Heritage - Dalvey

A Unique Evolution

Dalvey has a rich history encompassing decades of innovation. From its origins in Scotland in 1897, the company has undergone a unique evolution...

The company was founded as “Duncan MacRae”, a musical instrument manufactory specialising in the production of Highland bagpipes. The creation of any musical instrument is a delicate art: the crafting and finishing must be conducted to exacting standards, and ensuring excellent acoustic properties requires a very high degree of rigour and discrimination within the design and production processes. This meticulous attention to detail has sat at the heart of the company since its origins and throughout its evolution.

Stuart Liddell, one of today’s greatest pipers, rose to fame with an original set of Duncan MacRae pipes. We’re delighted to announce that exact reproductions of Stuart’s pipes are now being made under the Duncan MacRae brand, in association with McCallum Bagpipes.

> Click here to see Stuart Liddell perform <

> Click here to listen to Stuart Liddell interview <

Sir Patrick


Owner and MD,
Sir Patrick Grant of Dalvey Bt


As a young man, Sir Patrick worked as a deerstalker in the mountainous Highlands of Scotland, and as a fisherman on the dangerous north-western coasts. He was also a solo musician and a challenger in the competitive circuit of the Highland bagpipes. He was taught by Duncan Johnstone, Donald MacLeod, and John Burgess OBE – some of the greatest figures in the history of piping.

In order to fulfil a vision of crafting exceptional musical instruments, Sir Patrick acquired a small bagpipe manufactory in the 1970s. He directed the firm for over a decade, developing and perfecting the craft skills and precision-engineering capabilities that would lay the foundations for the unique evolution that has taken us towards the design-led men’s accessories
brand that we are today.

Exceptional Design for Men

The iconic Dalvey flask was the first accessory to be designed and manufactured by the company: its launch initiated the decades of innovation that lie behind the brand as it stands today.

Sir Patrick has always respected individuality, and Dalvey pays homage to that respect: the brand is driven by our aspiration to equip men who craft their own lifestyles and require distinctive functionality. When designing, we often think in terms of the “Dalvey Man” – a figure who is independent and discerning, inquiring and broadminded.

Highlands of Scotland

Dalvey is based in the Highlands of Scotland: one of the most sparsely populated regions of Europe.

The inspirational landscapes of the Highlands grant a perspective to our design process, helping us to realise enduring pieces of elegance and functionality at a point of remove. As a design-house and factory, we love being based here, and we’d like to take the opportunity to invite all enthusiasts of the brand to visit the Highlands: both to receive a warm welcome at our factory, and to experience the beauty of our home.

Design Philosophy

The Dalvey design philosophy is informed by the desire to mark life's moments of significance.

We craft enduring pieces of exceptional design and quality for discerning customers around the world. The majority of our engineered items - whether compasses, pocket watches, flasks, clocks, barometers, cufflinks, or card-holder-money-clips - are personalised: engraved with initials or a resonant message.

We have had the privilege of engraving thousands of pieces - each unique in its expression, and destined to mark a special moment in life: celebrating a hard-won graduation, a milestone birthday or anniversary, a wedding, retirement, or coming of age.

Why Dalvey?

  • Family run from the Highlands of Scotland since 1897
  • Iconic designs - memorable gifts
  • Free Standard & Express Tracked delivery
    when order values exceed local delivery thresholds

A Unique Evolution

Dalvey has a rich history encompassing decades of innovation. From its origins in Scotland in 1897, the company has undergone a unique evolution...

The company was founded as “Duncan MacRae”, a musical instrument manufactory specialising in the production of Highland bagpipes. The creation of any musical instrument is a delicate art: the crafting and finishing must be conducted to exacting standards, and ensuring excellent acoustic properties requires a very high degree of rigour and discrimination within the design and production processes. This meticulous attention to detail has sat at the heart of the company since its origins and throughout its evolution.

Stuart Liddell, one of today’s greatest pipers, rose to fame with an original set of Duncan MacRae pipes. We’re delighted to announce that exact reproductions of Stuart’s pipes are now being made under the Duncan MacRae brand, in association with McCallum Bagpipes.

> See Stuart Liddell perform <

> Listen to Stuart Liddell interview <

Sir Patrick Grant

As a young man, Sir Patrick worked as a deerstalker in the mountainous Highlands of Scotland, and as a fisherman on the dangerous north-western coasts. He was also a solo musician and a challenger in the competitive circuit of the Highland bagpipes. He was taught by Duncan Johnstone, Donald MacLeod, and John Burgess OBE – some of the greatest figures in the history of piping.

As a young man, Sir Patrick worked as a deerstalker in the mountainous Highlands of Scotland, and as a fisherman on the dangerous north-western coasts. He was also a solo musician and a challenger in the competitive circuit of the Highland bagpipes. He was taught by Duncan Johnstone, Donald MacLeod, and John Burgess OBE – some of the greatest figures in the history of piping.

In order to fulfill a vision of crafting exceptional musical instruments, Sir Patrick acquired a small bagpipe manufactory in the 1970s. He directed the firm for over a decade, developing and perfecting the craft skills and precision-engineering capabilities that would lay the foundations for the unique evolution that has taken us towards the design-led men’s accessories brand that we are today.

Exceptional Design

The iconic Dalvey flask was the first accessory to be designed and manufactured by the company: its launch initiated the decades of innovation that lie behind the brand as it stands today.

Sir Patrick has always respected individuality, and Dalvey pays homage to that respect: the brand is driven by our aspiration to equip men who craft their own lifestyles and require distinctive functionality. When designing, we often think in terms of the “Dalvey Man” – a figure who is independent and discerning, inquiring and broadminded.

Highlands of Scotland

Dalvey is based in the Highlands of Scotland: one of the most sparsely populated regions of Europe.

The inspirational landscapes of the Highlands grant a perspective to our design process, helping us to realise enduring pieces of elegance and functionality at a point of remove. As a design-house and factory, we love being based here, and we’d like to take the opportunity to invite all enthusiasts of the brand to visit the Highlands: both to receive a warm welcome at our factory, and to experience the beauty of our home

Design Philosophy

The Dalvey design philosophy is informed by the desire to mark life's moments of significance.

We craft enduring pieces of exceptional design and quality for discerning customers around the world. The majority of our engineered items - whether compasses, pocket watches, flasks, clocks, barometers, cufflinks, or card-holder-money-clips - are personalised: engraved with initials or a resonant message.

We have had the privilege of engraving thousands of pieces - each unique in its expression, and destined to mark a special moment in life: celebrating a hard-won graduation, a milestone birthday or anniversary, a wedding, retirement, or coming of age.

Why Dalvey?

  • Family run from the Highlands of Scotland
  • Iconic designs - memorable gifts
  • Free Standard & Express Tracked delivery
    when order values exceed local delivery thresholds

Tel: +44(0)1349 884111

Email: mailorder@dalvey.com

Dalvey, Alness, Highland, Scotland, IV17 0XT