by John Easson.

Thanks, Thomas— appreciate the leads.

If you find yourself on the Isle of Skye, you might look up Kathleen Lindsley at:

The Raven Press Gallery
Colbost, Dunvegan, Isle Of Skye IV558ZS
Tel: 01470511748 (daytime) 01470511367 (evenings)
email: [email protected]