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Gigha, Port An Duin, Old Watermill

Grain Mill (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Gigha, Port An Duin, Old Watermill

Classification Grain Mill (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Ardailly Farm

Canmore ID 38624

Site Number NR65SW 10

NGR NR 64150 50656

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Gigha And Cara
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NR65SW 10 64150 50656.

Mill [NAT]

OS 1:10,000 map, 1980.

(Location cited as NR 641 507). Port an Duin Mill, Gigha. Early to mid 19th century. The partly roofless ruins of a 2-storey rubble building with a 1-storey and attic wing. There is an intact all-iron, 8-spoke, pitch-black wheel about 16ft (4.87m) diameter, with launder.

J R Hume 1977.

A disused corn mill, largely de-roofed.

Visited by OS (NKB) 2 February 1978.

The mill is situated 200m SW of Ardailly Farm and overlooks Port an Duinn on the W coast of Gigha. It consists of a T-shaped building with the waterwheel still in situ. This wheel is of cast iron and is of the overshot type. Some of the gearing is still in place. Water still runs in the lade which on its lead into the wheel is also made of cast iron.

F Hood [et al.] 1993; F Hood 1994, visited April 1993.

NMRS, MS/805/1.

Site Management (23 November 2009)

Traditional 1-plan. On brae. 1 storey and loft. Rubble; roofless. Segmental arch. 1 storey gabled. addition. Cast-iron mill-lade and over-shot wheel. Interior gutted. Mill-stones and machinery on grass-grown floor. Ruin. Formerly an oat-meal mill. Water supplied by 2 artificial lochs. (ref: Historic Scotland)


Standing Building Recording (21 October 2020)

NR 64154 50655 An enhanced building recording was made of the interior and exterior of Ardailly Mill, Isle of Gigha, prior to conversion of part of the old mill building to form an artist’s retreat.

Funder: Private individual

Clare Ellis – Argyll Archaeology

(Source: DES Vol 21)


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