The National Trust for Scotland's Preston Mill, in East Lothian, portrayed Jamie Fraser's home (Photo: Mike Wilkinson)
The National Trust for Scotland's Preston Mill, in East Lothian, portrayed Jamie Fraser's home (Photo: Mike Wilkinson)

Bid to restore Outlander’s Jamie Fraser’s home

The National Trust for Scotland is calling on the public to help restore one of Scotland’s most picturesque mills where some of Outlander’s most memorable scenes were filmed.

Preston Mill, located on the banks of the River Tyne in East Linton, was one of the region’s last working grain mills having been used commercially until 1959.

However, the 18th century mill is now in need of urgent help to repair its water wheel after the mechanism which allows it to turn broke over the winter months, causing it to jam in a fixed position.

With £12,000 required to undertake the repair works, The National Trust for Scotland – a conservation charity which protects and preserves Scotland’s heritage, including Preston Mill – has launched a crowdfunder to raise the funds needed to restore the wheel to its former glory.

Stuart Maxwell, general manager for Ayrshire & Arran and Edinburgh & East at The National Trust for Scotland, said: ‘Unfortunately, over time, the heat from the friction of the turning axle, which allows the wheel to spin, has distorted the metal components that hold the wheel in place.

‘Plans are in place to repair the wheel, but we urgently need the help of the public to raise the funds required and ensure that this spectacular piece of Scottish heritage is preserved.

‘Those who visit Preston Mill, can follow in Jamie Fraser’s footsteps as well as seeing and hearing the mill in action while learning about the millers who worked there – it would be a real loss to us, the public and Scotland if we weren’t able to restore it to working order.

The National Trust for Scotland’s Preston Mill, in East Lothian, portrayed Jamie Fraser’s home (Photo: Mike Wilkinson)

‘We need to do all that we can to protect the places that inspire our love of Scotland, and Preston Mill is one of those places.’

With its curious Dutch-style conical roof, Preston Mill is an architectural oddity that beguiles visitors and transports them back in time.
In 2014, it hosted the cast and crew of the hit TV show Outlander as they filmed some of the first season’s most pivotal scenes and used the mill as a stand-in for Lallybroch, Jamie Fraser’s (played by Sam Heughan – click here to read our exclusive interview) family home.

Given the TV show’s international popularity, the fundraising campaign will run in partnership with the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA. It has already garnered global attention with an American donor from Nantucket, Massachusetts, making a substantial match funding contribution.

Barbara Beinecke Spitler will match all donations made towards the repair of the mill, dollar-for-dollar, until $5,000 (£3,901.50) is reached. As a fan of Gabaldon’s Outlander book series and a philanthropist of historic preservation, Barbara saw the donation as the perfect marriage of her two interests.

If successful in raising the total required amount of £12,000, work to repair the wheel will begin in early spring with hopes of completion by April – in time for the property’s seasonal reopening.

To get the wheel turning again, engineers will restore the masonry pillar – which the wheel sits upon – and replace the timber bearing and metal bushes – which houses the wheel’s axle and holds it in place, allowing the wheel to turn.

To donate to the Preston Mill appeal, visit: – with the link live from 8 March.