High in the Lowther Hills to the west of the M74 in Dumfries and Galloway, is Wanlockhead, Scotland’s highest village at 467m (1531 ft). It owes its existence to the lead, gold and other minerals found under the surrounding countryside.

These mineral deposits were probably first exploited by the Romans and from the 1200s they were being worked again by groups of miners who gathered here each summer. The first permanent settlement appeared in about 1680, when the Duke of Buccleuch built a lead smelting plant and workers’ cottages that could be occupied all year round.

Although lead was for many centuries the mainstay of the village’s economy, it was not the only mineral found here. What became known as “God’s Treasure House” also produced zinc, copper, silver and gold. Some of the world’s purest gold, at 22.8 carats, was found locally and used in the Regalia of the Scottish Crown.

Today’s Wanlockhead depends primarily on tourism. The Southern Upland Way long distance footpath passes through the village, but the main attraction for the motoring tourist revolves around the village’s industrial past.

Information from Undiscovered Scotland.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)


Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix.

Related shots can be found at: Wanlockhead and Lowland Scotland.

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  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago

    fantastic image

  • Thank you Scott …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredabout 5 years ago

    Awesome work Tom

  • Thank you so much Gina …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Andrew Ness -
    Andrew Ness - ...about 5 years ago

    Nice clear HDR……

  • Thanks Andy, I have been trying out my new monopod …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful work, Tom. Everything is so green!

  • Not surprising with the amount of rain we get here in Scotland Barbara, it is a green and pleasant land – hehehe.

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 5 years ago

    gorgeous view and outstanding capture and colors!

  • Thank you so much dear Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 5 years ago

    Another fine view of the village Tom, was the wee pub open?

  • I can not remember Robin, we did not go in, but I should have thought about getting a shot (it is the highest pub in Scotland).

    Thank for the great comment mate …

    – Tom Gomez

  • janfoster
    janfosterabout 5 years ago

    wonderful image Scott : )

  • Thank you so much Jan …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 5 years ago

    this is so well edited Tom, and a lovely little villiage a fave for me and love the narrative too.x

  • Thank you Catherine, much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Veikko  Suikkanen
    Veikko Suikkanenabout 5 years ago

    Really beautiful scene Tom!

  • Thank you so much Veikko …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 5 years ago

    Lovely rural scene Tom

  • Thank you Tina …

    – Tom Gomez

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