Quendale Water Mill and Visitor Attraction

Quendale Water Mill, Dunrossness, ZE2 9JD
Tel: 01950 460 969 or 01950 460 550 (out of hours)
Opening Times:

2019 – 15th April to 13th October.  Open daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm

Visits by groups outwith normal hours can be arranged subject to Custodian availability and adequate prior notification (01 April to 31 October).

Prices:  Adult £4.00; Snr Citizen/Concessionary £3.00; Children (12 to 16yrs) £1.00; Under 12’s Free.

Prices: Prices: Adult £4.00; Snr Citizen/Concessionary £3.00; Children (12 to 16yrs) £1.00; Under 12’s Free.



The Mill was originally built in 1867 and its primary purpose was to handle the Quendale Estate grain.  The Mill has now been restored to its former glory and has been operated by The South Mainland Community History Group as a quality visitor attraction since 1993.

A 12 minute professionally made short video with local people telling their story of the working mill creates the perfect start to your visit.  Following which, orientation cards are available for self-guided tours to take you through the building with its crofting artefacts, displays of local history, photos and memorabilia.

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Craft Shop:

Our little shop has a very varied selection craft goods to whet your appetite, e.g. Shetland Knitwear, Shetland books, Shire books, Shetland Jewellery, Puffins and lots more besides. Gifts for all ages - all keenly priced. See our Facebook page for regular updates on our latest additions.

1:50 Scale Models:

Our display of commercial and passenger vehicles, including ones of local interest, covers a period of about 70 years.  In addition there is an excellent display of photos taken by Custodian George Jacobson, which greatly complements the collection.

                                                                                                                                                             Trucks - by G.A. Jacobson Trucks - by G.A. Jacobson

RMS Oceanic:

Artefacts from "The Other Titanic", wrecked off Foula in 1914, can be seen in our display at the Quendale Mill. The wreckage came ashore over a considerable area of the South Mainland of Shetland and interesting pieces could be found in local homes for many years afterwards, some of which were in remarkable condition.

National Mills Weekend:

The Quendale Mill is once again participating in National Mills Weekend, which will take place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May 2019.  Following previous contact with the Quendale Mill, our friends at Anderson’s Mill, Smeaton, in Australia will also take part during this weekend.

Mills On The Air:

During National Mills Weekend we will be hosts to the Zetland Amateur Radio Club – GM3ZET.  Their call sign for International Mills on the Air is GB2QM (Quendale Mill, Shetland).  Once again they will be contacting fellow enthusiasts from all over the world, including in watermills and windmills throughout the UK and in Europe.

Braer Disaster:

24 years have passed since the Braer tanker disaster. The Braer ran aground at Garthsness, Quendale, spilling her cargo of crude oil in very close proximity to the Quendale Mill, and there is information collated by the South Mainland History Group at the Mill regarding the event, which you can browse on your next visit to the Mill.


A custodian is always on hand to help you discover local heritage and genealogy and will assist you in your search for other local treasures to visit and explore. An advance call would be appreciated to allow time for research. Why not relax with a hot or cold drink, or take time to browse in our small craft shop - you'll find it well worthwhile.

Local Family History:

Were your relatives born in 'Da Ness'? Throughout the 2010 season Quendale Watermill invited visitors to view the display of the local 19th century clearances. This generated considerable interest and we would like to continue the invitation to anyone with an interest in local family history to come and share their knowledge, or discover more about their ancestors by visiting the Mill at our weekly Thursday evening meetings between 7.30 and 10.30pm - members of the History Group will be very interested to hear your story.

Halifax Bomber Crash:

The information collated for a display to commemorate the lives of the 7 airmen, who were lost 70 years ago when their aircraft crashed into Fitful Head, and which was organised by the South Mainland Community History Group especially for the anniversary year, can now be seen at the Mill. Further information will be added to our website at a later date.

Information Centre:

We also provide leaflets and information on Shetland's many other attractions. An added bonus at the Mill is free Wi-Fi for our customers.

Children’s Activities:

Suitable for children of all ages! Search for “Tamara da Coo” – to be found in different locations throughout the Mill. Also our Scavenger Hunt – 2 versions available, suitable for younger and older age groups. Happy hunting! Childrens activities - Quendale Mill Childrens activities - Quendale Mill


See the events calendar for information on upcoming events in the area.


Toilets Disabled Access Tea/Coffee Facilities Parking Child Friendly Gift Shop Information Point

Map & Directions

Distance from Lerwick - 29 miles.

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