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West Highland Way may need new protection after platinum find

Posted 8 March 2012
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West Highland Way may need new protection after platinum find
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Special measures may be required to help protect the interests of those who want to go walking the length of the West Highland Way after platinum deposits were found near the route.

Scotgold, which was recently given permission by the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority to re-open the Cononish gold and silver mine, has now found traces of the extremely rare metal nearby.

The find at Sron Garbh on the lower slopes of Beinn Bheag near Tyndrum could lead to more mining if further drilling finds commercially viable quantities.

But the national park authority may impose conditions, restrictions and environmental and landscaping requirements on Scotgold if it wants to carry out mining work, just as it has done at Cononish.

The West Highland Way stretches 96 miles from Milngavie, just north of Glasgow, to Fort William.

Last year saw the route extended by a mile when the end of the route was moved from the Fort William Woollen Mill to Gordon Square in the town centre.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801312592-ADNFCR