Galway Attractions: Glengowla Mines
Glengowla may be the remnants of a 19th century silver and business lead mine which includes been restored right into a visitor appeal with a heritage and visitor center, a blacksmith’s store, a circular powder home, a rock and mineral store and lots more.
The mine beginning operating in 1851 and for 14 years silver and lead were extracted before mines were closed in 1865. In 1999, the mines were preserved from flooding and opened up to the general public as Ireland’s only display mine. The mine was in fact restored by its owners the Geoghegan family members.
Have a tour of the mine today and observe what was left out when the mines were shut. The powder magazine and blacksmith’s workshop can be found at the top and showcase some equipment which were utilized by the miners. When you are guided through the chambers underground, you will see ladders, pump rods, pipes, ore tubs and pulleys.
Glengowla includes a staggering quantity of nutrients such as for example dolomite, quartz, marble plus some very rare green and blue octahedral fluorite.
To access the mine from Galway town, just take the primary N59 to Clifden. Pass the city of Oughterard and the mines are on your own left after about 3km
The mines are opened to visitors from March ? November between 9.30am and 6.30pm