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Church Street in Wanlockhead village. The Miner’s Church is further down the street.

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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    BLYTHARTover 5 years ago

    I have ordered a rubber stamp that prints THIS IS A LOVELY PHOTO TOM because they always are :)

  • Cheers Dave, that is a wonderful comment, I thank you …

    – Tom Gomez

  • shadyuk
    shadyukover 5 years ago

    Great shot Cheers !

  • Thank you so much Dorothy …

    – Tom Gomez

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 5 years ago

    This look so quaint and pretty, lovely capture Tom

  • Thank you Trudi, much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 5 years ago

    What a lovely village! Great capture!

  • It is a great place, you would love it …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiover 5 years ago

    Cute little village,there must be lots of photographic subjects araound

  • There certainly is Hans, it is a very touristy little village …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much dear Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • madvlad
    madvladover 5 years ago

    you!!should be shot for showing this beauty-now all the dam southeners will come north , an pooo lut the place-scotty—nice photo—now get against the wall

  • So true, but we don’t mind as they always bring lots off money with them. Parting an Englishman from his cash is a relitively simple matter – hehehe

    – Tom Gomez

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 5 years ago

    lovely done

  • Thank you Antanas …

    – Tom Gomez

  • pensivepixie
    pensivepixieover 5 years ago

    i love the colours in you work

  • Thank you so much, I love colour so it is rare for me to do mono images …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 5 years ago

    Have those houses sunk into the ground on the left haha, ?
    Quaint village ,.

  • Thanks Irene. They are built on the side of a hill, so you have to go round to the other side to gain access …

    – Tom Gomez

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