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Glengowla Mines

Glengowla, Oughterard, Ireland
+353 87 252 9850
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Great place to spend a damp morning

A wet misty morning drove us in from the scenery to the underground of the mines! what a blessing... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2017
Sligo, Ireland
Great time at the mines.

Great trip into another world! Do it! Lovely. Not weather dependent. We got the sheep dog demo... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2017
Gregory M
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Buried beneath the Connemara Mountain lies a way of life long abandoned and almost forgotten just waiting for you to explore! Let the team at Glengowla Mines lead you on a journey of discovery of how lead and silver were mined from the roots of the Connemara Mountains in the 1800’s. The constant dripping of water, the ‘miners breath’ and if you are brave enough - a moment of darkness will set the scene! Delve into the depths of Glengowla mines where you can explore the caverns of marble studded with lead and silver. Follow the veins of copper pyrite which will lead you to the ‘miners gold’ - Galena. Marvel at the rare and beautiful crystals of quartz and fluorite. Learn of the working conditions the miners worked under before the mines closed in 1865. A firm favourite with adults and children alike is to pan for gold and gems at our gold panning station and keep any gems you find! Not only will you enjoy guided tours of the mines, Glengowla is also home to a seismograph which is part of Ireland’s National Seismic Network. See how the seismograph works and how the impact of earthquakes can shake the earth world wide! Glengowla is also working farm where you can visit the Connemara Ponies, meet the Bob the sheep dog, pet the lambs and for advanced group bookings sheep dog herding demonstrations and turf cutting demonstrations are available. Also take the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the farm along the old Connemara railway line and discover some of the local flora and fauna. Make a day of it and bring your own picnic! Also available on site: Gift Shop, Refreshments and Outdoor Seating Area, Museum & Free Car Parking.Please Note the mine is now closed for the Winter but if you like to pre book we can run a tour for your group. Mine reopens daily next March.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Glengowla, Oughterard, Ireland
+353 87 252 9850

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

A wet misty morning drove us in from the scenery to the underground of the mines! what a blessing that was. The guide John was excellent and very thought provoking we felt from his passion he was one of the promoters family rather than an...More

Thank Roomargotme
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Great trip into another world! Do it! Lovely. Not weather dependent. We got the sheep dog demo too. It was great. Bill the dog was the star!

Thank Gregory M
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

We've returned to the mine for our second visit! Down below it's a compelling and extremely informative tour of the mine. Up above we saw Bill the sheep dog work the flocks. The kids had a blast seeing the art of herding. Sifting or panning...More

Thank Maya M
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Traveling around the area with a teenager who doesn't appreciate beautiful views this was a welcome stop. Our guide was informative and knowledgable. We wasn't really prepared for the walk down the mine with no coats and the wrong footwear as the mine was cold...More

Thank Rebecca V
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

I brought an easily bored 9 and 5 year old and they had a brilliant time. The guided tour was delivered by local woman Jessica Lee. She gave us a wonderful sense of the historical significance of the Mine to the region. In particular the...More

Thank niceguy12
Reviewed 8 August 2017

A very interesting and unusual tour. We brought our 14 year old daughter and her friend on their Sunday away from the Gaeltacht. We were given a family ticket which generously reduced the price to €27. Hard to imagine the hardship of the miners in...More

Thank HappymummyKildare
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Got to go 140 feet underground in the mine with a knowledgeable guide, tour the Wild West-style set for the TV series An Klondike, and see a herding demonstration. Very much worth a visit.

Thank Riley C
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed a very informative visit to glengowla mines. Keith the owner is very welcoming and is passionate about his family business. It's amazing to think there is so much history under our feet. Our tour guide Jessica was so pleasant and full of knowledge about...More

Thank Conrad K
Reviewed 15 July 2017

This attraction is about 90 minutes from me, so travelled prepared with a picnic! We had 2 children and 3 adults and booked the sheep trial in advance. They provide covered areas for picnics, so the very changeable weather wasnt an issue! Overall the tour...More

Thank Fionamwalsh
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Visited on spec with children aged 6-16. Very interesting tour, guide very friendly and knowledgeable. Suitable for all ages. Kids (big and small!) enjoyed panning for gold at the end

Thank Aileen G
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Theresa R
9 October 2017|
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Response from Fionamwalsh | Reviewed this property |
It did seem quite remote, but if there is a way, I'm sure the owner will let you know. Give them a rin.
Matthew G
28 June 2017|
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Response from andreeg842 | Reviewed this property |
really sorry I don't know. as it's quite steep a child would have to be good on their feet. I wouldn't take a young child down If you had to carry it. Too awkward. Sorry can't be more help.