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Closed for the season

We turned up on September 14, a Friday. Someone walked out and told us the mill was closed for the... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2018
TAreviews8
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Cotswolds, United Kingdom
An Ancient Grain

Barony Mill produces the most delicious grain, an ancient form of barley which is tolerant of the... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2018
Clanmother
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Vancouver, Canada
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PLEASE NOTE: We'll be closed to visitors (except by special arrangement for groups) from Saturday 1st September. We need to start milling some more of that delicious beremeal! Open again in May 2019. Hope to see you then. Orkney's last remaining...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Barony Mills A968, Birsay, Scotland
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Reviewed 29 September 2018

We turned up on September 14, a Friday. Someone walked out and told us the mill was closed for the winter. Disappointing lack of info online since it is suppose to still be open.More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TAreviews8
tsuzy, Guest Relations Manager at Barony Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2018

Very sorry you weren't able to visit Karen. It's true that some of our info implies we're open until end of September but we had to close early so that milling can start. Next year we will have a fixed date for closing so hopefully...More

Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

Barony Mill produces the most delicious grain, an ancient form of barley which is tolerant of the cool temperatures of Orkney’s growing season. I love the taste of the Birsay Biscuits and Scones which are made from “Birsay beremeal.” Fabulous! We received a warm welcome...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Clanmother
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

Our visit of the Barony Mill was one of many highlight of our visit to Mainland. When our guide mentioned that there was still one working Mill on the Island, as an amateur baker I knew that I wanted to visit. The original mill, working...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 11 September 2018

This is a gem, a working water mill with knowledgeable millers taking you through the mechanics and the operation of the Mill. Great for teenagers and amazing for old mechanical engineers.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank David L
Reviewed 8 September 2018

Terrific tour. Children hunt for wooden mice. Adults hear the process of grain to scone. We brought some beremeal flour home and have made cookies and pancakes. Very yummy. Volunteer tour guide was fun and very informative.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sally S
tsuzy, Guest Relations Manager at Barony Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2018

Good to hear the cookies and pancakes turned out well. Glad you enjoyed the visit Sally.

Reviewed 24 August 2018

A must if your in orkney a FREE attraction and the miller takes you round telling you about the milling they sell biscuits and other goods for people to buy and a tasting tray a very intresting and educational experience

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank anthony s
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Jack gave us a great tour which really brought the place to life. it was good to have the mill workings patiently and clearly explained. Well done and thanks!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Calum M
tsuzy, Guest Relations Manager at Barony Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2018

Thanks Calum, glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

Having seen many many Neolithic and Norse monuments, this place is a real change of pace. The young lady giving the tour (Ellen I think) really knew her stuff, you get to go all through the mill, one of the kids on the tour got...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Ed P
tsuzy, Guest Relations Manager at Barony Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2018

Really glad to hear you enjoyed your tour with Ellen. Thanks for the suggestion re donations- we rely on donations and sales of produce to keep the Mill going.

Reviewed 12 July 2018

We enjoyed a really informative tour of the working mill and finding out about the grain and its special properties which are sought after all over the world. Highly recommended and it is Free of charge!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Alan F
tsuzy, Public Relations Manager at Barony Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2018

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

We visited this mill on a recent trip to Orkney and it was just lovely. The tour was free (donations accepted) and our young tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. I can't recommend a visit here enough and I look forward to trying some...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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