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Tomintoul might be the highest village in the Scottish Highlands, but Wanlockhead, in the Lowlands, is the highest village in Scotland at 1531 feet above sea-level.

A small village, which now relies on sheep farming and tourism, was once, together with its nearby village of Leadhills, a major lead-mining centre with its own dedicated narrow-gauge railway which has recently been partly restored.

Not only was lead mined here, but also gold, and gold from Wanlockhead was used in the Scottish Crown Jewels.

Indeed, the small streams and rivers that run from here do contain gold and some hardy souls occasionally "pan" for gold in those waters with some success.

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