The Lost Valley

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The Lost Valley
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The Lost Valley offers a unique window into the cultural heritage of the west of Ireland. Indeed it is itself arguably the finest memorial of the Great Irish Famine that remains today. As The Lost Valley is an active working farm, visitors can experience life on the farm with pet lamb feeding for younger adventurers, a working sheep dog demonstration and a sheep shearing demonstration in season on request. Meeting point/Reception is located at the lost valley - Silver Strand, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
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MacCraith
Tuaim da Gualin93 contributions
Family
We as a family visited the "Lost Valley " on a beautiful sunny day this August .This is a tour that anyone interested in our past history and especially the "famine" should take.Its excellent from start to finish.Its a family run affair and the presentations by Gerry are brilliant.Just go and do it if you can .

Written 15 August 2022
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suzanne b
Wicklow5 contributions
We enjoyed a most wonderful afternoon, shepherded by the amazing Gerard, through this beautiful little piece of paradise. My husband and I joined about 20 others, ranging from about 7yrs to 70. The children among us were delighted to be handed baby bottles to each feed a greedy lamb at the start of the tour, and we all applauded the skill of Gerard and his dog rounding up the wayward sheep at the end. But in between these enjoyable events we were all enthralled by Gerards wonderful explanation of the environment we walked through, the history, folklore, personal stories and philosophy. We’ve been enjoying our regular visits to Mayo for over thirty years, but this tour was our best ever experience. We will be back, we are already planning to bring friends and family.
Written 14 August 2022
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Ann M
Dublin, Ireland9 contributions
Absolutely stunningly beautiful scenery but that’s just for starters! You’ll get a profound insight into irish history, but best of all is the magnificent oration from Gerard which is delivered passionately bringing you back in time to Gerard’s own family history.
I highly recommend this tour, it’s a experience not to be missed and there’s the added bonus of Gerard’s working dog Jip doing his job as expertly as Gerard.
By far one of the best tours I have ever been on.
Written 30 July 2022
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maureenTullamore
Athlone, Ireland75 contributions
The lost valley is just amazing. The tour we got lasted about three hours in all, this included refreshments at the end. The remote location and the stunning scenery was just breathtaking. Seán our guide was wonderful. His knowledge and understanding of the place and its people was so touching. Everyone should go there to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors. I laughed and I certainly shed a tear for the hardship visited on those innocent people. I hope to go back there again sometime. Míle buíochas to Seán and the Burke family for such an amenity.
Written 25 July 2022
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Sarah M
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Couples
Me and my husband visited the lost Valley this week and we where blown away by the scenery. It was by far the best part of our trip to mayo/connemara. Gerard was excellent, he is so passionate when on the tour, a fantastic story teller. We will definitely visit the lost Valley again in the future. Thank you so much for making our holiday unforgettable.
Written 23 July 2022
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Sandy
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Family
This is an amazing, must-do walking tour. The scenery is breathtaking and the history is profound. We learned about the history of Ireland, specifically relating to The Famine. It was unforgettable. As well, we got to see a very impressive working dog demonstration.
Our hosts were kind and welcoming. The setting is gorgeous. If you can go off the beaten track and do this tour, you will not regret it.
Written 22 July 2022
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Emer D'Arcy
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Met a fellow camper in the car park of Silver Strand who recommended this tour to me. It was fantastic. Gerard is so knowledgeable and has excellent delivery. I was there on the most amazingly sunny day so it was like a trip to heaven!!! You could totally FEEL the history as we walked around. The 3 hours passed so quickly. Have recommended it to Everybody I have met since.
Written 21 July 2022
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Loz67
Surrey22 contributions
Took the 3 hour tour around the valley with the charming and witty Gerard whose memory of Irish and local history is unreal.
Views are breathtaking and you will leave feeling you have learnt something with so much information and facts given to you. The sheepdog demonstration was brilliant. Allow plenty time to get to Silver strand and enjoy.
Written 19 July 2022
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Skiz H
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Couples
Perfect afternoon tour provided by Gerard around the stunning landscape & explaining the tragic history during the famine. An excellent finale with the dogs rounding up the sheep…cannot recommend more highly. Cheers from Michael & Tracey
Written 11 July 2022
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ODCeus
Washington DC, DC84 contributions
Gerard, Maureen, and two of their dogs welcomed us. My daughters (12 and 16) fed lambs which was fun. Then we set off for a tour of the farm with Gerard and his sheep dog, Gyp. There are interpretive signs posted along the dirt path. Gerard is entertaining and knowledgeable, sometimes reciting from memory. He told us about the natural features of the land and the experiences of humans living on it. The farm is jaw-droppingly beautiful - set between the highest mountain in Connacht (Mweelrea), the Atlantic Ocean, and a 10-mile long fjord (Killary Fjord), the property includes a gorgeous waterfall, a gorgeous white-sand beach, rolling hills, stands of forest, and estuary marshlands. By itself the walking route of the tour is a five star hike. But it's made more interesting by the things Gerard points out and tells you about along the way. I would never have guessed that far more people lived on the land until the Great Famine in the 1840's. The remains of houses and potato ridges are still visible. Gerard taught us about the types of trees we were seeing and the Celtic beliefs about them. He also pointed out birds and Irish hares (which are giant!). Then he and Gyp did a demonstration of herding sheep. What an athletic and intelligent dog. Maureen and the other dog met us at a stone building where they've restored the roof. She served us tea and cookies. I enjoyed every minute and I thought about it for the rest of our trip in Ireland. My wife and daughters loved it too.
Written 10 July 2022
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