Businesses and communities asked how rural land can be managed to benefit all
A comprehensive consultation on how Crown Estate Scotland rural land and property is managed has been launched
We grant leases to commercial mineral operators to exploit minerals found on our four rural estates (operators require to obtain planning approval for their activity). We aim to balance generating an income from these assets with making sure they are managed responsibly.
In addition, we manage the rights to naturally occurring gold and silver (known as Mines Royal) across most of Scotland. In a few specific areas these rights have been granted away (see map).
We encourage proposals for commercial exploration and development, providing they meet statutory requirements and high environmental standards.
Commercial development requires a lease of the Mines Royal as well as access to land. So if we do not hold the land in question, we do not have the power to grant access, this lies with the landowner. If you would like to find out more please see the application process or map of current options and leases.
Responsible commercial applicants can secure a lease option which can be exercised if a viable deposit of gold or silver is found and planning permission is obtained to mine it. This option gives the exploration company reassurance that mining the deposit can proceed if all the other legal and financial criteria are met.