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Glengowla Mines

Oughterard, Ireland
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About Glengowla Mines
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,
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Breda wrote a review Sep 2020
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For me, as well as the beauty of the surroundings, it was the guide who made the day so special. I really want to compliment him. He knew every detail inside out and it was such a pleasure to listen to him bringing us back in time to when the miners there worked long hard twelve-hour shifts in appalling conditions during the 1850s or so. The resilience of the human spirit surely evident, I found the guides talk both fascinating and inspiring. As I said to my husband with each on the hour tour the guide obviously has to repeat the same historical talk over and over again on. Yet, so passionate about what he was telling us, it was as if he was relating it for the first time, all so fresh, fascinating, and interesting. Well done to the young man involved. You'll certainly go far! I wish you every possible success in the future.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Sile_kay9 wrote a review Sep 2020
Dublin, Ireland18 contributions2 helpful votes
Visited the mines and had a great couple of hours there. The owners are very friendly and informative. The mine is very interesting and well worth a visit/ tour if anyone is planning a staycation in Connemara. The museum and gift shop are great too. Loved it!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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emmanuel p wrote a review Sep 2020
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We booked Glengowla Tours on a rainy day and we really enjoyed it, from the visit of the lead mine to the sheep dog demonstration. These are two seperate bookings, still for 4 of us, the 2 attractions €57, it was really worth the money. Only us booked the sheep dog herding demonstration, so we had the whole place for ourselves, it is very well set up, very large covered area with a great view of the field with scattered sheep. The dog Jess was directed by the owner of the place using a wistle. Very impressive, the owner really took the time to show us several command to the dog and the sheep were really controlled by the dog. The mine tour is very interesting, the guide told us about the life of the miners and about their duties. We went down to the shaft, quit deep, it was really impressive, the kids loved it too. It was during Covid, and, all the proper measures were taken to make us feel secure and safe.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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AGil wrote a review Aug 2020
County Mayo, Ireland37 contributions27 helpful votes
Really enjoyed our visit. The tour guide was excellent. Really get the feeling of what it was like to work in the mines. We were lucky with the day and were able to make use of the lovely surroundings and had a picnic in the picnic area. The children really enjoyed it and enjoyed looking for the gold.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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denis299 wrote a review Aug 2020
Carlow, Ireland15 contributions4 helpful votes
We visited Glengowla mines during our recent visit to the Connemara area and it is a real little gem and piece of history. There are some above ground items to see and the staff put on some farming displays like sheep dog trials and shearing but the highlight is going into the 19th century lead mine. The tour guides painted a vivid picture of life in the mine in the 1800's. The tour involves a decent into the actual mine. There are stone steps and hand rails to help and everyone is given a hard hat for safety. Because of Covid, people are also provided with hairnets before putting on their hard hats and there are plenty of sanitiser stations. The tour depends quite deep and there is only one way out (climb back up the stairs) there is no lift or escalator so bear that in mind if you are thinking of visiting.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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