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Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot

Picturesque mill on the banks of the River Tyne – waterwheel, millpond, doocot and Outlander set

Planning your visit

We want you to enjoy your visit to Preston Mill – your safety is our priority. This means we’ve had to make some changes so that we can keep everyone safe. Please read our Guide on what to expect before you set off.

This property is part of the ‘We’re Good to Go’ scheme, which means we have carried out an official COVID-19 risk assessment to check we have everything in place to reopen safely.

Please be aware that for the health and safety of visitors, volunteers and employees in our hospitality venues, we will record the name and contact details of everyone who enters in order to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect. This information will be used to enable NHS Scotland to contact you should you have been in the venue around the same time as someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. We are obliged to process this data to comply with The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 11) Regulations 2020. Please see our Data Protection page for further information.

Further to this, in National Trust for Scotland non-hospitality settings, where there is either a pre-booking system in place or there is the potential for close contact (eg in some of our smaller properties), we will ask visitors to provide limited contact information. This is for the purposes of managing the number of visitors and also to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect. For further information, please see our Data Protection page.


We have set up a pre-booking system to make your visit easier and safer. Ticket numbers are capped each day, so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. In accordance with government guidelines, no more than six people from two household groups will be permitted per hour time slot.

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We strongly advise that you pre-book before travelling. If you do not pre-book, we cannot guarantee entry to the mill.

The visitor centre has a small exhibition and a refreshment area, with a small selection of cold drinks, ice-cream and snacks.

Dogs are welcome in the grounds but must be kept on a lead.

For more information about planning your visit, please see the drop-down facilities below or our frequently asked questions.

If you’d like to speak to us, we can be contacted by telephone on 01620 860426.

Facilities & access

  • Visitors with disabilities may drive up to the exhibition room entrance.
  • The ground floor of the mill is partly accessible.
  • There are steep stairs to the upper floor.
  • The exhibition and shop are fully accessible. The grounds of the mill are partially accessible.

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development. Detailed accessibility guides for the most visited Trust places are available on our Accessibility pages as well as links to useful resources.

We’d love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what’s good and where we need to do better.

3G/4G coverage
Accessible parking
Accessible toilet
Baby changing
Bike route

Younger visitors will enjoy learning about Wee Bob, the miller’s horse. There are also explorer packs for families.

Access to Preston Mill is by guided tour only; these take place approximately every 45 minutes. The last tour begins no later than 4.15pm.

Guided tours are available by prior arrangement and booking is essential for groups of 10 or more or to avoid disappointment.

Hearing loop
Large print

Parking is free for members of the National Trust for Scotland.

Parking is available 20 metres from the mill.

There are picnic tables and seats in the grounds.

A small selection of cold drinks, ice cream and snacks are available in the shop.

Take a look at our online shop as well for a wide range of Outlander-inspired gifts.


Look out for wildlife including kingfishers, otters and herons along the walk to Phantassie Doocot, as well as fish using the new fish pass in the restored weir.

Opening times

Mill & shop

Guided tours only. Last tour begins no later than 16.15. Access to the mill building is by pre-booked time slots. Please note that spaces are limited.

1 Jan–29 Apr, closed Current period30 Apr–31 Oct, Thurs–Mon, 10.30–17.00 1 Nov–31 Mar 2022, closed

Entry prices

Preston Mill
One adult family

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £50