We offer a five hour course costing £95.00 per person + £10.00 for your day gold panning licence

Please see the tabs below for further details about our gold panning courses.

A picture of a man gold panning


The 5 hour course includes the services of our experienced gold panner Leon Kirk, use of all the necessary equipment, panning permit and packed lunch.

5 Hour Gold Panning Course Dates for 2021

The 2021 dates for our 5 hour gold panning courses are:

14th August, 25th September, 30th October

Please contact us for these 01659 74387 or email info@leadminingmuseum.co.uk

You can also purchase the course via our online shop.

Visitors get the chance to pan for gold in tanks outside the museum. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes and if you follow the gold panners instructions you will definitely find a few flakes of REAL gold to take home with you, along with a certificate to confirm that you found real gold in Scotland’s’ Highest Village.

Cost per person £6.50. 

If you would like to try panning without the services of our gold panner, gold pans can be hired from the Museum Shop at a cost of £3.50 per day with a £20 refundable deposit. You will also require to purchase a gold panning license which is as below,

Licenses can also be purchased from the Museum shop and the cost (from 1st January 2022):

For Individuals : £10.00 for one day / £25.00 for one week / £50.00 for one year.

For Family : £20.00 for one day / £50.00 for one week / £100.00 for one year.

Gold Panning Licences are available from our online shop and from Reception at the Museum of Lead Mining during the open season.

If you wish to pan in any area of Wanlockhead Waters and Mennock Waters you will need to purchase a Licence.  The area is owned by Buccleuch Estate and we sell the licences on their behalf.

Licence Costs (as at 1 January 2022):

Individual Licence – Day £10.00, Week £25.00, Year £50.00

Family Licence – Day £20.00, Week £50.00, Year £100.00


Please note that if you are panning in any area on the Buccleuch Estate and you need to be able to produce your licence on request by any authorised person on behalf of Buccleuch Estates.

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