Quendale Watermill, Visitor Centre & Craft Shop

Historic Buildings & Homes

Dunrossness, Shetland, ZE2 9JD

    The Quendale Watermill is a beautifully restored 19th century overshot watermill complete with visitor centre and café.

    Located to the south of Mainland Shetland, the Quendale Watermill is situated in a quiet rural location surrounded by many scenic areas and outstanding historical attractions.  Visitors to the mill are invited to watch a short professional video of the mill, with local people operating the machinery. A tour of the mill and the displays of photos, artefacts and memorabilia is a must for adults and children alike. The small craft shop has a surprisingly varied assortment of quality goods, e.g. Shetland knitwear, jewellery, books and music. There are also hot and cold drink facilities and toilets suitable for people with disabilities. 

    The Quendale Watermill also has a comprehensive visitor information service to assist you plan your itinerary whilst in Shetland. Visitors will discover a wealth of genealogical information at the watermill and the staff are more than happy to assist you with family history enquiries. The mill itself gives a great insight into the lives of the millers who worked here as well as showing further historical exhibitions on Shetland.

    Group bookings may be accepted outwith advertised times. Advance bookings preferred for coach parties.

    3 Visitor Attraction
    Assisted wheelchair access
    Opening Times
    2015 Opening Times
    13 Apr 2015 - 11 Oct 2015

    Additional opening 01/04/2015 to 12/04/2015 and 12/10/2015 to 31/10/2015 on request - contact in advance by email.

    Ticket Information
    Entry Fee - Adult £3.00 per ticket
    Entry Fee - Child £.50 per ticket
    Entry Fee - Snr Citizen £2.00 per ticket

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


    • Tea & Coffee Available


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Debit Card
    • Electron
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Solo Card
    • VISA Card


    • Free Parking On-Site


    • Children Welcome Children must be accompanied


    • ASVA Member
    • Disabled Access
    • No Smoking Permitted


    • Coastal Location
    • Rural Location Situated on a working farm - please drive carefully

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers
    • Young People

    Public Transport Directions

    By ferry (regular sailings from Aberdeen and Kirkwall) to Lerwick.  Follow the main A970 Lerwick-Sumburgh Road - branching westwards at the Quendale junction and travelling the last 2 miles towards the Watermill.  By air to Sumburgh Airport (regular direct flights from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Kirkwall and Bergen), followed by a short car journey through the scenic countryside, heading north and leaving the A970 at the Quendale junction. 

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

    Journey Planner

    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the information point


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps


    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • some routes
    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Good colour / tonal contrast used throughout the attraction e.g. doors contrast strongly with floors/walls
    • Clear signage throughout the attraction (e.g. colour contrasted, large lettering, use of pictograms etc.)
    • Lighting effective throughout the attraction for visually impaired visitors e.g. pools of light and dark areas are avoided
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
      • some routes
    • There is an audible alarm system

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.


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