Plans to reopen an old gold mine in Scotland look set to be blocked as the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park board has received a recommendation to reject the plan.
The Cononish gold mine near Tyndrum lies at the foot of Ben Lui, one of the highest mountains in the park at 3,707 ft and this was one of the reasons the plan has been opposed by the authority's director of planning and rural development Gordon Watson.
He warned it could be bad news for those coming in walking gear
as it may harm recreational opportunities, as well as having a negative visual effect.
Mr Watson also questioned the economic viability of the mine and noted that the primary consideration of a national park authority is conservation.
Visitors to the area can enjoy climbing several Munros, with neighbours to Ben Lui including Ben Oss, Beinn a' Chleibh and Ben Lui.
The only higher peaks in the National park are Ben More and Stob Binnein, at 3,852 ft and 3,822 ft respectively.
Posted by Elaine Arthur