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Industrial age

Dumfries & Galloway is built on granite, and its granite built the landmarks of an empire. Dalbeattie, often dubbed Galloway’s granite town, has had an influence far greater than its modest terraced houses may suggest. It was Dalbeattie granite that built the Thames Embankment and constructed Liverpool Docks and the Eddistone Lighthouse. Dalswinton Loch also had a hand in the Industrial Revolution with the maiden voyage of Patrick Miller’s steamboat engineered by William Symington of Wanlockhead. The first practical boat of its kind, and set to usher in a new age of ocean-going transportation, crossed the loch on October 14 1788, with none other than Robert Burns as one of its passengers.

  • Kirkdale Water Driven Sawmill

    Currently probably the only working water-powered sawmill in Scotland. (more…)

  • Scottish Industrial Railway Centre

    Scottish Industrial Railway Centre


    The Scottish Industrial Railway Centre is a ‘living museum’.  Here unique and historically significant industrial steam and diesel locomotives are restored and can be seen working in an authentic setting.

    We are the only Steam Railway in the south west of Scotland.

    Travel behind one of our restored steam engines along a short section of track.
    Want to come and visit?

    See our website and select ‘Steam Days’ for more information on open days, times and admission costs.


    Scottish Industrial Railway Centre is located at Dunaskin, Waterside, Patna, near Dalmellington, KA6 7JF


  • Wanlockhead Lead Mining Museum

    The Visitor Centre is situated in the heart of the village of Wanlockhead, which is Scotland’s highest Village at 1531 ft./468.08 m. above sea level.


  • The Mill on the Fleet

    The Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse

    The Mill on the Fleet

    is a restored 18th century cotton mill on the bank of the River Fleet in Gatehouse of Fleet.

    Now an exhibition centre The Mill on The Fleet is spread over three floors and houses core displays about the development of the town of Gatehouse and the natural history of the Fleet Valley.

    The main exhibition floor houses displays focusing on the history and heritage of Gatehouse, and exploring the Fleet Valley and surrounding areas.  The Fleet Valley is a designated National Scenic Area – one of three in this part of Scotland.  The displays introduce the valley and provide orientation and resources to help visitors explore the area.

    The temporary exhibition galleries, have a programme of exhibitions running throughout the season.

    Also on the top floor is a pop-up shop run by twenty regional artists and makers working in a range of disciplines – ceramics, textiles, prints, paintings and more.

    The Mill Bookshop is on the second floor.  Come and enjoy searching through our 20,000 plus books on a wide range of subjects.

    The café offers a range of home-cooked fare – soups, paninis, salads, sweets and a selection of cakes and bakes.  On a fine day the riverside terrace is the perfect place to relax.

    The Mill on The Fleet also welcomes well behaved dogs!


    The Mill on the Fleet houses the Gatehouse Tourist Information Centre.  The Information Desk is open seven days a week 10am – 5pm during the Mill’s open season from Easter to the end of October.
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