Glengowla Mines & Family Farm Experience

Attractions in Oughterard

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Glengowla Mines & Family Farm Experience


Come join us on a unique, guided, underground tour of Connemara’s only show mine, and Museum. The Mines abandoned in 1865, are a unique reminder of the 19th Century methods of ore extraction and processing. Glengowla Silver and Lead Mines are a remarkable and impressive example of how part of our valuable industrial heritage has been reclaimed, restored and transformed into an outstanding visitor attraction. The mine is noted for it’s rare and beautiful octahedral crystals of fluorite and quartz. Pitch pine timbers believed to be brought back to the west of Ireland by the emigrant coffin ships are still intact in the mine today. We also have Sheep Herding and Turf cutting demonstrations as an add on to your tour by prior arrangement, please call Keith on +353(0)87 252 9850 Meet ‘Bob’ the sheep dog, and see him at work.


Ever wanted to pan for gold in the Wild West? Experience sheep herding first hand, or have you ever just wondered how the locals around Ireland have cut the turf of their land for centuries, well at Glengowla I experienced all of that and much more. Not only does Glengowla offer a huge visitor experience, I found this attraction to be great value for money. The site also plays home to a very popular TV show called in Irish, An Klondike, better known on Netflix as Dominion Creek and the site lends itself very well to this type of production. I found all of the staff here to be super friendly and will bend over backwards to make sure all of its visitors leave with smiles on their faces. Even though the sheep herding and turf cutting demonstrations are add ons to your visit, Glengowla is also a working farm and has been for 4 centuries, so whilst here why not go on one of their farm walks which is actually part of the admission price.

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Contact Us

Glengowla Lodge , Glengowla Eas,
Oughterard, Co. Galway , Ireland

+353 (0)91 552 021



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