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Trips / Excursions

Moffat Gold 2017 SCIO is bringing the World Gold Panning Championships to Moffat in August 2017, and is delighted to be offering some historic, cultural and gold related trips before the event takes place. You can book your place on a trip (transport only) by clicking through one of the links below. Numbers are strictly limited so book your place now! If there are places left on the trips it may be possible to pay on the day.






Drumlanrig Castle and Wanlockhead Lead Mining Museum

Start your stay in the Moffat area in style by visiting Drumlanrig Castle and the Wanlockhead Lead Mining Museum.


Drumlanrig Castle is a fine example of 17th Century Renaissance Architecture. As you stand outside the castle you will be able to enjoy breathtaking views across the Nith Valley.


Inside the castle you will be able to marvel at its grand reception rooms, magnificent staircases, ornate period features and cosy parlours. Its rooms host stunning paintings, tapestries and internationally recognised pieces from the Buccleuch Art Collection.


Drumlanrig Castle has been the Dumfriesshire seat of the Douglas Family for many generations. Fascinating guided tours are available led by experts who will give you an insight into the the art, history and achitecture of this imposing building.


Entrance to the castle and its grounds are extras and are paid on the day. For more information please check out


The Museum of Lead Mining is a Visit Scotland 4 Star Visitor Attraction located in the beautiful village of Wanlockhead, which at 461m / 1531 feet above sea level is the highest village in Scotland.


The village lies in the Lowther Hills, just minutes away from the incredible Mennock Pass, which offers some of the most amazing scenery in Scotland and only 8 miles from the M74.


The official tour takes you to a real 18th century lead mine set deep in the hillside where visitors can experience the thrill of going underground. Wander along village paths to the miners’ cottages and see how the miners lived in the different periods of 1750, 1850 & 1910 before marvelling at the second oldest subscription Library in Europe, which has gained Recognition status as being a collection of National Significance. Then make you way into the Visitor Centre to discover an incredible display of rocks, minerals, gold, mining and local artefacts.


Its is possible to try your luck at gold panning at the musuem. Enthusiastic and knowledgable guides will help to make your visit a day to remember. The guided tour is extra and is paid on the day. For more information check out:



Saturday 5th August 2017 10am to 4pm - £10 per person

the coach will pick you up outside the Beechgrove Sports Centre in Moffat

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Annandale Distillery and Gretna Gateway outlet Village

Sunday 6th August 2017 10am to 4pm - £10 per person

the coach will pick you up outside the Beechgrove Sports Centre in Moffat

Enjoy a day out to the closest whisky distillery to Moffat followed by some retail therapy at the Gretna Gateway Outlet Village.


Annandale distillery is the first or last whisky distillery in Scotland and is situated in the borders area of Scotland only a few miles away from the M74 road network The distillery reawoke in 2014 after a break of 90 years and is now producing fine single malt Scotch whisky again in Dumfries and Galloway.


When Annandale Distillery first opened in 1830, Annan was one of the embarkation points for emigrant Scots leaving for pastures new.


The distillery offers a an interesting range of tours to cater for connoisseurs or those just looking out of curiosity. The tours are extra and are paid on the day. More information can be found at the following website:


Gretna Gateway Outlet Village can be found on the border between England and Scotland. There is a multitude of shops here to pick up souvenirs of your trip to Scotland. It has a Visit Scotland Tourist Information Centre on site (01461 335208) making it easy to find out about the many things to see and do in the local area and throughout Scotland. Romantic and historic Gretna and Gretna Green are known around the world for their weddings (up to 4,000 or more weddings per year, in a village with a population of less than 4,000!), which occur on a daily basis at various wedding venues including the registrar's office and The Old Blacksmith's Shop Visitor Centre. Gretna is the gateway to Dumfries and Galloway which is often referred to as Scotland's best-kept secret. The region offers an unsurpassed blend of fabulous scenery, glorious beaches, walks and cycling, and peaceful tranquility. Check out the following link:


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