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Rathbaun Farm

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Address: Ardrahan, Galway, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 87 650 5228
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Fri 12:00 - 14:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Rathbaun Farm is a picturesque farmhouse in Ardrahan County Galway, where...

Rathbaun Farm is a picturesque farmhouse in Ardrahan County Galway, where you will be taken on a journey through Irish farming practices. With its traditional thatched cottage, turf fire, stonewalls, and array of animals, Rathbaun has become one of Ireland's most cherished destinations since the family began welcoming guests in the 1980s. Visitors are invited to hand feed the new lambs which are in plentiful supply between March and November. The barns are home to a wide variety of animals and the extensive covered areas ensure you can enjoy the farm in any weather. Fintan Connolly will describe the different attributes of the various breeds of sheep and cattle 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--home baked and freshly prepared scones, soda breads and preserves along with the best pot of Irish tea you're likely to experience anywhere in the country. The family enjoy nothing more than having a chat over tea and scones and swapping stories with guests. There is ample car and coach parking. Visits to the farm during Friday afternoon open hours can be booked on our website. Please telephone in advance if requesting to visit outside of our open hours.

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a day in the life of Boarder Collie!!

Watch this faithful dog round up the sheep and if your lucky you get to bottle fed a baby sheep. After your lesson in Irish sheep farming, time out for Homemade Scones... read more

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Kevin McK M
Halton Hills, Canada
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Halton Hills, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Watch this faithful dog round up the sheep and if your lucky you get to bottle fed a baby sheep. After your lesson in Irish sheep farming, time out for Homemade Scones (mouthwatering!!) and a cup of tea. Be sure to pick up your pastry pkg with a copy of this delicious recipe! Very enjoyable visit1

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

Was given a tour of a working sheep farm. The star of the show was the dog who herded the sheep. After the tour we were invited into a thatched cottage and served tea and freshly baked scones. They are DELICIOUS and so is the tea that accompanied them.

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Boylston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

This was a very interesting visit. We were first given a short tour and briefing of the farm followed by a demonstration of a dog herding sheep. We observed many varieties of sheep on the farm. After the demonstration, we were treated to coffee or tea and freshly baked scones. A good perspective was given of life on the farm.

Thank Les F
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Reviewed 11 October 2016

At this stop on our tour, we were introduced to sheep farming. Watched a dog round up the sheep, and saw a lamb being fed by bottle. Had the opportunity to make scones in the farmhouse. They were good. I am not sure about the Mrs. in the farmhouse. As she was leading the group in the making of the... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 23 September 2016

Went on a tour visit and was given a demonstration of sheep herding by a border collie and a talk about farm life and sheep shearing. Had some amazing scones and tea/coffee.

Thank Tom a
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Reviewed 22 September 2016

Went here with my grandchildren and this was a very exciting day out and very enjoyable for the children getting to see all the animals and have food.

Thank Sarah C
Lambertville, Michigan
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

Stopped for tea and freshly baked scones and jam which were excellent! Watched a border collie work with the sheep and a sheep shearing presentation by the owner of the farm. The cottage is thatched and an excellent example and chance to see up close how it looks. A fun place to stop.

Thank Sherry F
Ambler, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

We were instructed in making scones by the Mrs., and while they were baking in the oven, we had a visit to the sheep and a herding demonstration by the border collie. We enjoyed the conversation about the farm business and the raising of lamb for the European market. We also got a bit of information about the wool industry.... More 

Thank Karen H
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

We were welcomed to the farm with a sit down of freshly baked scones with homemade jam and tea. The old farm house has been preserved just the way it was with new additions and very interesting. We particpated in s sheep shearing and saw a border collie work the sheep, which was amazing. Top that off with a thtached... More 

Thank Jeanirwin
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

One of the highlights of our Ireland trip. Getting to take a tour of this beautiful farm. Bottle fed baby lambs and enjoyed delicious fresh baked scones.

Thank Lauren L

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