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Gold Panning - A Wee Highland Coo Van Adventure

Updated: Mar 11, 2023

Yesterday we drove from Edinburgh to the Dumfries and Galloway town of Moffat in our steady stead - Heather. The area is famous for its Moffat Toffee, the Galloway Black Belted Cow and did you know Gold? We were off, brimming with anticipation and excitement to see if we too could strike gold.

Gold Fever in Moffat ©MDHarding

There's Gold in those Scottish Hills

The Scottish Gold Rush

The only Scottish Gold Rush took off in 1868 in Sutherland at Kildonan Burn. Today gold can also be found in Tyndrum and Wanlockhead. Why not try your hand and strike gold with a gold panning course at the Wanlockhead Lead Mining Museum?

World Gold Panning Championships - Moffat

This year there are 26 countries competing in the World Gold Panning Championships, including Slovakia, Canada, and Germany.

The competitors had to find up to 10 pieces of gold within the shortest time. Some find it in less than 3 minutes.

Gold Panning Supplies UK ©MDHarding

There is something for all the family, from children's face painting, stalls selling gold panning equipment, and even high-tech metal detectors to the essential tea & cakes. On until 12th August 2017.

Happy prospecting x

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