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Barony Mill

19 September 2021 (11:00-17:00)


Bere is an ancient form of barley, with a unique appearance and taste, grown and milled in Orkney for over 300 years. 100% natural, it is perfect for baking bannocks, scones and biscuits. The flour produced is called beremeal

The present Mill was built in 1873 and has changed little since. Remains of older mills are adjacent awaiting restoration. Like most northern mills of this period, a kiln for drying the grain is integral with the building.

For Doors Open Days you can enjoy free tours of Orkney's last water mill and home of Orkney Beremeal since 1893. Shop selling beremeal, oatmeal, Barony Mill, Argos, Rendalls and Westray Bakehouse biscuits and other related products.

Humes Quality Artisan Foods Orkney will be available in the Barony Mill shop to pair with beremeal oatcakes and biscuits for a true taste of Orkney

Digital Resources

Barony Mill

Orkney's only working meal mill in Birsay grinds the ancient grain of bere, a six-rowed barley confirmed by archaeologists to have been grown in the islands since Neolithic times. In this film made by Jack Norquoy for the Barony Mill, guide Ellen Hay explains the machinery in action, while Margaret Phillips shows how to make a bere bannock. 

Go on a virtual guided tour!

Key Information

Building Date: 1873

  • Barony Mill
  • Birsay
  • Orkney
  • KW17 2LY