After months of preparation, organisation and 21 amazing entries later; this week we were finally able to exhibit and celebrate all the hard work that went into our SYHA Tartan Design Competition.

SYHA Hostelling Scotland put call out for competition entries back in January, we aimed to tie the compeition in with VisitScotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. It attracted a wide range of creative and inspirational designs and we were overwhelmed by the standard and number of submissions from all across Scotland and even one all the way from Denmark! 

The exhibition proceedings started with a speech from our CEO, Keith Legge, who welcomed guests including Provost Mike Robbins, Dr Elspeth King, Director of the Smith Museum and Laura Mitchell a representative from the University of Stirling.

We were also thrilled to welcome some of our compeition entrants; Millicent Howes, Beth Wilson, Lyn & Faye Donoghue and of course our competition winner Dave Cameron. 

On the night Keith presented Dave with a bolt of his very own winning tartan, giving his thanks and congratulating all the other entrants to the competition on the standard of their work Dave then remarked that the tartan would "make a nice set of curtains"

Dave, is a semi-retired computer systems engineer from Falkirk, his entry was inspired by the Scottish Highlands and Islands. The tartan has been woven by Bute Fabrics on the Isle of Bute. 


SYHA CEO, Keith Legge, presents winner Dave Cameron with his tartan 


Dave Cameron, with his winning design entry

Sharing the runner up spot were 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, who designed a tartan based on Morse Code. Millicent took her palette from the Scottish Hills in autumn. By translating “SYHA” into Morse Code to create the pattern, the judges were very impressed by the originality and flair of Millicent’s design.


Millicent Howes, competition runner up with her design entry

Commenting on the success of the competition CEO, Keith, 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" also remarking that the tartan will give "an additional special Scottish and SYHA flavour to each youth hostel interior".

Plans are now underway to decide how the winning tartan will be incorporated into each youth hostel across the network. So keep an eye out on your next visit to one of our youth hostels and see if you can spot our official SYHA Tartan around the place. 


Faye Donoghue, the youngest entrant of our competition beside her tartan design entry



Beth Wilson, competition entrant with her tartan design entry