Welcome to Scotland’s unique surviving beam engine
Garlogie, 11 miles West of Aberdeen, is the site of a wool spinning mill dating from 1799. Little remains today except for an 1830s beam engine (a type of early steam engine) still in its Historic Environment Scotland Category A-listed engine house, making it a rare survivor of the Industrial Revolution and the oldest steam engine of any kind still in its original location in Scotland. It also contains what is believed to be the oldest cast iron engine beam in the world dating from 1805.
Also of interest is a 1920s hydro-power turbine plant which ran until the mid-1960s supplying electricity to Lord Cowdray’s Dunecht House and Estate.
The objective of the Garlogie Beam Engine Trust is to restore the historic beam engine and water turbine to operation for the enjoyment and education of current and future visitors.
Here you will find information on the history and layout of the site, details of the beam engine and water turbine, and the water supply to the Mill.
You will also find details of how to join our Members and Friends organisations and find out how to play a part in bringing back to life these unusual and precious examples of our industrial and social heritage.