Norse Mill & kiln, Ilse of Lewis, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on the restored, Norse Mill Kiln on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.

Although labelled ‘Norse’ this type of mill was in use until the 1930s, possibly over a period of 2000 years. The Norwegians (Vikings) were in control for a relatively short period, from the 9th to 13th centuries.

In essence this type of mill is  a very cheap and ‘eco-friendly’ means of converting grain ( mainly barley) into flour. Power was provided via a mill race (diverted stream) which emanated from nearby Loch Roinavat. This channel can be viewed in the video clip below.

Grain was delivered to the mill and then kiln dried to the required moisture level before being transferred to the adjacent mill for grinding into flour.

This mill was certainly not unique, but typical of hundreds of such historic  milling operations on the islands.

This site is located near Shawbost off the A858 and entails a walk of about one third of a mile to access. It is open 24/7.

In the image above, the mill building is on the left and kiln on right.

Here is the grain hopper in the mill. 

Inside Norse Mill, Isle of Lewis, Scotland

 Here is the video clip of the site. 

 I invariably include a visit to the Mill and Kiln during my tours of Lewis.