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lost valley guided tour

Beyond the end of the road:

A Superior, Highest Quality Experience.


With its pristine, unspoiled and widely diverse landscape and seascape untouched by the modern world, The Lost Valley offers a unique window into the cultural heritage of The West of Ireland. Indeed it is in itself, arguably the finest authentic memorial of The Great Hunger that remains today. Visit the ruined famine village and see the multitude of potato ridges that have lain undisturbed and unattended for nearly two centuries.


As The Lost Valley is now an active working farm, visitors can experience life on the farm with pet lamb
feeding and a working sheep dog demonstration.



Notice Board

 Now closed for the season.

Reopening Mid-May 2024.

Prebooking's Welcome



"The history of a nation is not in parliaments and battlefields but in what the people say to each other on fair days and high days, and in how they farm and quarrel."

-W.B Yeats


The Middle Way Hostel, Westport explores The Lost Valley.


The Lost Valley was also highlighted on the popular

R.T.E. program "Ear To The Ground" where Gerard talks through the history of the valley. 


Midwest Radio's Tommy Marren visits The Lost Valley and learns more about the natural and cultural heritage in abundance here.

The german team of "Grenzenlos - Die Welt entdecken" visited us on our farm in summer 2019 to follow our daily lives as sheep farmers. Skip to 30:25 to find a nice story about The Lost Valley.


"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the
ways in which you yourself have altered."

- Nelson Mandela


irish famine potato ridges




Adults €25

Children* €10 

Family Ticket** €60


IMPORTANT: No dogs allowed***


* under 15 and must be accompanied by an adult

** 2 adults and up to 3 children under 15 years old

*** as this is a working farm pets are not allowed 


To pre-book please contact us:

Tel: + 353 (0) 85 1139977           Email: info@thelostvalley.ie

Plan what to see in Louisburgh with an itinerary including The Lost Valley

Absolutely Amazing Tripadvisor Review


We had a great time during this amazing tour. Gerard, the owner and our tour guide told us about the history of his family and the locality during the time of the famine. Amazing and learning experience among beautiful picturesque scenery. We were the first tour hosted with the social distancing rules in place and it couldn’t be obeyed more diligently- signs and hand sanitizers were available at different points of the tour and we were able to keep a safe distance from other members of the tour at all times. Excellent all the way.


Date of experience: July 2020


Beyond Belief Google Review by Elizabeth Yorke


My husband and I have travelled the world doing tours of every description along the way. This walking tour is beyond belief. The story of the famine in Ireland told by a farmer and his wife where everything has been researched and put together to the highest standards I have ever witnessed. It is a credit to them both and I am proud to say I have completed this tour. It's exceptional and my advice is to get in there and do it NOW as when word gets out it's going to be booked out. The extras they have introduced are phenomenal. Well done Gerard, Maureen and family.


Date of experience: August 2021