The edge of town 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)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS
ISO: 200


Shot composed of 3 HDR images individually Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 3.2.9 then stitched together in Photoshop Elements 8. Each HDR image is made up of 3 bracketed JPGs, so there are 9 images in total making up the shot.

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

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  • WatscapePhoto
    WatscapePhotoover 4 years ago

    Great shot of the village Tom. Did you visit the mine?

  • Cheers Steven. I did not have time to visit the mine, maybe next time …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansover 4 years ago

    Beautiful image Tom :-D

  • Thank you kindly Lyn …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Ian Coyle
    Ian Coyleover 4 years ago

    Nice capture Tom you can almost hear the Banjo’s LOL

  • Hehe, cheers mate …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Aj Finan
    Aj Finanover 4 years ago

    Lovely shot, i do wish they would put the wires somewhere else though. Dont you find them a pain when doing landscapes ???

  • Thank you Aj, I did think of cloning them out, but it seemed like a lot of work and I’m way too idle – hehehe

    – Tom Gomez

  • John44
    John44over 4 years ago


    This is real postcard quality work! I like the POV, colours & sharpness!
    What a!

  • Thank you so much John my friend, it is a wonderful little town …

    – Tom Gomez

  • klikker
    klikkerover 4 years ago

    Lovely quality shot Tom.

  • Cheers Nick, it is a great place …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Aj Finan
    Aj Finanover 4 years ago

    I think here Tom you get away with it, there not detracting from the image so i would have left them too :)

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTover 4 years ago

    Great capture Tom

  • Thank you kindly Yani …

    – Tom Gomez

  • tricouni53
    tricouni53over 4 years ago

    Great capture and processing Tom. Nice work.

  • Cheers Ian …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

    a wonderful pano dear Tom.x

  • Thank you dear Catherine …

    – Tom Gomez

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