Scottish shale Scottish shale

Hopetoun No.3 mine

Kirkliston, Linlithgowshire and Midlothian
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Broxburn Shale
Current status of site:
Derelict ground set within farmland
Regional overview:


Inclined adit

Serving Hopetoun Oil Works

Inclined mine working Broxburn Shales in the western arm of the Broxburn syncline. Also referred to as Niddry Mine.

A small opencast oil shale quarry operated at Niddry Farm Quarry; producing 2,464 tons of shale in 1945 and 3,743 in 1946.

Shale-field: Broxburn area.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1896, showing the bing and rough ground of the mine site (centre right) and course of tramway heading north west towards Hopetoun Oil Works.

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  • External references
    • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 9595, showing workings in the Broxburn shale from Hopetoun (Niddry) No. 3 Mine, abandoned in 1884.