top of page
TARTAN CALENDAR      Jan     Feb     Mar     Apr     May     Jun     Jul     Aug     Sep     Oct     Nov     Dec     TARTAN CALENDAR 

Click the tartan to view its entry in The Scottish Registers of Tartans which includes registration details, restrictions, and registrant information.


Unregistered tartans may link to one of the web's online design environments for similar information.


For any questions about reproduction of designs or weaving of these tartans, please contact the registrant directly or via this website.

Runrig's Farewell Concert

"And I'm still dreaming of the Hebrides
And I'm still leaning on the early years
And I can't help feeling it will always be
The story of the life inside of me"

~Runrig, The Story (English translation)

Formed on the Isle of Skye in 1973, this Scottish Celtic rock band included songwriters Rory Macdonald and Calum Macdonald. During most of the 1980s and 1990s, the band's also included Donnie Munro, Malcolm Jones, Iain Bayne, and Pete Wishart. Munro left the band in 1997 to pursue a career in politics and was replaced by Bruce Guthro. Wishart left in 2001 and was replaced by Brian Hurren. The band released fourteen studio albums, with a number of their songs sung in Scottish Gaelic! The band's name itself, s a reference to a pre–agricultural revolution farming practice, "run rig". Also known as rig-a-rendal, this was a system of land tenure practised in Scotland, particularly in the Highlands and Islands. It was used on open fields for arable farming. 🎵 🔘 🎤 🎸

"S fhada, 's fhada, an ceòl a bha cho binn

'S a' ghrian a' dh'èirich air mo chridhe

Guth nan eun gar dùsgadh bho chadal, àillidh, ciùin

Moch is deiseil 'son an t-slighe"

"And I'm still dreaming of the Hebrides  
And I'm still leaning on the early years  
And I can't help feeling it will always be  
The story of the life inside of me" 

~Runrig, The Story 

The band was formed in 1973 with brothers Calum and Rory Macdonald and their friend Blair Douglas. Donnie Munro joined the following year and they started to expand outside their native Isle of Skye. Douglas left the band in late 1974 and was replaced by Robert Macdonald. This line-up continued until 1978, when Douglas re-joined and Malcolm Jones became guitarist, both displacing Robert Macdonald.

Here is the band's comment on their newly introduced tribute tartan:

"After decades of being asked by fans and associates when were we going to create a Runrig Tartan, we have now, at long last, finally done it! And at an appropriate time to mark the 45th Anniversary and the final concerts. No one could accuse us of being in a hurry, that's for sure!

Probably the main reason we resisted, over the years, was that we felt uncomfortable being associated with such an obvious Scottish cliché and one with such a dubious history of design sense and quality values - the tourist shops on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, for example, reinforce that stereotype.

However, our reticence was turned on its head when we heard about a young, tartan design company called Prickly Thistle, with a passion to restore tartan to its rightful position as a true icon. Not unlike a fine malt whisky, where authenticity, quality and high design values are king. They are one of a new breed of exciting Highland companies committed to restoring a sense of pride and value in long neglected areas of heritage."

For a link to their website and information about their final concerts, which took place at Stirling's City Park, click the band in front of the Forth Bridge.

bottom of page