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“Quaint at first sight; steeped in incredible social history at second.”

The Leadhills & Wanlockhead Railway
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Leadhills
Type: Rail Tours, Tours
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 27 December 2017

So worth the trip - or deviation from the Southern Upland Way. Can also take in the Mining Museum, Europe's oldest library and an agricultural museum all within a mile or four. Several places to stay in the villages. So pleased I made the 'find'.

Thank JenNicholls
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Reviewed 23 September 2017

There is plenty to do whilst you wait for the train. You can visit the engine shed or look in the shop. The train itself has no windows so is open to the elements, so dress up warm on a cold day.

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Reviewed 30 August 2017

Tucked away in the Lowther Hills and easy to miss, this is a great little volunteer run railway. I was given a tour of the shed and signal box, where I had a go with the levers. While short, the journey was interesting with some lovely views. They have plans to extend the track further towards Wanlockhead - i'd love to come back when they've done so. The staff were friendy and inviting.

Thank MikeX4356
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

We watched with excitement as the little train pulled into the station at Leadhills. The friendly bunch of staff looked very happy to engage with and chat to the passengers and toot the horn of the loco for them. We opted to drive to the Lead Museum but could have caught the train the mile and quarter there instead. From the road there are a couple of good vantage points to view the heritage train trundle along to Wanlockhead.

Thank Swedishtomcat
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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Traveled here on a day trip. Have been to several railways around the country and wanted to see what Leadhills was like. Found a quaint little railway set in the hills of Lanarkshire which on our visit was blustery but fair. We were greeted by the volunteer staff who were very friendly and approachable. The train ride isn't very long but the story of the surrounding area is of interest. We could view the workshop and get hands on with the signal box
I understand that there are plans to extend the track which can only provide a better experience.
This may not be the biggest heritage railway you may find but it punches its weight in history and scenery. And yes the weather can play a part in your enjoyment but you are up a hill in Scotland!

Thank Douglas E
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David W, Front Office Manager at The Leadhills & Wanlockhead Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Thank you for your review, we have crossed over the border (county Boundary) last Thursday 17th and are now working to extend the track, into Dumfries and Galloway. The weather in July August has been very wet, for which we are extremely sorry.

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