After putting out the call for entries back in January we were overwhelmed by the standard and number of submissions for our SYHA Tartan Design Competition. We received more than 20 entries from all across Scotland and as far afield as Norfolk and even Denmark!

Our judges then had the difficult decision of deliberating over the entries, looking for designs that embodied the spirit of SYHA and Scotland and have whittled these down to a shortlist of six:

  • 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.
  • Roderick McDonald, Denmark: Originally from Largs, Roderick has stayed in 24 Scottish youth hostels in his time, and many more around Europe.
  • 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.
  • Dave Cameron from Falkirk who counts handloom weaving as one of his hobbies.
  • Millicent Howes, Indonesia:A third year Design for Textiles student specialising in Weave at Heriot-Watt University, School for Textiles and Design in the Scottish Borders.

A representative of SYHA Board said, “I found all of the entries excellent and really appreciate the creativity, thought and effort that must have been put into all of them. It has made the judging very hard indeed and thank all the entrants for this excellent standard of work.”

From the six above, a winner will be announced early June 2016 and will be awarded life membership of SYHA and a two night stay at any Scottish youth hostel (subject to availability, to be taken before 29 December 2016). The winner will also have the chance to see their design used across the network in the future. A runner up will be awarded an annual membership and a two night stay for up to two people at any Scottish youth hostel (subject to availability, to be taken before 29 December 2016).

The winning design along with a selection of the other entries, will go on display at a special tartan exhibition to be held at SYHA’s Stirling Youth Hostel later in 2016; tying in with VisitScotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and Festival of Architecture.