Glengowla Mines offer a fun day out for all the family!
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 worldwide!
Glengowla is also working farm where you can visit the Connemara Ponies, meet 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!
Points of Interest:
- Unique underground tours
- Gold Panning
- Seismology station
- Farm Walks
- Sheep Dog herding (advanced booking required)
- Refreshments and Outdoor Seating Area
- Gift Shop
- Free Car Parking
Glengowla Mines, Oughterard, Co Galway
Tel: +353 (0)91 552021 / +353 (0)91 552360 or +353 (0)87 2529850
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm mid March till mid November
GPS coordinates: N 53.4181 W 9.3732
Please quote Connemara.net for a 10% discount when booking