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Plan B for Highland gold mine?

Posted 19 August 2010
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Plan B for Highland gold mine?
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The company with plans to reopen an old gold mine in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park has identified a possible new site further north.

Scotgold Resources has revealed a survey near Beinn Udlaidh near the River Orchy has indicated significant veins of gold and silver exist in the vicinity.

Chief executive Chris Sangster remarked: "The results continue to highlight the potential of the Beinn Udlaidh area to host high-grade, narrow-vein gold and silver deposits."

There may be concerns that those who like to take a climbing rope up the 2,755 ft Corbett, or go walking up its slopes to add it to their tick list, could find some access restricted if a mine is established.

Unlike the recently rebuffed Cononish proposal, Glen Orchy is outside national park boundaries and will not face the same planning hurdles.

In recommending rejection of the Cononish plan earlier this month, director of planning and rural development at the national park authority Gordon Watson noted the possible access issues for visitors planning to climb the Munro Ben Lui.

Posted by Brandon Egley