Edinburgh Panning For Gold


Gold Mining 


Wanlockhead Village,

Dumfries and Galloway,

ML12 6UT

+44 (0) 1659 74387

Wanlockhead village has been mentioned in history as far back as when the Romans mined the lead for their armour and weapons.


There are two villages over 450 meters up the hills of the Southern Uplands of Scotland at a distance 2 miles apart and the reason for where they are situated can be explained by the rich variety of minerals to be found in the area of Wanlockhead and Leadhills which became known as "God's Treasure House in Scotland". The area has produced some of the world's purest gold (22.8 carats) which was used in to make the Honours of Scotland (Scottish Crown Jewels) circa 1540.




Panning for Gold.

Spend the day looking for gold, where the gold for the Scottish Crown Jewels was mined.

Walk around a village that less than 170 people live and work.

Take a guided tour of the village and go into a real lead mine where people would work the mine face.


Wanlockhead is 461m / 1531 feet above sea level which makes it the highest village in Scotland.


Wanlockhead is set in the Lowther Hills with summits of 2,400 feet and views of southern Scotland including the Mennock Pass were it starts its descent following the Mennock Burn, offering views of Scotland famous scenery.


Wanlockhead has the highest Pub in Scotland Wanlockhead Inn 1531 feet (461m) above sea level


Wanlockhead has the highest residential hotel in Scotland, sitting 1297 feet above sea level.


Wanlockhead Subscription Library opened 1756 second oldest in Europe.


Robert Reid Poet born in 1850 immigrated to Montreal Canada in 1877.


The Duke of Buccleuch built a lead smelting plant and accommodation for the workers in Warlockhead in the late

16 hundreds. The land and village of Warlockhead is still under the ownership of the Duke of Buccleuch. When you arrive you will pass through Leadhill a village that has produced many important people and a grave of possible the oldest lived person in Scotland at the age of 137 years. 

Wanlockhead is most interesting and rewarding tour you can go on when visiting Scotland. A day out you will remember and talk about Wanlockhead to your friends for years to come.


In my opinion, and I have visited world sites, Valley of the Kings in Egypt, Ephesus in Turkey, Eifel Tower in Paris, Table top mountain South Africa, Etna in Sicily, Pompeii in Italy and the Vatican in Rome, Edinburgh Castle, Knossos in Crete and Abu Simbel in Egypt, The Parthenon in Athens and Olympia on the Peloponnese peninsula where the first Olympics were staged.


The Wanlockhead Lochnell mine opened in 1710 and see the conditions the miners had to work in.

The Wanlockhead Miners' subscription Library established in 1756, is one of the most important Libraries in Europe with books of the greats like Sir Walter Scott.


Pan for gold in the nearby Wanlockhead streams. 


In the Wanlockhead museum learn about the area and see many of the minerals taken from the hills.

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