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The John O Groats Mill

18 September 2021 (10am to 4pm)

Highland - Caithness

Not normally open to the public, the John O Groats Mill is almost certainly the last water powered grain mill to be built in Scotland. Passed down through many generations of the Houston family, it was still in use fifty years after all other Caithness Mills. It finally stopped milling in 2001 on the sudden death of the last miller.

Still completely intact it’s a time capsule, exactly as it was over a hundred years ago.

On the buildings at risk register, the John O Groats Mill Trust aim to secure the Mill’s future and restore it to its former prominence in the community. 

Tours of the interior and exterior of the mill will be available and a marquee outside will provide an exhibition on the mill and on the project to bring it back to use as a heritage visitor attraction and community venue.


Key Information

Building Date: 1750 rebuilt 1901

Access is unfortunately not disability friendly. Please note that access to upper floor is by fairly steep stair. 

Visitors will be able to study the machinery. There will be photographs and a small display of milling related archive material.


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