The Lost Valley - Beyond the end of the road - Silver Strand - Killadoon - Louisburgh - Co. Mayo - Ireland

   Telephone:   +  353  (0) 85 1139977

Natural Heritage 

The natural heritage of the lost Valley is unsurpassed and as a consequence it has been designated as a 'Natural Heritage Area' and more recently a 'Special Area of Conservation' Under the European Habitats Directive.

On the northern border of the lost valley farm is the impressive Silver Strand beach which in the past has been classified as the third finest beach in Europe.  In fact like the lost valley itself the beach has previously been used as a location for both films and advertisements. 

To the east towering overhead is Mweelrea mountain  (from the Gaelic Maol Ri, meaning "The bald king") the highest mountain in the west of Ireland. Home to the famed Doulough famine pass. 

On the southern border of the lost Valley lies Irelands only fjord Killary harbour (An Caoláire Rua in Gaelic) . This fjord which runs inland for 16km (10miles) has previously been classed as one of the top ten most spectacular fjords in Europe. 

To the west is the Wild Atlantic.



Surviving near the ruined houses in the Valley are a number of old apple trees. Nature has reclaimed its own however and nowadays semi-native woodlands of ash, oak, hazel and rowan trees surround the houses. During the summer season the ruins are engulfed by a perfusion of Bracken and Wild Flowers.

Naturally occurring flora found in the Valley includes, Holly, Whitethorn, Haw, Silver Birch, Myrtle, Aspen, Furze, Juniper,`Willow, Bell Heather, Ivy, Marsh marigolds, Juncus sp., Wild Thyme, Dandelion, Flag Iris, Wood Sorrel, Moss, Wild Mint, Grey Lichen, Red Lichen, Oxalis, Bugle, Mountain thyme, Celandine, Fuschia, Montbretia, Bog Myrtle, Salix sp., Insect eating Butterwort, Ferns, Bracken, Pondweed, Marram and Sea Lyme Grass, although this list is by no means exhaustive.


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