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Glengowla Mines

Glengowla, Oughterard, Ireland
+353 87 252 9850
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Awesome experience!

Seeing the sheep and the interactions between the farmer and the dog were incredible. It was a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Dan A
Cool little mine

We stopped in as we were nearby and decided to do the mine tour. The experience felt very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Glengowla, Oughterard, Ireland
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+353 87 252 9850
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Reviewed yesterday

Seeing the sheep and the interactions between the farmer and the dog were incredible. It was a interesting view into life in the Irish countryside. The tour of the mineshaft was insightful and well led by Caol. He was especially well-prepared and knowledgeable about the...More

Thank Dan A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in as we were nearby and decided to do the mine tour. The experience felt very authentic and was a little a mini-adventure. Lots of steps but the guide was happy to take it slow; got some fun photos too.

Thank LSQRD1
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a wonderful visit. The sheep herding demonstration. Keith was a great and friendly guide and Dan, the dog, was amazing. Being able to hold a 15 day old lamb was an unexpected surprise.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

visiting Ireland was a dream of my girlfriend Deb. On the top of her to-do list was visiting a working farm, This family farm was just what she wanted!! Very interesting and amazing and a must see! the owner, Keith, was an excellent host, who...More

Thank Peggy O
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a very enjoyable day out here. Would highly recommend it for family day out. My kids are 7 and 10 and loved it as much aa ne and my partner did.

Thank Amanda M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent a wonderful day in Glengowla Mines with my sister, and our 5 kids......It was very personal and I highly commend Keith and his family for a truly unique experience, and running a good show! Started our morning with a sheep herding demonstration, followed by...More

Thank SiobhanOC2014
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an afternoon in Oughterard and took the bus from town out to tour the Glengowla Mine. The shop was pleasant and the kids panned for “gold” while we waited for the tour. John was our tour guide and his knowledge and enthusiasm for...More

Thank jbnapier
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The family was super impressed with our tour of Glengowla mine. The tour was informative, interesting, and well done. If you’re heading to the mine though be absolutely sure to add a demonstration of the sheep dog on a working farm. The owner and his...More

Thank alphaelliott
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a cool spot to visit!! The mines were very cool (literally & figuratively!). They seem to be opening more & more all the time....very passionate group that runs a lovely store & tour! Do yourself a favour & call ahead for the sheep dog...More

Thank barps
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the tour guide was well informed and ensure we had a good understanding of the environment the miners had to work in. 175 feet down with good stairs and hand rails. The mine has been opened with excellent infrastructure and museum.

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Theresa R
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Response from niceguy12 | Reviewed this property |
They are on Facebook if you need to contact them. Bus passes by it a couple of times a day.
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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.
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