Below the Connemara Mountains lies a way of life long abandoned and almost forgotten just waiting for you to explore!

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.

Pan for gold at our gold panning station and keep any gems you find! Glengowla Museum has artifacts collected during the mines excavation & history on the area.

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.

  • Discover how lead and silver were mined
  • Pan for gold at the gold panning station
  • Artefacts collected during the mines excavation
  • A working farm along the old Connemara railway line

Open Daily Mid March to Mid November

Daily: 10.00-18.00

Last Tour: 17:00


Admission Prices 2020:

Adult €11
Senior (aged 65+): €10.50
Student (with valid ID): €10.50
Child: €5.00
Family: €29.00

Additional charge applies for turf cutting and sheep dog herding demonstrations

Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services and other useful information.

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

Getting There

3km west of Oughterard village 300 metres off the N59 Galway/Clifden Road (20 mins drive from Galway, 40 mins from Clifden)

Map Location: 53.418158, -9.374363
Contact Glengowla Mines and Working Farm Experience

Oughterard, Co. Galway, Ireland.

Eircode: H91 PX22
T: +353 (0)91 552 021
T: +353 (0)87 252 9850
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