Dalgarven Mill logo Dalry Road
KY13 6PL
Experience the sights and sounds of a bygone age in the idyllic hamlet of Dalgarven, lying in a secluded hollow just off the main Glasgow to Kilwinning Road, only 25 minutes walk from Kilwinning Town Centre.
The Mill
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 1642 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 with on-going restoration, it is hoped that demonstration milling will soon be possible.


Dalgarven Mill - picture
Dalgarven Mill Museum - picture Country Life Museum
The 5-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 local costumes, dating from Victorian times can be seen, including some exquisite examples of Ayrshire whitework. On the top floor, a new exhibit lets the visitor compare the 1880 lifestyles of the mill-owner and his worker, as you wander through their recreated house and cottage.
Riverside Walk
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, sit by the riverbank and watch the heron, swallows, kingfisher and other wildlife.
Riverside Walk - picture
Coffee Room and Museum Shop.
Finish off your visit with a light lunch in the atmosphere of a farmhouse kitchen, or try some of our mouth-watering cakes, wholemeal scones, bread and rolls, freshly baked on the premises. Take home a selection from the bakery or browse through the museum shop for unusual gifts and souvenirs.
How To Get Here
Just half an hour from Glasgow. Heading west, leave the M8 at junction 28A, follow the A737 towards Kilwinning.
Alternatively, take the A736 then the B778 to Kilwinning, turn right and take the A737 towards Dalry, or the M77 towards Kilmarnock or Ayr, take the A78 by-passing Irvine and follow the signs to Kilwinning. The Mill is half-way between Kilwinning and Dalry.
There are frequent trains and buses to Kilwinning and Dalry.
Open All Year  

Easter to the end of October Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm

Winter Wednesday to Sunday 11am - 4pm

Groups welcome during or outwith these hours, please phone