Arigna is located within the scenic north Roscommon hills, and is synonymous with Ireland’s only coal-mine. Arigna Valley is green and beautiful, and not in any way the kind of bleak and dreary place one associates with coal mining. It is now home to the Arigna Mining Experience, Ireland's first coal mining museum. The exhibition traces 400 years of mining in Arigna and all the tour guides are ex-miners, ensuring that they can relate stories of a life that no longer exists, in a way which is interesting and educational for all ages.


A long, winding and wandering tour route, the Arigna Scenic Drive is signposted with brown notices bearing the word, Sli, meaning route. Although the road is narrow, the trip over the mountains is rewarding for the wildness and beauty of the scenery.


The area is also emerging as an important walking destination.  The Miners Way follows many of the paths used by miners going to work in the Arigna Mines. The Miners Way links with the Historical Trail which traverses the Curlew, Bricklieve & Arigna Mountains, passing many features of interest including Carrowkeel megalithic tombs, Labby rock & wind farms.




Supported By

This project received grant aid from Roscommon LEADER Partnership Rural Development Programme which is financed by the Irish Government under the Rural Development Programme Ireland 2007-2013 and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development:Europe investing in Rural Areas.