Rathbaun Farm
Rathbaun Farm
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**Visits by Appointment Only** Tour an Irish Sheep Farm in the Heart of Co. Galway!! Established as one of Ireland's premier farm experiences, Rathbaun Farm in Ardrahan, Co. Galway welcomes visitors with a "warm Irish welcome" and a wonderful insight into farming life both past and present. Visitors to Rathbaun Farm will become enchanted by its 250 year old thatched cottage, turf fire and original stonewalls. Time spent here gives a glimpse into the daily workings of a sheep-farm with plenty of time to see the animals, feed the lambs, talk to the family and explore the farmyard. Rathbaun has become one of Ireland's most cherished farm tours since the family began welcoming guests in the 1980s. Fintan will describe the different attributes of the various breeds of and will ensure your visit is both interesting and relaxing. Frances and her team will welcome you into the cottage for some truly Irish hospitality. There is ample car and coach parking.
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roverirish
Pitman, NJ242 contributions
Couples
This was One of the highlights of our trip to Ireland in the Galway area! The hosts were extremely friendly and treated us as a family. We were able to make scones and then enjoy them with a warm cup of tea. The working farm put on a display showing how the dog works to rein in the sheep. Put it on your of places to visit.
Written 1 March 2020
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LotusExplorerTravels
Streamwood, IL1,202 contributions
We stopped here on a tour after Cliffs of Moher on our way to Galway. They served us tea and scones, then the farmer told us all about raising sheep in Ireland. The lambs were adorable. This was a very interesting experience even if you've grown up on a farm. Always good to hear other's perspectives.
Written 16 February 2020
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Lea W
Waupaca, WI1 contribution
My daughter and I were on a tour of Ireland and this was one of our stops. The scones and coddles cream was fantastic and we really enjoyed the sheep and seeing how the dog worked them. Loved hearing about the use of the wool and how things are done.
Written 8 November 2019
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Claudia O
Dublin, Ireland9 contributions
It's a nice break from traveling around. It's a working farm with a beautiful old house. First you see the dogs demonstration and then you are fed with delicious warm scones and jam just out of the oven. Frances and Martin are really friendly and everyone had a great time.
Written 10 October 2019
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taylor663
Cooperstown46 contributions
What a great little stop over. We got to try out our baking skills by making scones which we got to eat after the tour. The did a sheep shearing demo and we the resident border collie bring in the sheep.
Written 22 September 2019
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SusM_13
York, PA113 contributions
Was on a bus tour in August 2019. This stop was great.....we MADE scones and they were great. So much fun for all. Saw the sheep and had and interesting and informative talk. This place is beautiful and the people so kind and friendly. Very well maintained property and very clean. A great stop.!!
Written 5 September 2019
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M Hatch
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Our Globus tour added this as a stop and I am really glad they did. It was interesting on several fronts. The original farm was really interesting to see and look at the history. The time spent with Frances and her team was fun. I already make scones routinely and loved learning how she makes them. I will make an alteration or two. Lastly, the time Finton spent with us talking about the economy of sheep farming, wool import/export was enlightening. I love that this wonderful place has found a way to draw you in from the beaten path to check out a real gem.
Written 12 August 2019
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Joy F
Longmont, CO3 contributions
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One may go to all of the well-known headliner touristy places while on a vacation but there is something about being invited to someone’s home and greeted as though they have known you all of your life. This was just such a place at the Rathbaun Farm. We were thrilled that CIE included this stop on our 10-day tour.

It was a rainy day as is frequent in Ireland but just as we got off of the coach, the rain stopped as we were greeted and invited in for homemade scones, rhubarb jam and traditional Irish tea. Absolutely delicious! We were told stories and provided an educational afternoon learning about the economic role of sheep in Ireland as well as the true role of a working dog in herding said sheep. I still enjoy watching the video of “Ted,” corralling the sheep into their pen, and perusing the pictures of the thatched roof home and all of its rich history.

This memory will not be forgotten. I will especially remember this day in Ireland every time I make the scone and jam recipe available for purchase while I was there. It’s a trip down memory lane each and every time I take a bite if one of these delicious scones with a sip of tea!

A thousand thank you’s for sharing your home & farm with us on July 10, 2019.
Written 6 August 2019
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Kelley C
Burlington, NC4 contributions
Couples
A beautiful working farm. Interesting and informative. Me Frances is extremely welcoming with a great Irish sense of humor! The homemade scones, jam and cream are absolutely delicious!
Written 5 August 2019
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Tracey S
Green Bay, WI153 contributions
Friends
Our tour group stopped at Rathbaun Farm to have a snack and to watch a sheep herding demonstration. This is an adorable farm and they were very accommodating. Scones were delicious; served with rhubarb jam and fresh cream. While we were not shown how sheep were sheered, we were shown bags of wool and told about the process as well as the economics of their wool. Surprisingly, sheep are raised for meat and their wool is not used to make the famous Irish sweaters. The best part of the visit was viewing the variety of sheep on display for us along with a herding demo. It was interesting to see one pup round up 3 sheep. Overall a fun stop.
Written 25 July 2019
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