Historic Scotland

Opening times

Click Mill is open year-round.

 

Overview

Admire the charm and craftsmanship of a fully-restored early 1800s water mill.

The Click Mill was built in the early 1820s, and was operational until the mid-1880s. It’s the only mill in Orkney to retain all its internal machinery, including:

  • a horizontal paddle wheel, with an unusual design of two rows of six blades
  • grind-stones
  • cowling
  • a hopper
  • a meal bin

The tradition of horizontal water mills in northern and western Scotland dates back to Norse times. The Click Mill at Dounby is one of the best surviving examples of this kind of mill.