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Originally wool in a right-hand twill weave, distinct block-patterned glen plaid patterns are now woven in any fiber, although still often in wool or wool blends.

Gleann is the Gaelic word for valley, and in the rugged Highlands of Scotland the valleys were where most homes were established. Glen plaid, as it is usually called in the United States, is synonymous with Glen Urquhart. In the UK it is called glencheck or glen check. Castle Urquhart overlooks Loch Ness in the Great Glen of the northern Highlands.

Uses: Suits, coats, slacks, skirts, scarves, jackets, dresses, hats

See also:
District checks
Houndstooth check
Prince of Wales
Shepherd’s check

Glen plaid