The Lecht Mine

Route: An attractive short walk to the historic Lecht Mine building.
Distance: 1.5km (1 mile) return
Duration: Allow 30mins-1 hour
Start: Well of the Lecht car park (Nr Tomintoul): NJ 235 152

The path starts from the Well of the Lecht car park, where nearby a small quarried area from which the quartzite stone used to construct the mine buildings was removed. Follow the path across the burn and then alongside it to the site of the Lecht Mine. The crushing mill is the only building to survive. It was restored and reroofed in the 1980’s. To power the water wheel a stream a quarter mile up the valley was dammed and a mill lade constructed. Across the burn on the hillside are the foundations of some other buildings along with three quarry pits and extensive dumps. The dumps are piles of iron ore that were extracted and piled on the surface as the men dug deeper looking for the rich pockets of manganese ore.

History of the Lecht Mine

Location and map

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