Leadhills is situated on the B797, south-west of Abington, South Lanarkshire; about 7 miles (11.5Km) from the M74 (J13). Leadhills can also be reached from the M74 (J14) Crawford and Elvanfoot, by the B7040 and from the south by the B797 from Mennock which is on the A76, Dumfries to Kilmarnock road; the latter route passing through the spectacular Mennock Pass and the village of Wanlockhead.
Roads into Leadhills are winding and undulating and surrounded by imposing hills. They are also inclined to get exciting after dark as there is no street lighting between villages. Winter conditions can be challenging with some sections becoming impassable as a result of heavy snow; especially to the south of Leadhills, over the Dumfries and Galloway border; where gritting is rather inconsistent.
Sheep are a constant challenge to the road user as they can rarely be hurried and are inclined to make unexpected changes of direction. The lambing season is particularly difficult in this regard as lambs are harder to see and are far less predictable than their parents; it’s very much a case of slow down or “mow down”.
Despite the actual trials and potential pitfalls of roads in the Lowther hills, driving to Leadhills is a delight whether in the bleakest depths of winter or the hight of summer. Taking time allows a full appreciation of the scenery and assures constant contact with the road; and arrival in one piece and in good spirits.