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Age of Industry

The Age of Industry explores the wealth of manufacturing and construction heritage across Scotland. From water power to wind power, discover the sites of an abandoned distillery and an island littered with slate quarries; learn the history of the construction of the Caledonian canal, and see the proud heritage of Lanarkshire's iron and steel manufacture. Discover aspects of Scotland's industrial heritage that have almost vanished from the landscape.

Wilsontown 18th century Ironworks – near Forth, South Lanarkshire

Lanarkshire’s proud heritage of iron and steel manufacture all began on a wild muir. From a chance finding of ironstone in the banks of a burn when on a shooting expedition an idea grew. This led to establishing the first Ironworks in Lanarkshire and the second in Scotland to use coke as fuel instead of charcoal.

Kennetpans Distillery - Clackmannan

By the water's edge on the North bank of the River Forth, lie the enigmatic ruins of the once mighty Kennetpans whisky distillery. Established around 1777 by John Stein, Kennetpans consumed locally produced grain and coal to produce distilled spirit, mostly for the London gin trade.