Open for individual and group bookings from mid May till mid September and spring bank holidays.
The Bourke Family offer a fully guided cultural adventure, on well developed trails that is suitable for all ages.
Duration is 3 hours approximately as the heritage and history of The Lost Valley is recounted and explained, while we make our way at a relaxed, leisurely pace on a well developed trail along the different points of interest in the valley.
Please wear sensible footwear, shoes or trainers. In Mountain terrain due care and attention is appropriate at all times.
The Lost Valley has remained largely untouched since the villagers were evicted and driven out during ‘The Great Famine’ of the mid 1800’s. The tumbled down walls of their cabins, the multitude of potato plots they left behind, even the stones removed from the rocky soil remain in clusters, exactly as they left them, giving testament to the hardships endured by these Celtic people.
As The Lost Valley is now an active working farm, visitors can experience life on the farm with pet lamb feeding, a working sheep dog demonstration and a sheep shearing demonstration in season on request.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lost Valley - Spellbinding! Tripadvisor Review
If you only do one tour when visiting South-west Mayo, make sure it’s The Lost Valley. This tour teaches more about Irish history in 90 minutes than most people will ever learn, and really helps one understand how the Irish psych was influenced by the events of the famine times.
But it’s not all hardship and misery, there is mythology and nature in abundance, and seeing working dog “Jypp” herding the flock down off the hills was spellbinding. Will definitely return, many times I hope.
Date of experience: July 2021
A must visit!! Tripadvisor Review
All I can say is wow. This is probably the best walking tour I've ever done, and I've done plenty in plenty of different countries. We had our 2 children (4&7) with us.
Ger is an absolute fountain of knowledge about the area, the land, and the history of it all. The scenery is phenomenal. The walk itself is an easy walk, I believe a good amount of elderly people have done it. There's so much to see on this tour, it's absolutely stunning in every direction.
Plenty of stops along the way where Ger gives some history and answers questions etc, he recites some beautiful poetry. He tells stories of well researched history. His passion shines through. The land is just steeped in so much history and Ger has made it his business to learn about it all and share it with visitors.
I discovered this gem online and it was described as the best thing to do while in Mayo but often missed and I couldn't agree more. It really is, a must visit for everyone.
Date of experience: July 2020