Wanlockhead is Scotland’s highest village sitting at 1531 ft./468.08 m. above sea level.
The Museum of Lead Mining Visitor Centre is situated in the heart of the village. The Visitor Centre was built in 1991 on the site of the old Smiddy.
The museum tells the story of some of the many notable, local poets, authors and engineers.
Robert Burns, in his role as an excise man, visited Wanlockhead during the snowy winter of 1789. His horse was slipping on the ice and he asked the blacksmith to replace the horse’s shoes with spiked shoes to improve his grip. The blacksmith was very busy, but managed to fit in the work. While he waited, Robert Burns wrote the poem ‘Pegasus’ as payment.