|Leadhills is part of the Hopetoun Estate and is in a conservation area. Following the closure of the last mines in the 1930's the prosperity of the village declined leading to dereliction of some of the properties.
However Leadhills presents a different picture now, the population is increasing, houses are being rebuilt and renovated resulting in many young families taking up residence here.|
There is an active village life and amenities which include a village shop, churches, toddlers group, the school, and the Hopetoun Arms Hotel which serves bar meals and take away food.
Leadhills which is one of 'Scotlands High Places' is ideally placed for touring. Glasgow, Edinburgh, the coast and Loch Lomond are little more than an hours drive away and the Galloway Peninsula is well worth exploring with its mountains, lochs and abundant wild life. Burns described the river Nith as "the most beautiful river in Scotland"
The Clyde Valley is a surprisingly lovely area, offering something to appeal to all the family.
|A small selection of old photographs of Leadhills from the early 1900's taken by W.H.Scott.|
|The Leadhills miners library is the oldest subscription library in Great Britain. It was founded in 1741 and is open to view between 2pm and 4pm Saturday and Sunday afternoons in summer. Appointments for groups to view at other times can also be made.|
A site giving more details of the miners, the mines they worked in and methods of mining
Gold panning takes place in all the burns around Leadhills and Wanlockhead. Buy a reprint of part of 'Gods Treasure House in Scotland' which is the history of all the old gold seekers. Sold on behalf of the Leadhills Miners Library
|The Leadmining Museum at Wanlockhead has a genuine lead mine to visit along with a large display of local minerals, shop, tearoom and goldpanning facilities. It is the ideal place to spend a day delving into the history of this unique area.|
|The Leadhills - Wanlockhead narrow gauge railway is the highest natural adhesion railway in the country. Running on the trackbed of the old Caledonian railway it is operated by a dedicated band of volunteers.|
|William Symington, the engineer who was the first man to power a vessel by steam was born at Leadhills in 1764. There is a monument to him in the village. Click on the picture for details of his life and inventions.|
|The wonderful local scenery has been painted by artists for generations and it is still being painted by them. Barbara Mole paints the local views, and its flora and fauna. Click on the picture for details about her and a selection of her work.|
|The area is known as 'Gods Treasure House in Scotland'. Over 70 different minerals can be found in the surrounding area. Some rare and only found around here. A geologists delight.|
|The Leadhills Flower Show is the oldest event still taking place in the village. A Cattle and Flower Show was being held in the 1850's! Today there are no cattle sections, these have been replaced with industrial ones - baking, jams, wines, etc., art and crafts. The quality and quantity of locally grown flowers and vegetables has to be seen to be believed and special cups are presented for exhibits grown at over 1200 feet above sea level ! Held on the last Saturday in August it is well worth a visit. Click on picture for details of classes and an entry form.
1872 Show Classes
|Leadhills Golf Course is the highest course in Britain. A 'must' for every golfing enthusiast!|
Why not enjoy a round in the clear fresh air of the Lowther Hills?