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Cottages at the end of a lane in Wanlockhead, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

High in the Lowther Hills to the west of the M74, Wanlockhead is 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)
Exif data from the JPG
F-stop f/5.6
Exp. time 1/125 sec (not even remotely accurate considering this is an HDR image)
ISO 200
Focal length 51 mm


Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix.

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

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  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 5 years ago

    What a beautiful scene and outstanding capture!!

  • Thank you so much Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • TFFDavid
    TFFDavidover 5 years ago

    This is up there with your very best photographs Tom, what a stunning image of a beautiful place.

  • Thanks for the great comment David, much appreciated mate …

    – Tom Gomez

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 5 years ago

    superb! love the colour and light in the surrounding fields too..gorgeous capture

  • Thank you so much Maggie and for the fave …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Tara  Turner
    Tara Turnerover 5 years ago

    beautiful image!

  • Thank you so much Tara and for the fave, much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • anaisnais
    anaisnaisover 5 years ago

    What a lovely picture Tom!

  • Thank you so much Amma-Marie …

    – Tom Gomez

  • JamieGreen
    JamieGreenover 5 years ago

    This is lovely Tom.It’s a great area and one I’ve driven around a few times.Great capture.

  • Cheers Jamie, very much appreciated mate …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 5 years ago

    A fine shot Tom lovely comp indeed

  • Thank you so much Tina …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkover 5 years ago

    outstanding composition, colours, landscape………………………oh by the way

    what a fantastic image Tom

  • Cheers Chris, thanks for the great commeny.
    I took Sylvia down to our friends in Coalburn, Lanarkshire last Wednesday and they took us out to Wanlockhead for the day. It is a great little village, I got some great shots using my new monopod.

    – Tom Gomez

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    beautiful image

  • Thank you so much Kathy …

    – Tom Gomez

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    A beautifully charming scene!!

  • Thank you so much Lorilee …

    – Tom Gomez

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