Restored Waterwheel Providing Renewable Energy
In 2005 Stornoway Trust reconstructed the waterwheel of the Stornoway Grain Mill, a derelict corn mill within the Castle Grounds of Stornoway built in 1816.
The mill was also known as latta's Mill after a worker who died there in an accident in 1934.
The 4.5m waterwheel is within it's original housing, and now provides a renewable energy source which powers amenity lighting in the Castle Grounds along the frontage of the grounds out to Cuddy Point.
The local people's barley grain before 1816 was processed using the horizontal or Norse Mills, of which there were about 300 in Lewis alone. One of these has been restored and can be seen at Shawbost in Lewis.
The landowners of the time saw themselves as leaders of progress in this era of industrial and agricultural revolution, and seeing the recent huge increases in grain production were convinced that only large scale processing of the grain was economically viable (and for themselves profitable) so ordered destruction of the horizontal mills on their estates forcing their tenants to use the new mills and to pay a tariff for the priviledge.
Mills became symbols of landlord oppression, and it is therefore unsurprising that when the mill burnt to the ground the ruins lay unheeded for over a century.
The building includes an Interpretation Centre providing information on the project.
Monday - Saturday
10am - 4pm
11am - 4pm
Stornoway Waterwheel Project
Isle of Lewis
If travelling by car, take the Harris road out of Stornoway, a few hundred yards on the left is a bus stop, immeadiately before which is the car park.
Down the steps turn left and a short walk along the River Creed to the millrace.
The reconstruction work was funded by:
Heritage lottery Fund, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Western Isles Enterprise, LEADER+, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Aggregate Industries and the Stornoway Amenity Trust.
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