Kirkdale Water Driven Sawmill and Nature Trail. Dumfries and Galloway Hertiage Tourist Attraction.


Overshot Water Wheel

Painted Lady Butterfly

Sawblade and belt drive

Currently probably the only working water-powered sawmill in Scotland.

The Kirkdale sawmill is driven by an overshot water-wheel and dates from the early 1800's. It was used as an estate sawmill and joiners' shop until the 1970's.

In 2004 it was restored with the help of a European grant, and was opened as a visitor attraction in 2005.

In 2016 it was temporarily closed for repair due to damage caused by flash floods, but appointment is available, as well as the sale of seasonal hardwoods and firewood ( See contact). Holiday attraction Dumfries and Galloway Tourist Board, IC Scotland, Visit Scotland, Where to stay, What to see, Carsuith, Newton Stewart, Castle Douglas, Wigtown, DG8, Stranraer.