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Visit Edinburgh and learn about Scottish crafts and textiles with a traditionally trained kiltmaker

Mathilde, founder of Atelier Escapades, will be your guide for all the tours and workshops offered

Based in Edinburgh since 2018, I am a designer and maker of clothing and accessories specialising in Scottish textiles. My partner Jonathan and I are also the only French traditional kiltmakers trained in Scotland.
After moving to Scotland, I worked at Edinburgh Castle for a year before taking a leap of faith and starting my creative business, Atelier Escapades. This new life allows me to split my time between sewing in my home based atelier, and travelling around Scotland to keep learning and meeting fellow artisans.

I invite you to join me for a guided tour in Edinburgh, to learn about its history and Scotland’s traditional crafts.
I also offer talks and workshops about kilts, tartans and Scottish textiles.

Whether it is my handmade creations, guided tours, or workshops, tailoring is key. Choose from my core products and services or let me customize them for your specific wishes and needs.

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Follow me down the cobblestone streets, through the historic alleys and hidden courtyards, and back through time to Old Town Edinburgh.
From ancient history to modern shopping, I’ll share stories of life in this area while we shop local artisans and discover the best places to find ethical (both new and old!), made in Scotland, gifts.

  • Private tour for a group of up to 6 people.
  • Location : Edinburgh Old Town
  • Duration: 2h30
  • Price: 160£
  • Includes a tea and coffee break, and a handmade tartan keyring per person

Join me for a private talk and workshop about all things tartan, traditional kilts and Scottish textiles, in an iconic historic building of Edinburgh Old Town.
We’ll discuss the controversial history of Highland Dress, as well as how it figures into modern style.
Learn what goes into creating a high quality hand-made kilt. You’ll even get to try your hand at Tartan pleating!

  • Private tour for a group of up to 6 people.
  • Location : Edinburgh Old Town
  • Duration: 2h
  • Price: 250£
  • Includes a tea and coffee break, and a handmade tartan keyring per person

If you cannot choose between a private guided tour, and a talk and workshop, choose both!
Let’s start with a tartans and kilts talk and workshop in a historic venue of the Old Town. From jacobites to catwalks, we will explore together 500 years of the Scottish textile industry and fashion history.
I will then show you around, and take you to local artisans and independent shops.

  • Private tour for a group of up to 6 people.
  • Location : Edinburgh Old Town
  • Duration: 3h
  • Price: 290£
  • Includes a tea and coffee break, and a handmade tartan keyring per person

The benefits of our guided tours and workshops:

  • All of my guided tours, talks and workshops are private. I will be fully dedicated to your group.
  • Please contact me by email or phone to discuss tailoring your experience
  • Each of my guided tours or talks includes a tea and coffee break.
  • Each booking for a guided tour or talk includes a complimentary handmade tartan keyring per person.
  • After your visit or talk, I will send you a personalised list of things to see and do during the rest of your stay in Edinburgh or Scotland.
  • If you wish to buy products from the shop, I will personally deliver your order to you on the day of our guided tour or talk.

The price of our booking includes:

  • The salary and travel expenses of your tour guide
  • The hire of a room in a 17th century building in Edinburgh Old Town (for any experience including a talk and workshop)
  • A tea and coffee break during your experience
  • A handmade tartan keyring per person, in the tartan of your choice
  • A public liability insurance for the group
  • Income taxes and National Insurance Contributions (approx. 30%)
  • Transaction fees for our payment platform (Stripe or Paypal)