Orkney’s only working water mill, home of Orkney beremeal since 1873.
The Barony Mill features the only working water wheel in Orkney, and it's the only one in the world milling bere.
On a guided tour hosted by the miller or a volunteer guide, you will have a chance to get the water wheel going and see the millstones and other machinery working, although we only do the grinding in the winter time. All the machinery is driven by water power, making it a very ‘green’ process.
Bere is an ancient type of barley, found in some Neolithic tombs and was one of the earliest cereals to be domesticated. It has been milled at Barony Mill since 1873 when the present mill opened. Bere is only grown in a few fields around Orkney's West Mainland, but to this day it is still ground into beremeal at Barony Mill. Your guide will explain the whole process from drying the grain on the kiln floor, using a unique, sustainable fuel, passing through three different sets of millstones, to sieving the final product.
Local bakers use beremeal to produce bannocks – a traditional bread, and biscuits - some of which can be bought at the Mill, as well as oatmeal and beremeal itself.
The mill is open to visitors from 1st May through till late September. Daily tours are available from 11.00 a.m. until 4.15 p.m. Advance bookings are welcome, but please pop in at anytime. Tours last approximately 30 mins.
Tours cost £5 per adult, children under 12 years are free of charge. Telephone 01856 721 439 to contact the mill. The shop is open daily from 11.00 till 5.00 where you can discover a range of Bere goods for purchase. We look forward to welcoming you