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Review of Glengowla Mines

Glengowla Mines
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Oughterard
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed May 12, 2012 via mobile

Very interesting little mine. We love mines as we come from Laxey in the Isle of Man. We have a very large and historic mine so we like to see what others have.
We stayed at the cottage which was lovely and Mr and Mrs Geoghan were great hosts.
Very interesting and informative tour of something a bit more unusual in Ireland.
Will return.

Thank Eibhi
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

Having never been in a mine before, our guide made it all come alive. It was a challenging climb but nothing like the original miners had to make. Very interesting. The small museum was interesting and the gift shop very reasonable. Recommend stopping.

Thank Susan H
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

My wife and I encountered the mine on a day trip to Connamara, Co. Galway on the Galway City to Clifden road. The entrance is located about 3k on the west of Oughterard. It is well signposted and the entrance is very visible with several flags on high flagpoles. There is a lengthy drive in to the mines and the sense of isolation from the hustle and bustle increases. Marvellous! The visit costs €10 per Adult and was good value. The staff were friendly and helpful. The guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. It would not be a suitable visit at the moment for anyone with mobility difficulties. There is a lot of steps! I understand that they intend opening lower areas of the mine and will install a lift. It was a fascinating trip and we really got a good insight into to the difficult working conditions of the miners. We were issued with helmets before descending into the mine. There were a lot of children visiting at the same time as us and they appeared to enjoy it hugely, particularly the helmets and an outdoor area for 'panning'. Children are very welcome there. There is an excellent gift shop with high quality goods.

1  Thank RexMax
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

The owner opened the shop for us at a time that the mine was closed. That generosity is beyond belief. His knowledge is considerable and he was extremely generous sharing and answering our questions. It was a once in a lifetime experience for a collector. Thanks so much!

Thank Patrick S
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

My wife and I just love stopping at places like Glengowla Mines as we travel around the west of Ireland. You don’t run into the “thundering herds” of tourists, so the local people working there often have time to converse about lots of subjects regarding the local area in addition to the one you are visiting. It gives you a greater sense of rural western Ireland as it is today. That was the case when we visited Glengowla Mines and spoke with the older man in the gift shop and the young man who was the mine guide. The mine itself was also very interesting and as we took the tour with just one other couple, we had plenty of time to ask questions. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about both the mining operations, the men who has worked there as well as the geological history of the area that explained the different layers of rock visible as you moved down. Thinking what it must have been like for the men who worked down there certainly made one appreciate how much easier our lives are today.

Thank irish062
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