Lochaline Quartz Sand Ltd. 

Lochaline Quartz Sand Ltd.

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12 November 2018


Lochaline Quartz Sand Ltd. is delighted to be so prominently featured (front cover!) in Coastal Shipping's latest publication Coastal Shipping INTERNATIONAL 2019, a book that looks at various aspects of coastal shipping around the world. If you want a copy, it is a limited edition, so order quickly through this link.


8 November 2018

The mine will be doing a public tour on the 30th of November 4pm. Cost per person is £5. Anyone who would like to go on this tour will need to contact Veronique on [email protected] Booking is essential. LQS will use a first come first served system  (maximum of 15 people). All bookings will need to include the name of the person going on the tour and a mobile number. Places will be confirmed by return e-mail. Anyone who would like to do this tour will need to be 16 or over and reasonably fit as the road to the mine entrance is quite steep. All visitors will need to wear sturdy shoes (preferably water resistant), bring a torch, wear high viz jacket or vest, and bring a hard hat. If visitors don't have a hard hat or high viz clothing, they will need to let Veronique know at the time of booking.

23 October 2018

John Sibson, who was the mine manager in the early seventies, has sent us loads of wonderful photos from a time when a lot of changes happened at Lochaline Mine. Here is a selection of his pictures.

19 October 2018

We are delighted with the success of our local Gaelic choir Bùrach at the National Mod in Dunoon, where they won the Sheriff MacMaster Trophy yesterday. Two of our employees sing in the choir, and the choir is conducted by Riona Whyte, a granddaughter of Jim MacGregor, one of the first miners who came from Ballachulish to work in Lochaline in 1940.


18 October 2018


Lochaline Mine first opened nearly 80 years ago and has had a huge influence on the village of Lochaline over the years. From time to time we receive memories and articles, like this one. We love receiving material like this, so please keep on sending us these!



21 August 2018


Not a plack the richer - Argyll's Mining Story

- by Marian Pallister


If you can, please pick up a copy of Marian Pallister's book 'Not a plack the richer', a very informative book about mining in Argyll throughout the years. There is lots of information about Lochaline in it. And we are delighted to have been able to support Marian in her research.




29 May 2018

Our company got a lovely e-mail from a gentleman with this article. He wrote in his e-mail:
"My Dad worked all his life for Colgate Palmolive as the Regional manager for Scotland. The companies UK plant was based at Salford in Manchester (now the BBCs HQ) and used your Silica to make several products. He wrote an article for the house magazine in late 1959. The use of the word "LockAleen" was because the man with him (called LP) was a director from the huge American parent company. The sand was moved by Scottish puffers to Manchester via the famous Manchester ship canal all the way to Salford. In fact your silica was the only reason that the canal has survived to this day, as it was it was the last commercial use of it, even in the sixties."

26 February 2018

We are investigating the possibility of a mine museum in Lochaline. LQS will not be owning or running the museum, but we have initiated this project. A steering group has been set up. For more information, have a look at the designated Facebook page.

25 January 2018

For those of you who want to have a look at our mine, but don't want to travel all the way to the West Highlands of Scotland, please check out this video, which was filmed last summer. Not only does it show how a boat gets loaded from our designated pier, it also shows that our mine is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Scotland. 

22 January 2018

After a major broadband blackout we are now back online!

LQS was without internet for most of last week. Apologies to everyone who tried to contact us via internet. There might be delays in getting back to everyone but we will try to be as quick as we can.


Due to a damaged mast on Mull there was no broadband in the whole of the Morvern peninsula from Tuesday morning until Saturday afternoon. For many days this mast was inaccessible to BT engineers due to bad weather. Eventually an helicopter was needed to bring in the rigging team to repair the fault.

21 September 2017

Lochaline Quartz Sand Ltd. was proud to have taken part in the European Minerals Day (EMD) on the 21st of September2017. It was the first time that LQS has made contribution to EMD and we were delighted that it coincided with our 5th anniversary. It was a great success  (with fabulous weather). Here are some pictures of the event.

Article in the Oban Times about the event.

22 June 2017

Three employees of LQS went on a study trip to Tara Mines in Navan, co. Meath in Ireland.


29 May 2017: a little video about the latest investments.

23 May 2017

Article in today's Press & Journal

23 November 2016

We are very grateful to the department of Natural Sciences of the National Museums in Scotland (Edinburgh) who very kindly e-mailed us this picture of a fossil that was found in the late forties in Lochaline Mine. This fossil of a species of the starfish genus Calliderma was sold to the museum in 1955.

August 2016 - Plant improvements

Manager Diego Zurolo and project manager Daniele Trogolo Got proudly pose in front of our new spirals, which were installed earlier this year. The natural iron content of Lochaline Silica Sand is low, but these spirals (which just use water and gravity) make the iron content even lower.


Picture by Lilia Dobrokhodova.

Tuesday 31 May 2016 the Board of Directors had a meeting on site and a BBQ with the whole team afterwards.