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“Lovely family day out”

Museum of Lead Mining
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Owner description: Museum of Lead Mining, is situated in Wanlockhead Village, which is the highest village in Scotland, we are 1531 feet above sea level. At the museum we have our Visitor Centre, Tour of Scotland's only real underground Lead Mine, 3 Period Cottages 1750,1850 and 1910. We also have the 2nd Oldest Subscription Library with the original collection of almost 3,000 books, which is the original Miners' collection. This is a Recognised Collection. If you would like to sample Gold Panning you can try one of our taster sessions. After your tour you can sit and relax in our Tearoom and sample the delightful homemade treats on offer, then finally you can visit our Gift Shop which hosts Local Crafts, Minerals, and lots more. Wanlockhead is known as a SSSI Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Reviewed 19 August 2014

Just spent afternoon doing tour of the mine & minors cottage, the guide was both interesting & entertaining for all age groups, we went with my two boys aged 8 & 10 and my 75 year old father in-law. We then panned for gold with Margaret, who was brilliant with the boys, really helpful & enthusiastic, where we has the unexpected bonus of finding some good sized specks of gold.
I was surprised to find such a different, lovely day out so close to Glasgow, plus if you approach the village from the west from the A76 & B797 the scenery is spectacular.

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Reviewed 9 August 2014

We really enjoyed our visit here, my youngest son had been doing a project at school and was keen to see what life was like then.
The guide, Margaret was very passionate and knowledgable about the mine and the miners cottages. She was very friendly and interacted well with the children. Very infor motive and a great day out.

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Reviewed 6 August 2014

We went on the tour of the lead mine and miners cottages. To be honest we weren't expecting much but were pleasantly surprised. Our guide was very interesting and entertaining. Well worth a visit in this beautiful area.

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Reviewed 1 August 2014

We had lunch here one wet afternoon when out for a walk in the area. We got a nice warm welcome even though our coats were dripping. I settled for scrambled egg and toast which was very tasty. The fayre was based on healthy eating so don't expect chips on the menu. All very nice in very pleasant surroundings. I wll return.

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Reviewed 28 July 2014

The hidden treasures museum of lead mining is indeed both hidden and a gem of a place. The village of Wanlockhead seems to be in the middle of nowhere but is in fact fairly easily accessible from the A74. Perhaps greater advertising would help!
The museum charts the rise and fall of lead mining in the Southern Uplands, along with the other metals found - silver and gold , and you can pan for 'salted' gold at the museum, or more interestingly buy a licence and take to the streams, where native gold can still be found.
You also get to go into an abandoned lead mine and see how the miners lived. All in all it took us a lot longer to see over this place than we had thought- because it is both interesting and well thought out. It also houses the miners library which is both historically valuable and a testament to the learning of the miners.
Oh and there's a tea room too! All of this makes it a great place to visit!

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