IJlst is located in Southwest Friesland and is primarily known as an overnight base for water sports. IJlst is a small city in Southwest Friesland with about 3,200 residents. It’s also been one of the Frisian eleven cities since 1268. The city was always known for its shipbuilding and trading position. The city thanks its name to a river that used to run through IJlst, the old Ee.
The saw mill ‘De Rat’ is located on the edges of the Geeuw, the ancient seaport between IJlst and Sneek, and is still in production. Logs lying in water, the sound of the rotating blades, the stamping up and down of the saw frames - this is where you experience the old wood sawyers’ craft as it was done for over three centuries in ‘De Rat’.