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lost valley guided tour

Beyond the end of the road:

'' NATIONAL HERITAGE and SPECIAL AREA OF CONSERVATION.''

A Superior, Highest Quality Experience.

 

With its pristine, unspoiled and widely diverse high nature value 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 this is Ireland of yesteryear and probably 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 a working sheepdog demonstration.


PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL



 

Notice Board.

Upcoming Public Tours.

 Tuesday 16th starting at 2pm, Thursday 18th at 2pm, Friday 19th at 10am and Saturday 20th at 2pm.

Contact us to book your place.

 


 

"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 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.

 

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. 




 

"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

 

Pricing 

                     

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


 

 A truly incredible and unforgettable experience Tripadvisor Review

 

The Lost Valley walking tour was the highlight of our 2 week trip to Ireland. We were awe struck by the beauty. The entire experience engaged all of one's senses and, in the word of Yeats, it touched "the deep heart's core". The walking trails sights were spectacular and included scenic vistas from the hillside, untouched famine potato beds, wild Atlantic, Killary fjord. We made frequent stops along the trail to view a waterfall, remnants of stone houses from the Great Famine, and beautiful flora. Gerard's weaving of famine history with it's local impact and poetry, was informative, skillful and heartfelt. The rest stop at Gerard's ancestral family cottage, with a cozy peat fire, and tea and cookies, was such a special touch and reinforced the feeling of a step back in time. All of the above was sandwiched between a warm welcome by Maureen, an opportunity to feed small lambs, and a herding demonstration by a sheep dog - good job, "Gyp" your performance deserved an extra dog biscuit! A heart-felt thank you to Gerard, Maureen and daughter for sharing your spectacular sheep farm and historical knowledge. You provided a truly incredible and unforgettable experience...

 

Date of Experience: June 2023

 

 

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