Barony Mill

Birsay

The only working water wheel in Orkney and the only one in the world milling bere.

Bere is an ancient type of barley, found in some Neolithic tombs and 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 West Mainland, but to this day it is still ground into beremeal at Barony Mill.

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.

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