The Lead Mines, Tyndrum

Lead Mine Air Shaft

Lead Mine Air Shaft

Within the hills above the village of Tyndrum, there are the remains of lead mines that have been worked on and off for nearly six hundred years.

The earliest known record of mining in this area was in 1424. Mined for precious metals rather than lead, the mines supplied King James I with silver.

On 30 May 1730, Sir Robert Clifton signed a thirty-eight year lease with the Earl of Breadalbane to mine any metals that he could discover on the earl’s estate. In 1740, he discovered lead and established Tyndrum Mine the following year. Bad debts, however, led to his imprisonment in 1745, and he gave up his lease.

The Mine Adventurers of England (1746-1760) took over after Clifton’s failure. This met with the approval of the Earl of Breadalbane.

“I am sure it will be upon the whole more beneficial and much safer to do with known reputable company than with people who upon trial may be perhaps too late found unequal to the undertaking”
Earl of Breadalbane’s estate papers (1746)

Lead Mine Climb

Lead Mine Climb

Lead Mine Shaft

Lead Mine Shaft

 

 

Later in the 18th century, the Scots Mining Company (1768-1791) operated the mine and built a smelting works nearby to turn the mined lead ore, called galena, into metal.

Mining for lead, silver and gold continued at various times into the 20th century, but with limited success, however, gold mining continues in the area today.

 

Leadmine Trail Sculpture

Leadmine Trail Sculpture

 

 

Visiting the mines at Tyndrum

The exact location of Tyndrum mine is grid reference NN 317 302.

It is not safe to explore the remains of mine shafts and we recommend that you do not visit this area. Care should be taken if you do access this site. Note that the mine area can be safely viewed from the Green Welly Stop.

Leadmine Trail Sculptures

Leadmine Trail Sculptures

Leadmine Trail

Leadmine Trail