Barry Mill

Angus | Barry | Mill | ★★★

[Barry Mill]

Nestling in a wooded dell by the Pitairlie Burn near Carnoustie, Barry Mill is a now extremely rare example of a working oatmeal mill. These used to be a common sight all over Scotland - all producing a vital foodstuff for local customers - but most closed through the 1900s, with Barry Mill shutting down in 1982. Happily, the National Trust for Scotland has since fully refurbished the machinery and repaired flood damage - pure barry, as some locals might say (or not). Regular demonstrations now take place, though not on every day the attraction is open - check ahead. If the weather's good, a picturesque nature trail follows the mill's lade (water supply channel) upstream for about half a mile, with an alternative return route.

[Inside the mill]

Location & info

📌 Barry Mill ★★★
Off minor road half a mile north of Barry, G.R.: NO 534350 ///quality.slurping.lump
Open Thursday to Sunday, June to August; Friday to Sunday, April to May & September to mid October | £7 adult / £6 child / free for National Trust for Scotland members

[Nature trail along the mill lade]

[Inside the mill]

[Inside the mill]

[Inside the mill]

[Inside the mill]

[Inside the mill]

[Inside the mill]

[Mill lade and (covered) waterwheel]


[Lade (left) & the Pitairlie Burn]

[Inlet for the lade]

[Springtime on the nature trail]

[Pitairlie Burn]


  1. We visited there a few years ago, but I must say that my photos pale in comparison to these!
    Great write up!

    1. Thanks Barbara (it took two visits to get these photos - for some reason we didn't take any the first time!). Always enjoy reading your blog!


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