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Tuesday, 3 October, 2000, 12:11 GMT 13:11 UK
Hammer falls on the Anvil
Climbing on An Teallach
An Teallach is popular with climbers
One of Scotland's most outstanding mountains, An Teallach in Wester Ross, has been sold to a private buyer.

The 3,400ft mountain, known as the Anvil, forms part of the Eilean Darach Estate which was on the market for over 1.7m.

Conservation group the John Muir Trust, which had expressed an interest in buying the mountain in a separate lot, said it was disappointed by the news.

The buyer's identity has not been made public.

The trust recently acquired Ben Nevis and has expressed grave concern about the number of such famous landmarks being put on the open market.

Ben Nevis
The John Muir Trust has bought Ben Nevis
Most of An Teallach lies within the boundaries of the 5,800-acre Eilean Darach estate, which contains about six miles of the River Gruinard.

The Gruinard is considered to be one of the best salmon and sea trout rivers in the West Highlands.

Eilean Darach used to include Gruinard, the notorious anthrax island used for germ warfare experiments during WWII.

The island was cleaned up and returned to the estate in the late 1980s, but was sold to a mystery buyer in the early 1990s.

Inverness-based international mountaineer Clive Rowland said An Teallach was a "classic" and very popular with hillwalkers and climbers.

The estate has been in the same family since 1926 but is now run by a trust.

John Muir Trust spokesman Nigel Hawkins said the sale had come at a bad time while it was still trying to raise the purchase price for Ben Nevis.

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