There has been a mill on the site since the 14th century, set up by the monks of Kilwinning Abbey. The Present mill was erected in 1640 and rebuilt in 1880 after being damaged by fire. The Garnock waters power a 6-metre diameter breast-shot wheel that drives the French burr millstones through cast iron gearing. The traditional methods of producing flour can be traced and the wheel turns when possible.
Country Life Museum
The three storey grain store has been converted to house an extensive collection of Ayrshire farming and domestic memorabilia, reflecting the self sufficiency of the pre-industrial rural community that was Dalgarven. An ever- changing exhibition of vintage costume is drawn from the Museum's collection of over 1,000 pieces. On the top floor, an exhibit lets the visitor compare the 1880 lifestyle of the mill-owner, as you wander through his recreated house.
Leave time to wander through the unspoilt landscape formed by the gently flowing River Garnock. In spring, the wild flower meadow is at its best, in summer, take the new riverside walkway, sit by the riverbank and watch the heron, swallows, kingfisher and other wildlife.
Coffee Room and Antiques
Finish off your visit with a light lunch in the atmosphere of a farmhouse kitchen, and visit the on site Antiques shop.
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