History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The current mill building was erected in 1823 by John Spence to replace an earlier mill that had fallen into decay. We do not know exactly when the first mill was built but it must have been several centuries earlier.
The original water supply to the mill was destroyed in the 1920s during road building work. During the restoration work, a water supply was piped in, to allow the mill machinery to operate again.
The mill building is very small, about 4.5m x 2m. The main entrance is in one of the long walls, with a smaller opening opposite to create a through breeze for winnowing grain.
The wheel has two sets of six blades for twelve in total, one set of six above the other. The millstones are encased in wood with a chute leading to a metal box for collecting the flour.
In its heyday, the mill could grind about one bushel of grain per hour (roughly 250kg or 550 pounds). The mill building is made of flagstone rubble, with a flagstone roof topped by turf.
Access to the site can be muddy, so good waterproof walking shoes are recommended. Click Mill is in the care of Historic Scotland.
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About Click Mill
Address: Dounby, Orkney, Orkney, Scotland, KW17 2JB
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: On the B905 between Dounby and Evie
Website: Click Mill
Photo Credit: Humphrey Bolton, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Birsay Moors RSPB - 1.8 miles (Countryside)
Corrigall Farm Museum - 2.6 miles (Museum)
Kirbuster Museum - 3.1 miles (Museum)
Cottascarth and Rendall Moss RSPB - 4.2 miles (Countryside)
Broch of Gurness - 4.3 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Eynhallow Church - 4.3 miles (Historic Church)
Longaglebe Geo - 5.3 miles (Countryside)
Midhowe Chambered Cairn - 5.5 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Nearest Holiday Cottages to Click Mill:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Click Mill. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.