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    Leadhills is a small village in a high valley in the Lowther Hills and has a strong mining legacy.

    Although it is believed that the Romans were the first to mine the mineral deposits in the area, Leadhills likely did not exist until the 16th century. Gold from Leadhills was of national importance and was used to form the Regalia of Scotland, which is on public display at Edinburgh Castle.

    Leadhills and Wanlockhead Steam Railway is the home of Britain's highest adhesion railway. It climbs to 1,498 ft above sea level and visitors can ride on the 2 ft gauge tourist railway. There is also a museum and a shop. Leadhills golf course, meanwhile, is Britain’s highest golf course at 1,394 ft above sea level.

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