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North Cobbinshaw mine

Location 55.816670, -3.578414, show in map
Shale-field Cobbinshaw
Dates opened and closed Opened c.1870, abandoned c.1873
Owner Mungle & Thornton
Type of working Inclined adit
Seams worked Fells shale
Oil works served Cobbinshaw North Paraffin Oil Works
Current status of site Waste bing survives as a clearing in the conifer forest. Mineral railway now a forest path.


A short-lived attempt to mine Fells Shale at an isolated site on the hillside above Cobbinshaw Loch. It appears that shale was transported from the mine to the Cobbinshaw North Paraffin Oil Works, about a mile distant, by a steeply-graded standard gauge mineral railway.

No record has been found of further shale mining in the area following closure of the Cobbinshaw North Paraffin Oil Works.

North Cobbinshaw Lime works, established c.1880?, and associated mine to the Hurlet Limestone, was sited south of the Caledonian Railway main line (55.800791, -3.579239), 1,800m distant from the shale mine. The limestone mine closed in 1911 (abandonment plan No.5625).


Ordnance Survey maps reproduced by kind permission of the Trustees of the National Library of Scotland.

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