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main image Whin mill stone and rink, Gartly parish, Aberdeenshire
Whins (gorse, Ulex) are spikey bushes with yellow flowers which grow wild over much of Scotland. In former times, their shoots were crushed to make cattle feed which was scarce in winter. The crushing was done either by beating with an iron-shod flail or mallet.

Some farms, especially in north-east Scotland, had a whin mill. An edge-running stone, mounted on a swivelled wooden beam would be pulled around a circular platform by a horse.

This one at Gartly parish is long disused, but the stone and the platform are still apparent.

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