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Museum of Lead Mining

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Museum of Lead Mining, also known as Hidden Treasures, set in the picturesque village of Wanlockhead (the highest village in Scotland), is an excellent way to learn about lead mining in the 18th century, and experience the thrill of going underground!

Make your way along the village paths to 2 miners cottages that show you how miners really lived, take a trip into Lochnell Mine to find out how the miners worked, and learn all about the beam engines that used to pump out the water when the mines became too deep to drain from gravity alone!

Within the Visitor Centre there is walk through exhibition, which tells the story of how lead ore was won at the face, and the processes it went through to become the lead products that is know today. Here you will see the different equipment and pumps used by the miners to win the ore and keep the water levels down.

Also on display are some of the most spectacular minerals found in the Lowther Hills, an area that is responsible for 1% of all known minerals in the World today! You can search for hidden gold yourself during July and August each year by trying your luck at Gold Panning, with the help of friendly and enthusiastic guides. The Museum is unique in Scotland as it is the only former lead mine open to the public.

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 11:00 - 16:30

Tour times 11:25, 12:25, 13:55, 14:55



By Biggar,
Dumfries and Galloway,
ML12 6UT,

Phone number

01659 74387


Adult: £8.25

Child or concession: £6.25

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