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Well worth a visit

Visited this mine on a rainy day in July. This is a family run business and the staff were really... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
David M
via mobile
Well worth the stop

Fascinating walk into the history of mining in Connemara around the time of the famine. Its set on... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sheila M
Limerick, Ireland
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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...more
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Glengowla, Oughterard, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visited this mine on a rainy day in July. This is a family run business and the staff were really friendly and helpful. The mine and the history is pretty amazing and the tour guide (Jonny) was very knowledgeable and great fun. While the kids...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fascinating walk into the history of mining in Connemara around the time of the famine. Its set on a working farm and we saw the sheep being herded on arrival with a series of buildings and picnic areas and is reasonably priced and edutainment at...More

Thank Sheila M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Brilliant place to visit and the guide was very knowledgeable. Bring a warm pullover as it can get chilling 🤢😁. Great for parking and having a bring picnic or have a cuppa in the cafe or open space for sitting outside or shelter space, before...More

Thank Sheila O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always a pleasure to visit Glen Gowla Mines where Keith/Family & Staff really look after you. Going down the mine, herding the sheep and cutting the turf are 3 great attractions rolled into one. Must see if you’re visiting Connemara.

Thank ClareDayTours
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Reasonably priced and very informative. The panning for gold is a great addition. Won't take up a full day, more an hour or two but worth a visit. Staff were lovely.

Thank clairemW6036HN
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting day at glengowla mines. Nice staff. Good gift shop. Kids really enjoyed panning for gold. 10 out of 10 day trip.

Thank Michael K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We decided rather impulsively to visit the mine, but without regrets! Johnny, our personal guide, was so passionated about what he told, that it was a real pleasure. His passion and sense of humour combined with his impressive knowledge made it an unforgettable trip.

Thank Birthe H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks 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
Reviewed 4 weeks 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.

Thank claybartlett2
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Theresa R
9 October 2017|
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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.
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.