MBE for weaver Robert

Islander Robert Ryan, aged 79, has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to weaving and the economy on the Isle of Mull.

Mr Ryan has shared his skills and expertise to build a viable weaving operation at Ardalanish organic farm, near Bunessan in the south west of  the island, which has local breeds including Kyloe cattle and Hebridean sheep.

As well as keeping traditional skills alive, he has encouraged more British textile companies to process certified organic wool products and trained and inspired new weavers to set up their own businesses.

Robert and his wife Kathy set up Isle of Mull Weavers in  1987 and, when they retired, helped move their 1920s and 1950s vintage looms to Ardalanish.

Today, the weaving business at Ardalanish produces a range of beautiful organic tweeds, throws, rugs, scarves and knitwear. And is feted by Savile Row tailors and fashion designers.

Ardalanish weavers