A revised plan to restart work at a former goldmine in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park has been backed by national park bosses - with one of the conditions being that walkers retain access to nearby Munros.
The Cononish mine near Tyndrum will be allowed to operate for ten years, with the authority deciding that the short-term impact on Glen Cononish will be offset by the long-term improvement in the landscape, including reforestation work and a 30-year conservation scheme.
While Scotgold Resources will be looking to extract 21,000 ounces of gold and 83,000 ounces of silver from the underground works, those heading to the area in walking boots
may be delighted to learn the eastern access routes to Ben Lui, Beinn Dubhcraig and Ben Oss will stay open.
Of this trio, Ben Lui is the loftiest at 3,707 ft and is the third highest in the national park after Ben More (3,852 ft) and Stob Binnein (3,822 ft).