Lady Heath: Famous Visitor of The Lost Valley

In 1928 Lady Heath landed her aeroplane on the Uggool sands, it promptly sank in the quicksand, the Bourkes swung into action and having many times rescued their cattle from the quicksand knew exactly how to approach this difficult undertaking before the incoming tide drowned the aircraft.


She subsequently wrote a letter to the local newspaper the Mayo News pleading on their behalf.

“After my machine had become bogged in the quicksand under Muilrea and after the inhabitants had helped me to save it... If the road could be extended to Uggool, it would be of inestimable help to those who are obliged to live and make their living in these parts. At present they are existing in the face of cruel difficulties as regards transport. The finest blood in Ireland the healthiest, pluckiest folk in the world cope from this west country... can we not help them a little to make their wild hillsides a little more accessible by just a few miles of road and bring them a little nearer to amenities of civilisation.”

Her appreciation did not end there and a couple of months later, 18 year old John Bourke with neither tools nor experience, commenced employment at the same Croydon airport, in the skilled well paid position of aircraft carpenter. He seems to have learned quickly as he remained in employment there for some time. Later one of John’s sons had a distinguished career as an RAF fighter pilot.

“A must see in Louisburgh” TripAdvisor Review


Recommended by my Airbnb hostess, this was one of the best tours I’ve had in all of Ireland. The views are amazing and the owner/tour guide is so passionate about the space and its story. Anyone visiting Louisburgh must visit The Lost Valley; a seemingly best kept secret.



Date of experience: July 2018