Barony Mill

Barony Mill, Birsay: Hours, Address, Barony Mill Reviews: 5/5

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HOORAY! We are now open again to visitors. Please phone the mill to book. Tours are at 11, 11.45, 12.30, 1.15, 2.00, 3.15 and 4pm. Numbers are limited. Barony Mill is Orkney's last remaining water mill, grinding the ancient grain bere. Milling is done in winter and in summer we are open to visitors. You can have a guided tour by the miller or a volunteer guide. Feel the building shake and shudder when the water is turned on! Afterwards buy some beremeal or oatmeal at the mill and try the recipes in our book for yourself. Entry is £3.50 for adults (free for children) but we still welcome donations which help keep the mill going. We look forward to meeting you!
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Andy L
Dingwall, UK183 contributions
Informative, interesting & infomal
Aug 2021 • Couples
As the only remaining working watermill on the islands this shows how things have been done over many generations and still using many of the same methods today. Highly recommended..
Written August 20, 2021
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R B
Leeds, UK6 contributions
Fascinating
Aug 2021 • Friends
If you like history and a great tour guide then this is a place for you, i was taken back by the process and the age of it all, fascinating.
The flour and the oats from here is the best I've ever had and will be ordering more online.
Great little place to visit.
Written August 17, 2021
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Ross D
26 contributions
Excellent and worthwhile tour
Aug 2021 • Friends
A great tour by an enthusiastic and knowlagable girl (Isla?).
Fantastic to see this piece of history still in full operation, and to chat to the Miller about the mechanical workings of the mill.
Highly recommended.
Written August 14, 2021
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lmac080277
Aberdeen, UK20 contributions
Amazing to see!
Jul 2021 • Couples
Ali was an expert tour guide. We were the only couple on the tour. He was so informative and didn’t rush us through, explaining everything in detail. It was great to see the water working the mill and how old yet efficient everything is! A great experience and worth a visit. Thanks Ali :)
Written August 6, 2021
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Albia-Newton
Weston super Mare, UK3,703 contributions
Fantastic visit
May 2021 • Couples
A lovely historical mill. What makes the tour so special is the first had knowledge of the mill team

A real chance to get to see a historical occupation still in use today

Don’t miss it
Written June 20, 2021
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Robert D
2 contributions
Barely a foot wrong....
Jun 2021
Brilliant tour of the mill, history of bere meal and local farming practices. Just turned up "on speck" and welcomed with gusto. If you are interested in milling and bread making, then this is a "MUST".
Written June 18, 2021
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midenianscholar
Reading, UK37 contributions
Kind miller, fun tour
May 2021
A friend and I happened upon the mill while driving around Birsay and the miller was kind enough to give us a little tour. Really interesting to learn about the workings of the mill, and a bit about local history!
Written June 3, 2021
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Paul H
Chesterfield, UK17 contributions
Fascinating working mill
Sep 2019
We visited with the primary objective of purchasing some of the unique stoneground beremeal. On arrival we decided to do the guided tour available.

The tour was incredibly interesting and involved the current milling process and the long history of the mill. In addition, the tour was conducted by the current miller himself, who is clearly passionate about the entire enterprise.

We did purchase the beremeal, and returned a couple of days later to buy some oatcakes and biscuits. Looking forward to using the meal to make some of the recipes available in a small book, (which can be bought at the mill or from local bookshops.

This is not a museum, it is a genuine working mill.

Well worth the visit, and I would recommend this to people of all ages, (providing they can climb the stairs)!
Written October 10, 2019
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Jim M
Cimarron, CO61 contributions
What a mill!!
Sep 2019
If you want a truly old working mill, this is your place Sue and Alistar give a great tour. Ali is the miller and has been for the past 2 years. He really knows the mill and how to operate and maintain it. If you want to see the mill actually grinding the grain you need to visit in the winter as that's when the milling happens. Ask Sue if she has any of her home made shortbreads to sample. They're absolutely lovely
Written September 18, 2019
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Really glad you enjoyed the tour Jim. Unfortunately when we're milling in the winter we're closed to visitors. Ali needs all his time for the actual milling, and we take the safety fences down - health and safety you know. Lucky you getting to taste Sue's shortbreads.
Written September 19, 2019
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isible
Glenrothes, Fife6 contributions
Very enjoyable tour of mill
Sep 2019 • Couples
We visited after seeing a recommendation in a guide book. A lovely old working watermill, the only one milling Bere, an ancient variety of barley. After a pleasant chat with the Miller, we were shown round by a lovely young lady, a 6th former who ha been working there over 2 summers. We were very impressed by her knowledge and presentation, and her interaction with us.
Being non technical I was full of questions. You will learn everything about how the millwheel works, the stages of grinding and milling the Bere and much more. A thoroughly interesting tour for all ages and well worth the entrance fee and a tip for the guide.
Isobel and Hamish muirhead
Written September 1, 2019
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Barony Mill is open:
  • Sun - Sat 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM