Wanlockhead is the Highest Village in Scotland 1531 feet (461m) above sea level.
There are two villages over 450 meters up the hills of the Southern Uplands of Scotland at a distance 2 miles apart and the reason for where they are situated can be explained by the rich variety of minerals to be found in the area of Wanlockhead and Leadhills which became known as
"God's Treasure House in Scotland". The area has produced some of the world's purest gold
(22.8 carats) which was used in to make the Honours of Scotland (Scottish Crown Jewels) circa 1540.
There are many interesting things to see in Wanlockhead including a tour of a lead mine
(entry fee not included).
Tour is 8 hrs travel time 1hr 30 mins each way.
John Taylor The world’s longest lived man at 133 his grave is inscribed that he was
137 years old when he died.
John Taylor was born in Alston in Cumbria in 1637. Lived and worked as a miner in Scotland till retirement in 1752 at 114 years young. Died 1770 in Leadhills.