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“Gold panning course”

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 24 September 2017

Had a excellent day learning how to pan for gold, many thanks to the instructors, Leon and Alan not forgetting John who kept the materials coming, even the scottish weather didn`t dampen our spirits, it was amazing to go home with a little bit of gold , which you had panned for yourself

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"gold panning"
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"well worth a visit"
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"tour guide"
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"pan for gold"
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"fascinating insight"
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"interesting place"
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"industrial heritage"
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"living conditions"
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"an excellent guide"
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"tea room is"
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"great place to visit"
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"staff were very friendly"
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"hard hats"
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"off the beaten track"
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

Great fun gold panning here, even if i didn't make my riches :-) its a bit like fishing, without a catch. Photo below of someone gold panning in the valley.

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Reviewed 7 September 2017

If a museum can be interesting and make visitors want to stay on a grey, wet day like the day we went there, then it really IS an interesting place !
It's worth going just for the pleasure of the drive through the hills to reach Scotland's highest village,with a fascinating industrial history, now being reclaimed by nature and kept alive by a dedicated staff who run the museum, cafe and tours.
All the staff are unfailingly pleasant and helpful and the cafe is to be highly recommended - try the scones !

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Reviewed 5 September 2017

We visited enroute to Portpatrick on a very wet day. Found this interesting and well presented museum with four closely situated sites in the village, all worth seeing. A good place to spend a couple of hours and then explore the surrounding area with so much industrial history still evident. Finished with tea and freshly baked delicious fruit cake in the adjoining tea room. We would highly recommend this museum.

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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Visited here with my aunty as my great grandparents , her grandparents had lived here and great grandfather had worked in the mine. We wanted to see where they had lived and worked.
Booked the whole tour which involved going into a mine, the miners cottages , the miners library and the visitor centre.
The guides were very informative and the tour was very interesting if not a little emotional at times.
Going in the mine certainly made you think. Warning if suffer from claustrophobic tendencies maybe the mine not the best for you.
The miners cottages are split into different times. The library was very interesting was just a shame no record of my great grandfather but we did see a picture which might of been him in it.
We also tried the cafe, yummy lentil soup so would also recommend eating here.
A great few hours spent here. Thanks to all the staff and guides.

1  Thank Cath H
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