Boyle to Arigna Mines 1


Writer and storyteller Michael Harding is walking from the historic town of Boyle in Roscommon to his home in Arigna. Michael is following the Miner’s Way and Historical Trail, part of which is based on the routes miners walked over the mountains to Arigna, the site of the last underground coal mine in Ireland.


Michael Harding

Michael discusses the journey across the mountain with former miner at Arigna, Peter McNiff. He follows in Peter’s footsteps for the last stretch of his journey to get to the Arigna Mining Experience. One of the most extraordinary things about the museum is that they can recreate the experience with a real miner. Michael arrives almost at his door, having traversed 850 years of history and 30 km on a most unusual walk home.

Moderate, national waymarked trail

MIners Way in total 118KM, this hike 30km

Estimated Time
Full day

Terrain underfoot
ountry roads, forest trail, mountain trail

Total Height Climbed

Suitable for
Walkers with reasonable fitness

At Start - large parking area near pub at start of Way in Arigna At End - on street in Drumshanbo or at Sliabh an Iarainn Visitor Centre