BENBULBEN -  Guided Hike To The Old Barytes Mines at Glencarbury Benbulben Co Sligo

About

Benbulben and Barytes Mining

Barytes mining was carried out on Benbulben at Glencarbury from 1894 to 1979

Barytes ore is a naturally occuring mineral. It's chemical stability means that it can be used to give added value to a whole range of products, such as paints, plastics, pottery, etc. It blocks radiation and is easily ground into a very fine white powder Atomic power stations and x-ray rooms are plastered with a protective coating of Barytes. In medicine, a mixture of Barytes, called a Barium meal, taken orally, is used to assist in the x-ray of soft tissues of the stomach. It is used extensively in the oil exploration industry, where its heaviness and insolubility in water, are exploited as drilling mud. 

 

Experience 

  • Fully guided hike
  • Half and full day options available

 

You will climb Benbulben via the Old Bog Road. The hike to The Old Barytes  Mines at Glencarbury is very scenic with stunning views of Glencar Lake and The Swiss Valley. The route takes us along the escarpment and up to the site of the old mines. You will get a glimpse of the old buildings and extraction methods. Experience the hardship of the life of the miners, many who traveled long distances to work in the mines. See the way in which the mineral was transported to the valley for further milling.

 

Equipment Required

Good waterproof boots and waterproof clothing are essential – without these items you will regrettably be excluded from participating; walking trousers are advised or comfortable athletic clothing, (no jeans please); spare warm layer; hat and gloves; lunch and/or snacks; water or juice drink, (1.5 litres); small rucksack to carry it all in.

AVAILABILITY: Year Round

TRAIL LENGTH: 4 hour Round Trip

DIFFICULTY: Moderate

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Cost:

  • €20pp (based on group size of 10)
  •  €40pp (based on group of 5)
  The Bog Road Benbulben

The Bog Road Benbulben

  Barytes Mines Old Work Buildings

Barytes Mines Old Work Buildings

  Looking down on Glencar Lake on route to the Barytes Mines

Looking down on Glencar Lake on route to the Barytes Mines

  The Old Barytes Mines workings and site office

The Old Barytes Mines workings and site office

 Approaching Glencarbury and the Old Barytes Mines

Approaching Glencarbury and the Old Barytes Mines

    Old Barytes Mines at Glencarbury. This pulley system was used to transport the Barytes in buckets to the Glencar Valley for further processing. 

 Old Barytes Mines at Glencarbury. This pulley system was used to transport the Barytes in buckets to the Glencar Valley for further processing. 

 Visiting the Old Barytes Mines at Glencarbury, Benbulben with High Hopes Hiking 

Visiting the Old Barytes Mines at Glencarbury, Benbulben with High Hopes Hiking