Who knew the term milling around came from the days when the local mill was the beating heart of rural communities? That was just one of the interesting facts we gleaned from a visit to Barry Mill near Carnoustie. Our guide Charles was full of fascinating stories about the importance of mills to society and his enthusiasm for the restored mill was infectious. There has been a mill at Barry since the fifteen hundreds. It was threatened with closure in 2009 but thanks to a group of local enthusiasts it remains open for us to enjoy today.
It was amazing to see the water wheel operating and appreciate how engineering ingenuity saved people from the daily grind (get it?) of producing their own flour.
The mill is only one of a handful in Scotland powered by water. How lucky are we to have such a special place on our doorstep?
All of that history worked up quite an appetite so we stopped off at Gather for lunch. It's a lovely informal deli and cafe in central Carnoustie. Scrummy soup and salad was followed by yummy victoria sponge and brownies, delish!
In a feeble attempt to work off the cake we headed to Monikie Country Park for a stroll.
It's a super place to visit whether you want to try your hand at windsurfing, wild swimming or just get up close and personal with their friendly resident ducks. We keep saying we want to try the wild swimming, maybe this year we'll pluck up the courage! We'll keep you posted.
Cheryl and Nick
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