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Hidden away in the rural idyll of East Linton resides an architectural oddity beloved by artists and photographers. Preston Mill, with its distinctive Dutch style conical-roof, was East Lothian’s last working water mill.

Whilst extremely picturesque, life here was no walk in the park for the miller. You’ll come away with a vivid picture of how he spent his days, with heavy lifting, dust, mice and regular floods all part of the job description!

A short walk from the mill across the River Tyne reveals another unusual structure - the beehive-shaped Phantassie Doocot, with its French style horseshoe parapet, built in the 16th century to house 500 pigeons.
Did you know?

The introduction of turnips in Britain led to the decline of doocots and pigeons being kept for their meat, because farmers could now keep their cattle and sheep alive all year round.

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Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot

1 May to 30 Sep, Thur-Mon 12.30-5.
Tours approx every 45 mins.

Guided tours only. Booking essential for groups of 10 or more or to avoid disappointment.

Tel. 0844 493 2128

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