Atlantic Sheepdogs
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Watch some of the world's smartest sheepdogs at work on their home turf on this traditional Irish sheep farm! Learn all about the rare and ancient breeds of sheep that live on the farm. Dependent on the time of year, watch sheep shearing demonstrations and get up close to some of our adorable pet lambs and puppies. All weather shelter and restrooms. Car and coach parking available. Demonstrations daily Monday - Saturday. Prebooking essential. Simple to book - just contact us by phone, email or Facebook!
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Susan O
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Oct 2022 • Couples
Excellent customer service! We had to cancel our reservation due to illness and actually received a consoling email. Certainly not an expected experience with a cancellation. We will definitely make plans to visit Atlantic Sheepdogs on our next Irish adventure.
Written 26 October 2022
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DebvinEssex
Essex72 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
An excellent attraction. Martin was welcoming, entertaining and informative. Sheepdog Mo was endearing and very clever. A very interesting experience and with a shelter to stand in, we could watch in awe from the dry out of the rain.
Written 25 October 2022
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Sharon R.
5 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
This was so informative and it was amazing how well Mo was able to do his job. Martin was so kind, open and willing to share his family legacy with us.
Written 4 October 2022
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Sheena S
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Oct 2022 • Friends
Absolutely fascinating demonstration of the sheep dog at work. Martin is knowledgeable and very accommodating of questions. This was definitely one of my favorites on my Ireland tour. You got to be up close with the sheep. If visiting Ireland this is a must see.
Written 3 October 2022
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BlueDivePortDouglas
Brisbane, Australia108 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
Superb exhibition of the brilliance of collie border sheepdogs.
Hugely recommended for an authentic experience of this glorious corner if Ireland.
MarK Fraenkel. James Tunneys friend.
Written 27 September 2022
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Lauren L
New York168 contributions
Sep 2022
This was one of the best things we did on our trip to the area. Booking was a snap - I just called the morning of and was lucky they had space - and turned up. Martin was a charming host and his property was beautiful. He explains a lot about the history and geography of the area in addition to sharing his family's story, how he trains his dogs, and the details of sheep farming. The dog we saw (Mo) was also excellent. We had great weather the day we visited, but there is an open air roof structure in case of rain, and the toilets were very clean. Very reasonably priced and unique - a must do if passing through.
Written 25 September 2022
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Carolyn R
Hamilton, Canada7 contributions
Aug 2022
Martins family has been sheep farming in the area for generations, and it was an interesting look at the history of sheep farming and the use of dogs to manage the herds. Its also right by the beach where the Spanish Armada was wrecked in 1588 and where the remains of the ships has recently come to light which added another element to the visit.
Written 27 August 2022
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MoMo
Alvarado, TX6 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Don’t miss this! Martin and young pup Mist were so enthusiastic and brilliant. We went on a rainy day, stood under the thoughtful stay-dry area and forgot about the weather. From Viking ship info to endangered sheep rescue, Martin made certain we learned intriguing facts about this gorgeous region. Generous, heart-felt, talented gentleman. We were privileged to meet him.
Written 26 August 2022
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Ronald L
Denver, CO2,916 contributions
Aug 2022
Drove to Grange to Atlantic Sheepdogs. Owner told us about his dogs. Uses English, Gaelic, and German for three separate dogs. One dog can work up to 120 sheep, need two for 300 sheep. Mist, who he used today, is 18-months old. This farm was originally part of an 18,000-acre estate. Now broken up into dozens of
properties. The flat-top mountain, where his sheep roam, is common property and many farmers have sheep up there all winter long. Mountain is called Benbulben. He said it is only one of 18 flat top mountains in the world (most are in CO). Ran Mist thru several trials. He wants to go to Meeker trials one day. The ship he used are yearling females. He has several hundred sheep. Need only one male to fertilize up to 50 females. Done in fall. Bring sheep down from mountain before lambs drop in April. Wool is worth nothing. Most sheep sold for meat. His are sold for breeding stock. Most common sheep in Ireland are the black-faced sheep. Has a female Jacob’s sheep with two lambs. Oldest sheep breed. Can have up to six horns.
Written 22 August 2022
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samesmindy
Redlands. CA121 contributions
Aug 2022
This was part of a tour we took around Ireland, and honestly, I was lukewarm about visiting. I am so glad we did. It was an amazing experience to see the dog in action, while hearing first hand exactly what was happening and how it is trained. My mouth hung open in amazement the whole time. Martin was great at explaining the dogs goal, and showing first hand how they herd and protect the sheet from hurting themselves as well. Great experience - Don't Miss it!
Written 19 August 2022
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