Lochaline Quartz Sand Ltd. 

Lochaline Quartz Sand Ltd.

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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."

29 March 2018

Morvern Games and Gala Week

LQS is proud to sponsor the Morvern Games and Gala Week which will take place between 14 and 22 July this year. As part of this week, the mine will open its gates for the public on the Monday 16th of July at 4pm. A short underground visit on foot will be included. This is a free event, but we can only take a maximum of 15 visitors, so BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL (by phone 01967 421324 or (preferred) e-mail [email protected]).

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please only book if you are certain you can make the date. And please don't book if you've already been on one of these trips in recent years.

All visitors need to be reasonably fit as the road into the mine is fairly steep. Before entering the mine, there will be a short safety talk, and a risk assessment will need to be signed by all visitors.

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.

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30 November 2017


Calendars for sale!

Very limited edition. £10 per calendar. All proceeds will go to the Morvern Heritage Society. If interested, please contact Veronique or Jennifer in the mine office (tel. 01967 421324)

21 September 2017

The first European Minerals Day at Lochaline Mine was a great success. (With fabulous weather!)

Here are some pictures of the event.

Article in the Oban Times about the event.

NEW!

Lochaline Quartz Sand Ltd. is proud to take part in the European Minerals Day (EMD) on the 21st of September 2017. It is the first time that LQS will be making a contribution to EMD and we are delighted that it coincides with our 5 year anniversary. For more information, please have a look here.

17th of July 2017

During the Morvern Games and Gala Week some members of the public were given a tour of the plant and a short underground trip. With many thanks to Miles Welsh for this brilliant picture (it is a real challenge to photograph underground).

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

12 December 2016

Some pictures from the Christmas Mine Tour that took place on Friday the 9th of December. Many thanks to Rhonda Newsham and Emily Rosier for the pictures.

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.

10 November 2016

Christmas Special: Mine tour - Friday 9th of December 4.30pm

By popular demand, LQS will open its doors for the public once again as a Christmas Special. The tour will include a short underground visit on foot and a visit to the plant. Maximum 15 people, so booking is essential (by e-mail [email protected]-ind.it  (preferred) or phone 01967 421324). We will use a first come, first served system, so the quicker you book, the better.
All visitors need to be reasonably fit as the road into the mine is fairly steep. Before entering the mine a risk assessment will need to be signed by all visitors. Minimum age for this tour: 10. All under 16s will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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.

Mine tour 18 July 2016

During the Morvern Games and Gala Week 15 Members of the public were given a tour of the plant and a short trip underground. Here are a couple of pictures of the event.

With many thanks to Alasdair Kelly for these pictures.

Mine tour - Monday 18th of July 5pm

Especially for the Morvern Games and Gala Week 2016 LQS will open its doors for the public for a one off event, which will include a short underground visit on foot. Maximum 15 people, so booking is essential (by phone 01967 421324 or e-mail [email protected]).
All visitors need to be reasonably fit as the road into the mine is fairly steep. Before entering the mine a risk assessment will need to be signed by all visitors. Minimum age for this tour: 10. All under 16s will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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