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Barony Watermill, Birsay, Orkney
Grid reference: HY 255 274
OS sheet: 6
Postcode: KW17 2LY
On A966 to Brough Head, 20 miles N of Kirkwall.
The mill was built in 1873, and worked commercially until 1992. It is a 3-storey stone building with
a kiln at one end and three pairs of millstones. Most machinery is original, and is driven from the wood
and iron waterwheel. Various grades of oatmeal are made, as well as bere meal, made from an early form
of barley and some wheat.
Opening times 2017
May to September, daily, 11.00-17.00. Parties at other times by arrangement.
National Mills Weekend opening times 2017
Saturday May 13th & Sunday, May 14th,
Rae Phillips, tel. 01856 721309, or mill, tel. 01856 721439.