Buried beneath the Connemara Mountain lies a way of life long abandoned and almost forgotten…
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! Learn of the miners working conditions before the mines closed in 1865.
On the surface, the Powder Magazine, Blacksmith’s Workshop and the Agent’s Cottage have been restored and contain items rescued from the mine. A hand windlass and a horse-gin have been constructed.
Take the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the working 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! Afterwards visit the gift shop which offers all sorts of gifts with a focus on minerals and gems.
See website for opening times.
MUSEUM AND GIFT SHOP: Glengowla Gift Shop has all sorts of gifts with a focus on minerals and gems. The shop has coffee, tea and refreshments for sale
PICNIC: Picnic area available on site
GROUPS: Caters for school tours and groups
GUIDED TOURS: Normal entry to the mine offers a guided underground mine tour, entrance to our Museum, an explanation on how Glengowla contributes data to the Irish Seismology Network and Gold Panning
3km west of Oughterard village 300 metres off the N59 Galway/Clifden Road (20 mins drive from Galway, 40 mins from Clifden)
Oughterard, Co. Galway, Ireland.
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