I'm rather fond of the scarred countryside around the villages of Wanlockhead and Leadhills. The last mine in the area closed in 1951. Now there is a brilliant museum in Wanlockhead, Hidden Treasures, the Museum of Lead Mining. The Southern Upland Way runs through the village.
Right, having had my lesson too, I've bought the equipment, got my license, purchased my anti-midge spray, and I'm off to find my fortune.
Wanlockhead is certainly a great day out. Leadhills is interesting too. More about that visit to follow.
Photos © Skip Cottage