Preston Mill and Phantassie Doocot
A hidden away picturesque 18th century Dutch style water mill, with distinctive conical-roof, that makes you think of Hobbits. This distinctive architecture is beloved by artists and photographers. Preston Mill still has a working water-wheel and machinery and was East Lothian’s last working water mill operating until 1959 and when open you can learn about the life of the mill and the stories of the millers.
A beautiful place to walk, a few minutes along the River Tyne reveals the unusual structure of the beehive-shaped Phantassie Doocot, with its French style horseshoe parapet, built in the 16th century to house 500 birds.
Admission Charge into Preston Mill
Open June to Sept, Thursday – Monday 12.30-5pm
East Lothian is one of the most important grain-growing areas in Scotland, and was a key location during the agricultural revolution. At one time East Linton had six water-powered mills, processing cloth, timber and grain.
East Linton is a pretty village, and Preston Mill is a good place to start walking along the river bank, through farm and grassland down to Belhaven Bay. A few minutes walk away is the lovely circular walk around Smeaton Lake and the Smeaton Nursery and Tearoom.
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