Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot

East Lothian | East Linton | Historic buildings | ★★★

[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 dovecot as you actually can't go inside. But since you're nearby...

[Inside the mill]

Location & info

📌 Preston Mill ★★★
By the B1407 half a mile northeast of East Linton, G.R.: NT 595779 ///scooped.salmon.widest
Open Thursday to Monday, April to October | £6.50 adult / £5 child / free for National Trust for Scotland members

📌 Phantassie Doocot
10-min walk south on foot from Preston Mill, G.R.: NT 597774 ///flasks.fronted.seeing
Always open (exterior only) | Free

Anything else? Nearest parking for the doocot is at Preston Mill (see above). From here, it's a straightforward 10-min walk south through fields on a dirt path.



[Preston Mill from the north]

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