Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park planners are due to decide on the future of the gold mine at Conoish near Tyndrum soon. Scotgold Resources have ordered specialist drilling equipment from Chile and South America to enable them to start exploratory work at the mine.
The site covers 2,200 square kilometres, very near the Ben Lui National Nature Reserve and regenerating forest areas. Some of the area still bears the scars from the previous work carried out by Fynegold Exploration who used to own the site but the new plans are likely to cover a much larger area. The current company, which is Australian owned, is expected to start drilling in the next couple of weeks. The Company says it hopes to create 60 jobs at the site and that there could be gold worth £70 million to be extracted.
When exact plans are known for the extent of the works a further update will be posted here – for the moment if you want to beat the gold rush, best get down to Tyndrum and start gold panning!