Quendale Water Mill
|Opening Hours (Mid April to Mid October)|
|Every Day (including weekends)||1000 - 1700|
|Address||Quendale Water Mill Visitor Centre,|
|Telephone||01950 460969 (During opening hours)|
01950 460405 (At other times)
Quendale Water Mill in Quendale, is a restored over-shot watermill now operated as a quality visitor attraction and set in the beautiful scenic and historic South Mainland of Shetland.
Built in 1867 its primary purpose was to handle the grain for crofters from a very wide surrounding area. Most of the grinding was done in winter when there was plenty of water in the dam to drive the Mill's machinery.
Today the Mill is completely renovated and restored. The South Mainland Community History Group, who now operate the Mill as a quality visitor attraction, which opened in 1993, were greatly helped financially in the costly renovation work by the Shetland Amenity Trust.
Visitors can enjoy guided tours of the Mill and displays of local history, watch a video presentation about the working of the mill, or simply browse through the locally made craftwork and souvenirs in the Craft Shop and Reception area where light refreshments are always available.
The displays at the mill have long since gone beyond being just about the mill and milling.
There are now items relating to many aspects of local crofting life from times past. From Horsedrawn field machinery to static barn engines, tushkars to thrashing machines, and a wide range of the hand tools which the crofter used in the maintenance of the croft in general.
Special Note: Visitors should also ask for "photographs of the Braer disaster" when visiting the shop. They used to have an excellent photographic documentation covering the whole of south mainland and all aspects of life.
Some pictures from Quendale Water Mill