We are a group of people living in Killin village, or nearby, who are committed to saving the Mill and keeping it in good condition by raising funds. The Killin and Ardeonaig Community Development Trust Limited have just taken on a trial lease, for 3 months, to see whether it is feasible to raise suficient funds to run and maintain the building and our committee is charged with the responsibility of the day to day running of this project.
The site has strong associations with St Fillan and was home to his Healing Stones, the future use of the mill is key to the survival of the asset and its contribution to the local community.The mill was substantially refurbished, including a complete rebuild of the wheel, but with little maintenance work in recent years there is a substantial amount of refurbishment required again and it is likely that we will need to seek a substantial funds to put things right. Once back in order we need to raise sufficient income to pay for the ongoing need for maintenance and the cost of utilities, which is a challenge for the Group.
The residents of the village have been very supportive, with around 50 people helping us over the trial period and we are on a 20 month lease whilst we seek funding. We plan to save this old building and have found the thrift of great interest to residents and visitors. We provide a very personal information service to tourists and encourage visitors to see and use the rest of the village, its surrounding sites and services. We run classes and have a display of Arts and Crafts. St Fillan's Healing Stones are on display on the first floor and avalable for use by appointment. The Mill is not just an old building saved, but a vibrant community and tourist resource.
The Old Mill, Killin Group