Western Gold Exploration

About the Dalradian Belt

Throughout history, Gold has been discovered across Ireland and Scotland, with the most significant finds at Curraghinalt and Cavanacaw in Northern Ireland and Cononish in Scotland. All these deposits lie within the Dalradian Supergroup.

The Dalradian Supergroup is considered to be a highly prospective mineralised deposit area with 3 main types across Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland

  • Orogenic vein hosted: Gold Mineralisation
  • Porphyry Skarn: Copper and Gold
  • Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide: Polymetallic, Copper, Lead, Zinc & Gold

Our current exploration is focussed primarily on terrain composed of Dalradian rocks located in Argyll, in the South-West Highlands.

There has been periodic mining activity (lead, copper and gold) throughout Argyll, since the late 1790’s. Early mining ventures were hindered by a combination of difficult to access terrain with associated high transport costs, and extreme weather and climactic/working conditions, which made the location physically and economically unviable. Cheaper imports undermined the value of what they could extract, leading to the mines being mothballed.

Later generations returned to these early sites, in search of new metals that had been subsequently identified as useful, which they aimed to find in the spoil heaps. However, the remains of adits and shafts have since been reclaimed by nature and the lead and copper mines that proliferated are generally unidentifiable.

The Stronchullin Mine, where we are currently focussing our activity, was last in use in the early 1900’s. At this point the gold potential had been identified and widely publicised, but for unknown reasons, those in a position to fund it lost interest and the mine was subsequently abandoned.  

Since then, there has been a British Geological Surveys https://www.bgs.ac.uk/, recommending further analysis and exploration in the region.

Dalradian Belt - South West Grampian Highlands