Washing on the line by Tom Gomez

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


Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix Pro 3.2.9.

Sold 1 Greeting Card : 6th Dec 12

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

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  • Nel73
    Nel73almost 5 years ago

    Great pic:-)

  • Thank you kindly Nel …

    – Tom Gomez

  • gibbandy
    gibbandyalmost 5 years ago

    what a great view Tom, really nice location

  • Cheers Andy …

    – Tom Gomez

  • klikker
    klikkeralmost 5 years ago

    Great shot. Magnifying glass out to see the washing lol. Was hoping to see some nice feminine undies but am disappointed lol.

  • Hehe, better luck next time mate …

    – Tom Gomez

  • klikker
    klikkeralmost 5 years ago


  • shadyuk
    shadyukalmost 5 years ago

    Great Shot Tom Hugs !

  • Thank you so much dear Dorothy …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Aj Finan
    Aj Finanalmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous colours and wonderful Landscape Tom, well done from Aj :)

  • Thank you Aj, glad you like it …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Chris Bird
    Chris Birdalmost 5 years ago

    A beautiful sky that draws you into a wonderful picture.

  • Thank you Chris, much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful, Tom. The light on those hills is lovely. Great shot. Agnes xx

  • Thank you so much Agnes …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Kathleen Struckle
    Kathleen Strucklealmost 5 years ago


  • Thank you kindly Kathleen …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAalmost 5 years ago

    A fabulous rural storybook scene with wonderful scattered lighting, Tom!!

  • Thank you Phil, much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

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