26 September 2020
27 September 2020
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.
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!
Building Date: 1873