The Museum of Lead Mining, is a Visit Scotland 4 Star Visitor Attraction set in the picturesque village of Wanlockhead, which at 461m / 1531 feet above sea level is the highest village in Scotland.
The village is set amid the Lowther Hills, directly on the Southern Upland Way just minutes from the amazing Mennock Pass, which offers some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland and only 8 miles from the M74.
Uncover our treasures including a real 18th century lead mine set deep in the hillside where visitors can experience the thrill of going underground. Make your way along village paths to the miners’ cottages and see how the miners really lived in the different periods of 1750, 1850 & 1910 before exploring the second oldest subscription Library in Europe, which has gained Recognition status as being a collection of National Significance. Enter the Visitor Centre to discover a fantastic display of rocks, minerals, gold, mining and local artefacts
Daily during our opening season you can search for hidden gold – Yes – Real Gold – by trying your luck at Gold Panning. Our enthusiastic and friendly guides will help to make your visit a day to remember.
If you are looking for a day out with a real difference then look no further than the Museum of Lead Mining at Wanlockhead.
Please note the under 5 year olds are free but for health and safety reasons we regret that it is not possible for them to take part in the underground mine tour. All other areas of the museum, cottages and library are accessible and we do have a table for colouring and activity sheets for the children.