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Tyndrum, lead mines and associated remains

A Scheduled Monument in Trossachs and Teith, Stirling

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Latitude: 56.4364 / 56°26'11"N

Longitude: -4.7266 / 4°43'35"W

OS Eastings: 231989

OS Northings: 730468

OS Grid: NN319304

Mapcode National: GBR GCPP.ZPQ

Mapcode Global: WH2K0.CHH4

Entry Name: Tyndrum, lead mines and associated remains

Scheduled Date: 6 August 1993

Last Amended: 9 October 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5714

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: mines, quarries

Location: Killin

County: Stirling

Electoral Ward: Trossachs and Teith

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises the remains of lead mines and associated activities, located on a NE-facing hill-slope to the S of the Crianlarich-Oban railway. The monument was originally scheduled in 1993, but subsequent, specially commissioned, survey work has identified further remains near the summit of the hill and allows for better definition of the scheduled area. Hence this rescheduling.

The mines were worked from at least the later eighteenth century onwards, but fluctuations in the demand for lead forced several periods of closure and eventually the abandonment of the site in the early twentieth century. The main focus of mining activity lay near the top of the hill-slope, where large numbers of shafts and adits were cut into the ore-bearing seam running down the slope. Some individual shafts still survive, but many have collapsed into each other, creating deep gullies.

Ore dressing areas, spoil heaps and the remains of at least two rectangular buildings also survive in this upper area. An inclined plane links the mines to the main ore-processing complex at the foot of the slope. The most obvious remains in this area date from the final phase of exploitation at the site, and comprise a processing plant and related structures such as reservoirs, offices, stables and workshops. A tub-way runs SE from the processing plant towards Tyndrum village.

The area to be scheduled is irregular in shape and measures a maximum of 830m SW-NE by 400m NW-SE, to include the remains described above and an area around and between them where related material may be expected to survive. This area is marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the remains of one of the largest lead mines in Scotland. It has the potential to provide important information on historic lead mining practices, and the industrial economy of Scotland from the eighteenth century onwards.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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