There has been a mill on the site since at least the 1590’s and it is one of the last three operational watermills in Scotland
The mill was kept working until 1929 when it ceased production mainly because the traditional mills could not compete with the new industrial mills which were being built.
The mill was then used as a store until 1977 when restoration work was begun by John Ridley with the help of the last miller’s assistant who could still remember the old mill. John Ridley retired in 1993 and it then passed to James and Mary Bruce, parents of the current owner.
You can view the mill and see how we stonegrind wheat, oats, rye and spelt in the traditional manner. This helps retain the nutritional benefits of the grain as well as giving the produce a delicious nutty flavour. We produce pinhead, coarse, medium and fine oatmeal and coarse wholemeal, rye and spelt flour, and wholemeal and bread flour. All the grains that we mill are used in our bakery and are available to buy in our tea room.
We mill whenever it’s possible- Blair Atholl Watermill is fed from the River Tilt and as a spate river we rely on the water level for milling.
We bake a variety of breads, cakes, bagels and rolls at the Water Mill. All the baking is baked freshly everyday using our own stone ground flour and oatmeal. We do not use artificial preservatives, additives or improvers.
We bake a wide selection of cakes and scones which includes our famous carrot cake.
The bread products include a wide variety of wholemeal loaves as well as our popular white loaf made with olive oil.
The bagels are made in the traditional manner which means they are boiled before baking which gives them their unique taste. All the baking is available to buy in the tea room and can be ordered in advance.
TEA ROOM & SHOP
The tea room is situated where the old grain store used to be and is like taking a step back in time. We produce delicious cakes (including our famous carrot cake!), bread, bagels, croissants and much more. We also serve light lunches using local produce wherever possible.
There is a tea garden beside the mill where you can sit and relax by the lade. We now have a gazebo in the tea garden for cover too.
Our small shop has a range of products from our daily baking, flour and oatmeal as well as our other products.
Breakfast served 09.30 – 11.30
Lunch served 11.30 – 15.00
Last serving 15.30