Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot

[Threatening skies over Preston Mill]

Happen across Preston Mill by accident and you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd somehow stumbled across a real-life fairy tale, such is the unusual shape of this historic meal mill. This was East Lothian's last functioning water mill, still in commercial use until 1959 and with some (though not all) of the machinery still in operation today. Entry to the mill itself is by guided tour explaining the various components involved in producing oatmeal. There's also a small exhibition area: particularly interesting are photos of the regular spate events on the neighboring River Tyne which (still) regularly flood the buildings. A short walk away, over that same troublesome river and south across a field, is another piece of history also in the care of the National Trust for Scotland: 16th century Phantassie Doocot. The name turns out to be the most interesting thing about this beehive doocot as you actually can't go inside. Hey ho, since you're nearby...

[Inside the mill]

📌 Preston Mill ★★☆☆
Location: B1407 half a mile northeast of East Linton, G.R.: NT 595779 ///scooped.salmon.widest
Open (2019): Easter weekend then Thursday to Monday, May to September
Cost (2019): £6.50 (adults), £5 (children), free for National Trust for Scotland members

📌 Phantassie Doocot ☆☆☆
Location: Just south of Preston Mill, East Linton, G.R.: NT 597774 ///flasks.fronted.seeing
Open: Always (exterior only)
Cost: Free
Anything else? Park at Preston Mill (see above): the doocot is a straightforward 10-min walk south through fields.

[Preston Mill from the north]


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