Guided hikes to The Old Barytes Mines at Glencarbury, Glencar Co Sligo
Benbulben and Barytes Mining
Barytes mining was carried out on Benbulben at Glencarbury from 1894 to 1979
Barytes ore is a naturally occurring 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.
Fully guided hike
Half and full day options available
You will climb Glencar mountain 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.
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
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€25pp (based on group size of 12)