Click mills at Huxter

It was back in 2005 that we were on the Shetland Islands. The previous year we had found a click mill at Dounby on the Orkney Islands. We knew what to expect when we found the Huxter mill.


Now how glorious is that – a lovely little building made of what could be found locally. The grass roof is in need of repair but that seems to help make this building an integral part of its landscape.

Huxter is out at the extreme west of Mainland Shetland. It’s a remote spot washed by the North Atlantic Ocean.

The horizontal wheel which could directly drive a mill stone is visible under the mill.


Let’s see what the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland says about Huxter.

The Norse, or horizontal, mills at Huxter are typical examples of a once-common type of water mill found in Shetland, Orkney and Lewis. The mill used one wheel (tirl) with blades mounted on a horizontal plane, driving a single pair of grindstones. This simple design meant that multiple mills could be built on a length of stream, with a family or small partnership each owning their own mill.


Yes, there is more than one mill at Huxter.


The little stream which fed the mills comes from a small lake on the hill above the mills.


And to set the scene, the view from Huxter includes the far-away island of Foula.


What a glorious place!



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One Response to “Click mills at Huxter”

  1. Thom Hickey Says:

    Thanks. This series makes me want to start packing for Highlands and Islands trip! Regards Thom.

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