The British Goldpanning Association (BGA) and the communities of Moffat and district, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, are delighted to have been selected to host the 2017 World Championships. The responsibility for organising the championships has been delegated to a registered charity called Moffat Gold 2017 SCIO which is run by BGA members.
The beautiful town of Moffat is located in the Southern Upland hills in southwest Scotland, and is a wonderful place for both individuals and families to visit and participate in the 2017 World Championships.
This is the first opportunity that Moffat has had to host the World Championships. However, some of you may remember that it was in 1992 the UK last hosted the World Goldpanning Championships. On that occasion they were held in the villages of Leadhills and Wanlockhead, which are approximately 20 miles to the west of Moffat, and to this day, they are fondly talked about in world gold panning circles. Wanlockhead is still host to the annual British Championships.
For the 2017 World Championships, the BGA has selected Moffat as the host town, as it is still near to Leadhills and Wanlockhead. Moffat is primarily a tourist town surrounded by hills and wonderful scenery and is therefore accustomed to welcoming many visitors from home and abroad throughout the year. The town offers a wide range of shops, cafes, restaurants, and accommodation. It is an excellent place to stay or if you wish to extend your stay, as a base to explore the local region or the rest of Scotland. You can be assured that a warm welcome awaits you wherever you go.
Whether you are interested in competing, spectating, learning about goldpanning or joining in the festival atmosphere of the social and networking events that will align to the competition programme, there will be something for everyone.
We look forward to welcoming you to Moffat in August 2017 for what we are sure will be a first-class World Championships during Visit Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.
Ceud Mìle Fàilte (a hundred thousand welcomes)
Malcolm Thomas Bob Opray
President BGA Chair
Trustee of Moffat Gold 2017 SCIO Moffat & District Community Council