The National Trust for Scotland has raised the cash to restore an iconic East Lothian water wheel made famous for featuring in popular TV series Outlander.
The historic Preston Mill has a curious Dutch-style conical roof and is an architectural oddity that attracts thousands of tourists each year.
Made famous by its use as Lallybroch in Outlander, Preston Mill lets people step back in time to when it was used commercially until 1959 with tours now showcasing the gruelling life of the miller’s work.
Its most famous feature, the water wheel, has been stuck since September and is no longer able to turn – just like in the TV drama.
The conservation charity began a crowdfunder to pay for repair works and has now smashed its £12,000 target in less than three weeks thanks to generous donations from the public and an American donor from Nantucket, Massachusetts who made a match funding contribution.
Barbara Beinecke Spitler matched all donations made towards the repair of the mill, dollar-for-dollar, until $5,000 (£3,901.50) was 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.
Repair work will now begin in early spring with hopes of completion in April – in time for the property’s seasonal reopening.