Visit A Working Sheep Farm With Sheepdog Demo. Galway. Guided._2460082

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Visit A Working Sheep Farm With Sheepdog Demo. Galway. Guided.

Duration
1.5 hours
Difficulty
Easy
Starting point
Killary Sheep Farm
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Visit a traditional working Connemara mountain sheep farm, meet the farmer and view a skilled sheepdog demonstration, a sheep shearing demonstration and a traditional turf cutting demonstration. Available all year. Min 1 Max 50.

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What to expect?

Come take an authentic look at farm life in Ireland. This sheep farm is a traditional working Connemara mountain farm which has been in the same family for generations. It has approximately 200 ewes and lambs who roam freely in the mountains overlooking Killary Fjord. On arrival visitors are met by Tom the farmer and have the option to be outfitted with outdoor footwear and rainwear supplied by the farm.

Tom starts off the farm tour with a sheepdog herding demonstration. These extremely smart dogs are trained from puppies and it is incredible to watch them in action! In the summer months (July to September), Tom shears the sheep by traditional methods with hand shears. It is an old farm tradition not often seen anymore. The tour also includes a picturesque country walk through the farm grounds, with sweeping views of Killary Fjord and the mountain ranges beyond. The sheep dog demos are all year round and the tour includes a demo of traditional peat/bog cutting. Try your hand at bog-cutting using the slean (turf spade), a centuries-old practice of harvesting peat to heat homes.

If there are lambs about (and there usually are), you can count on a few needing bottle-feeding. You’re welcome to lend a hand!

Tour Highlights

  • Visit a traditional working Connemara mountain sheep farm,
  • Meet the farmer and his highly trained sheepdogs
  • Watch a sheepdog herding demonstration
  • In the summer months see a sheep shearing demonstration (July-September)
  • Try your hand at bog-cutting using the slean (turf spade).

What is included?

Meet the farmer

Sheepdog demonstration

Sheep shearing demonstration (summer months only)

Traditional turf cutting demonstration

What do I need to bring?

It is advisable to bring appropriate warm, rain and windproof gear as weather can very changeable. Sunglasses, water/refreshments, camera and sun block.

Additional information

  • Voucher: You will receive a secure voucher to either print out or present on your mobile phone.
    • Cancellation Policy: Fee of $100 if cancelled 15 days before event or less.
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