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Delightful East Linton of Scotland

The River Tyne has long enabled a succession of mills to operate through a supply of water-generated power. The most prominent of these mills is the Preston Mill that is located just north east of the village of East Linton. The history of the town and the mill have long been intertwined. Today the town serves as the perfect place to stay when making a visit to this ancient mill. The Preston Mill has been the longest surviving working water mill since the 1600s. It is currently maintained by the National Trust of Scotland.

East Linton is situated just 35 km east of Edinburgh along the beautiful River Tyne. During the 16th century a bridge was built over the gorge that enabled travelers to journey more easily from Edinburgh to London. The development the importance of the town dramatically and it even became a vital staging post on the legendary Great North Road. Today you will find a number of charming hotels and restaurants along this route – many of which are very old. One example is the Bridgend Hotel. The hotel is appropriately named since it faces the end of the bridge.

The next major development to affect the town was the development of the East Linton Railway Station in 1846. Unfortunately the railway did not last, having been dissolved in 1960, but the East Coast main line continues to run through the village without stopping. Without rail transportation of goods, it became necessary to connect the main street in the village with the River Tyne. This has enabled farming and milling to be continued in East Linton down to this day.

The charming character of East Linton has been largely preserved through the development of the A1 trunk road that skirts the village and so keeps major traffic out the town’s narrow streets and away from the historical bridge. East Linton is best known for its delightful village square and welcoming atmosphere – two things that continue to attract visitors on a regular basis. Despite the town’s proximity to the city of Edinburgh, East Linton has somehow managed to preserve its rural identity. Therefore you can expect to enjoy charming country roads, homely little cottages and warm churches near this lovely little village.