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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 25 March 2014

Met Johnny our guide on arrival. Great guy,very interested in his subject and his enthusiasm was infectious. We got an excellent tour of the mine which really brought home just how awesome these 19th century miners were. The mine itself was well lit and not one bit clostrophobic. Well worth a visit and great value for money. The shop offered reasonably priced gifts. Thanks to young Sean too, son of the owner who whizzed around on his bike and spoke glowingly of the farm and surrounding countryside. Lovely walks available but would be enjoyed more later in year when the paths are dry. This is a little gem and not to be missed

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Reviewed 24 January 2014

Our many thanks to Keith for the excellent tour he offered my wife and I. Although closed for the winter a call from the property manager at the Connemarra Country Cottages where we were staying was all it took to open the mine up for us to tour it. My wife is a geologist and Keith could go into more detail than I'm assuming he would normally do. You could tell from the smile as he talked that the mine if a passion for him and he enjoys every minute of it. I realize a normal tour probably moves through fairly quickly due to the number of people in season but after touring the mine and spending time talking with Keith and his dad Paddy it was hard to believe an hour and forty minutes had passed. We would highly recommend visiting here!!!

1  Thank Pttim
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

Glengowla Mines is definitely a hidden little gem, tucked away in rural Connemara. If you want to have a unique experience and a fun day out then make sure to stop in. From the friendly staff, tour guides who give you a great tour down in the mines to meeting the friendly farm animals, we had a great time and the kids were very impressed. We would definitely recommend visiting Glengowla Mines.

1  Thank Sinead L
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

This was a wonderful surprise as we didn't know about this amazing part of the local history until we stumbled upon. It was so much more interesting than I thought it would be and I didn't even feel uneasy descending to the depths we did . the superbly informed and passionate guide made it most interesting. The cost was modest and well worth it.
I concur with all the other reviews as it was a must see, except of course for the one couple who missed out but they would have had a beautiful drive there as a bonus!
If we ever get back we would rent the old managers cottage, now that would be a real treat!

1  Thank Rosemary P
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Reviewed 23 December 2013

What an incredible experience! ... Glengowla is not to be missed. Our first trip to the Glengowla Mines was in late November 2012. The mine is 40+ meters deep and can flood in winter (depending upon the weather). It is best to visit in the spring, summer thru early fall.

We returned in 2013 to revisit the mine and we had the most wonderful experience. It is a family owned property. We were most impressed with the knowledge and passion that our guide, Keith provided us all; no question goes unanswered.

The mine is easily accessible with stairs, railings and ample electric lighting.
Bring a flashlight if you are an enthusiast and want to see greater detail.
Hardhats are provided.

The personal history and local stories of the mine, really enhanced our experience.
When in Galway, as a tourist, history or mineral enthusiast … this is not to be missed!

2  Thank bptalty
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