Red Holdall – McWilliam Holdall

(2 customer reviews)

From: €65.00

Holds all you want. Holds all you need.

Everything about the McWilliam Holdall is practical. Hand made from abrasion-resistant, durable fabric, your McWilliam Holdall fits a surprising amount of your belongings and, even when full, can be squeezed into tight storage spaces.

We’ve been hand-making McWilliam Bags in our loft near Crosshaven Co. Cork, since 1971. Many of those bags are still in use after 30 years because after a while, a McWilliam bag isn’t luggage – it’s a companion.


For every order placed, we will plant two trees on your behalf through Eden Reforestation Projects in regions that are most impacted by deforestation: Madagascar, Haiti, Nepal, Indonesia, Mozambique, Kenya, and Central America.

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Key Features of the Red Holdall

  • Made of highly durable, abrasion-resistant fabric
  • Water resistant to keep gear dry
  • Industrial strength zip with corrosion proof slider
  • Double stitched, reinforced handles
  • Sewn McWilliam Sailmakers Logo
  • Large main compartment with end pocket for small item storage
  • Folds to small size for compact storing when not in use

The McWilliam Red Holdall – Grab it, pack it and stow it and your gear is home and dry.

General Sizing Information

We are frequently asked “what size bag should I get!?” Below we give a few examples of what each size is generally used for. The capacity and dimensions of each bag are also listed in the table below.

  • Small [S]: We recommend the small size as a handy day bag or gym bag. Handy for going to the pool or the kids going to school. Ideal for 6-11 year olds also.
  • Medium [M]: The medium is by far the most popular size of McWilliam Bag. Ideally sized for day to day use and airplane carry on luggage; you will wonder how you ever managed without one. Ideal for 11+ years old and teenages/secondary school students.
  • Large [L]: If you need a bit of extra space for all your sports gear, or if you’re aren’t fond of taveling light, then the large size is for you. We have traveled all over the world sailing with a large bag as our trusty carry on luggage partner. If they ask, simply squish it to fit!

Carry On Luggage Advice

We use Large and Medium Bags as carry on luggage all the time. The medium is within airline dimensions. The large is slightly bigger but we have never been questioned in all our years of flying. No one questions style and good taste after all!

Capacity & Dimensions

The below dimensions are approximate. As each of our bags is hand made there will be a small variation from the stated sizes.

Capacity (L) 31L 42L 50L
Size (cm) L x W x H 52 x 24 x 25 60 x 28 x 24 68.5 x 28 x 24
Weight (Kg) < 1 kg < 1 kg < 1 kg

It usually takes 5 working days (Mon-Fri) to make a custom McWilliam Bag. This time applies to:

  • All bags with custom embroidery.
  • Bags without embroidery which we do not have in stock.

Please call us to check stock availability if you are in a particular rush for a certain bag. Otherwise please allow 5 working days for manufacture and delivery.

+353 (0)21 483 1505

Additional information

Weight 1 kg

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Capacity (Litres)

Small (31L), Medium (42L), Large (50L)

2 reviews for Red Holdall – McWilliam Holdall

  1. Dr Cecilia McCluskey

    I bought my first McWilliams bag when I was 22 and 20 years on I still have it. It’s been all around the world and has helped me move house countless times. My original red/white one was joined by several others over the years as my family expanded. My husband is a convert and loves when we go away and our bags are easily spotted at the airport! My kids were bought bags when they were born and got new ones when they completed their ISA sailing levels. My red/white bag is due to retire but I won’t throw it out ever I have so much history with it. I will replace it this summer not sure what colour to go with but it will absolutely have to have the trademark rainbow handles! This is genuinely a bag for life…..

  2. Claire Bennett

    Absolutely thrilled with my new bag. Green and white with pink straps. So delighted I ordered one after humming and hawing about it for so long. 10/10 could rate it highly enough, ordered a size medium and it’s perfect. Everyone working in Cork is extremely helpful too, they really went above and beyond when I couldn’t track my order. Bag was delivered in 3 days! Can’t rate McWilliam Bags and all the staff working there highly enough.

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