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Wanlockhead is another one of those places we had promised ourselves a visit to. Over Easter, 2010, we made it, albeit in the snow but that only added to the whole experience.
Wanlockhead is situated in the Lowther Hills in Dumfries and Galloway and sits prettily at 467 metres high.Snow obviously affects the village for much of the winter and in April, it was still quite deep in parts.The drive from theA76 up the B797to Wanlockhead is a beautiful route and follows the Mennock water.
The area became famous for it's minerals found here and the first settlement occurred in 1680 when the Duke of Buccleuch bulit a lead smelting plant along with workers cottages, enabling mining to carry on year round.The area today is a tourist attraction, now known as The Hidden Treasures and is open daily from April until the end of October. We were surprised how few people were visiting while we were there.
The "experience" consists of a guided trip into Lochnell adit, a tour of the miners cottages, a look at a beam engine and a visit to the library.The guides describe how the villagers lived, especially so in the cottages, which are from three different periods.There are glorious views of the surrounding hills and wide open spaces, made more exciting by the snow! We had a walk along the old tram way and enjoyed the bracing air!!Oh, and for an etra cost, you can pan for gold in the local rivers.It is also possible to hire panning equipment and have a go yourselves, or even go on a gold panning course.All very exciting!!
The Southern Upland Way passes through here providing plenty of walking possibilities and there is also the highest pub in Scotland, the Wanlockhead Inn, opened in 2003. I also noticed a youth hostel.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit although, like so many outdoor museums nowadays, it makes a lot out of not much.I would still recommend a visit to anyone in the area, if only for the location!!
Admission is £7.25 (adult.)
Address: Wanlockhead, South Lanarkshire.
Directions: On the B797, between Mennock on the A76 and Elvanfoot on the A702.Elvanfoot is close to junction 14 0n the M74.
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