Burnside Cottages 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.

The two whitewashed, single storey cottages are an Historic Scotland Category C(S) listed building, HB Number 17189.

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.

Featured in : Your Country’s Best : 12 Sep 10

Sold 1 Greeting Card : 6th Dec 12

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


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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent capture Tom.

  • Thank you kindly Don my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely Tom
    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Cheers Bob …

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  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent shot Tom. Lovely scene.

  • Thank you kindly Gary my friend …

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  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent picture Tom, as usual. And great narrative.

  • Thank you David my friend …

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  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownalmost 4 years ago

    Been a while since I’ve been there Tom, even did a bit of Gold panning too. Quality lens & processing work :o)

  • Thank you Robin, always appreciated my friend …

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  • naturelover
    natureloveralmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • Thank you so much Pauline …

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

    beautiful scenery dear Tom.x

  • Thank you kindly dear Catherine …

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  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture Tom with lovely colours and effects.

  • Thank you so much Lynne my friend …

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  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsalmost 4 years ago

    wonderful tom

  • Thank you kindly Steve and Lesley, always appreciated …

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