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Wanlockhead Lead Mining Museum

ML12 6UT

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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.

Robert Burns had his horse shod here when it threw a shoe whilst he was on a visit to the area in his capacity as Exciseman.

Within the Visitor Centre we have a walk-through exhibition, which tells the story of how lead ore or galena was won at the face and the processes it went through to become the lead products that we know today. Here you will see the different equipment and pumps used by the miners to win the ore and keep the water levels down.

Also on display are some of the most spectacular minerals found in the Lowther Hills, an area which is responsible for 1% of all known minerals in the World today.

The Museum is unique in Scotland as it is the only former lead mine open to the public.


We also have a vast amount of information on the families who lived and worked in Wanlockhead and the surrounding areas. If you are looking for information on your “family roots” in this area check out the genealogy page. We could help you find what you are looking for.

There is gold in the burns and rivers around Wanlockhead and the museum offers gold panning courses during the season


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