Places to visit

Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot

Preston Mill

Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot

Picturesque water mill in an idyllic setting

  • Step back in time and immerse yourself in the peaceful surroundings at this picturesque mill.

  • The mill features in the popular US TV series Outlander

  • See and hear the mill mechanisms in action and learn about the millers who worked here.

  • Keep an eye out for otters, kingfishers and herons on the walk beside the river down to the doocot. 

When you first see Preston Mill you might think you’ve wound up in a story book. With its curious Dutch-style conical roof, the mill is an architectural oddity that will beguile visitors as much as it delights painters and photographers. 

Preston Mill  was used commercially until 1959 and was the region’s last working watermill. Guided tours reveal the gruelling nature of the miller’s work, from heavy lifting to dealing with floods, mice and dust.   

Just across the River Tyne lies the unusual structure of Phantassie Doocot, built in the 16th century to house 500 pigeons.