EXPERIENCE THE FASCINATING LIFE OF A MINER
The Arigna Mining Experience will certainly appeal to those with an interest in history or anyone looking for a day out with a difference. The Arigna area was associated with coal mining for around 400 years and is located in a beautiful scenic area of north Roscommon overlooking lough Allen.
The tour is an education in terms of History, Geography, Geology, Sociology and human endurance and gives visitors an insight into a working way of life you could not even imagine. A popular tourist spot, the centre allows visitor to discover what coal mining life was like in the Arigna valley from the 1700s until the closure of the mines in 1990.
A typical visit includes a 45 minute underground tour with an ex-miner as your tour guide. Visitors will be brought to the coalface where the methods used to extract the coal are demonstrated. The authentic lighting and sound effects throughout the mine add to the reality of the experience. Prior to going underground, visitors can enjoy a DVD presentation and browse through an exhibition space relating to local history and geology.
From Carrick-on-Shannon take the R280 to Arigna (19km/12 miles). From Sligo take the R284 to Arigna (40km/25 miles). From Belfast take the M1 and A4 to Belcoo, Blacklion, Dowra, Drumshanbo and then the L1001 to Arigna.