Joyce Country Sheepdogs
Joyce Country Sheepdogs
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11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
An authentic insight into hill sheep farming and rural Irish life with working sheepdog demonstrations. Interaction with puppies and sheep shearing demonstration during high season. This is set against some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland. Rest room facilities available along with picnic tables for guest use. Scheduled demonstration times are 11am, 1pm and 3.30 pm Monday -Saturday, however alternative times are available by prior arrangement.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • 3inacanoe
    55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience—can’t be missed!!
    We absolutely LOVED this!!! Joe Joyce was wonderful. Very passionate about his sheep dogs and was a very animated speaker. My 13-year old loved having an opportunity to hold a 3- month old sheep and the sweet 2-week old sheep dog puppies. It was our first activity in the Connemara area and was the best thing we did in Ireland. This can’t be missed!!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Rachel B
    Lake George, New York32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful sheep dog demonstration!
    We were driving from Doolin to Galway and wanted to fit in a sheep farm/herding dog demonstration. Joyce Country Sheepdogs had one at the perfect time of day for us. We arrived and were welcomed by Joe Joyce and a few other visitors. We got to meet Joe’s border collies and their 9 week old puppies before the demonstration began. Joe told us about the farm, how he instructs the dogs, etc. The views were gorgeous and watching the border collies herd sheep from the top of the hills was so interesting! What a fun, intimate experience, we are so glad we made the trip!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Mb F
    122 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unforgettable Experience
    We visited on our way to Galway a few weeks back and it was an amazing experience. Joe explained everything about sheep herding and we got to Meet his 8 week old puppies. Seeing the dogs go to work herding the sheep down the mountain was an unforgettable experience. He has them so well trained . Did I mention his place is located in the beautiful mountains with gorgeous views all around??? Definitely put this on your itinerary if coming to Ireland!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 24, 2023
  • Ellen K
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss Joyce’s Sheepdog experience
    One of four in our party was extremely excited about this experience Four of four were completely thrilled we did it Joe is a showman in a reserved country farmer way His wit and personality make him a natural. Who knew the incredible intelligence of these beautiful creatures. We learned so much in a breath taking environment and had plenty of interaction with all of the animals on his property Possibly our favorite (and there were many) part of our trip💗
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 22, 2023
  • KC
    Bronxville, New York22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Memorable and Fun Experience
    So worth a visit! This was one of the best experiences on my recent trip. When I was doing the research for a day tour from Galway, I found that Lally Tours had an itinerary that included a sheepdog demonstration. As a city dweller and animal lover, this had a lot of appeal to me as a unique experience or something I wouldn't get to do back home. On the day of our visit, my partner and I were the only people at that particular demonstration. Joe took his time explaining to us about the family business, his community, how he trains the dogs, and answering our many questions. Joe was an entertaining host - very engaging, funny and a good storyteller. I won't get much into the details of the actual demonstration; it's something you would need to see and enjoy for yourself. As a bonus there was a litter of pups on the property and we got to play with them a bit. They were really cute, especially when a couple of them went out to the field and started imitating or following the older dog herding the sheep. This was a really fun experience that I would recommend to anyone.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 6, 2023
  • Fenu
    Galway, Ireland40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceptional!
    This is a truly unique experience in a stunning setting. Joe is so down to earth and welcoming. The dogs are really impressive, so well trained, enthusiastically showing off their skills and then joining us for lots of praise and petting afterwards. We got to see some puppies too, cuteness overload. It was wonderful to see this local business bringing people to such a beautiful setting.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written December 13, 2023
  • Annmarie
    Arlington, Virginia421 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the highlights of our trip!
    We loved our tour here! You can see online that there are three tours Monday-Saturday: 11am, 1pm, and 3:30pm. I emailed ahead of time to confirm since it was Easter Monday and received an email back fairly quickly. When we arrived, there was another group that was just leaving because they showed up randomly instead of at the designated times. There's a toilet to use in the house if needed and a coffee/snacks cart at the bottom of the hill. The tour was great and there were three puppies at the time we visited. We saw two different adult dogs herd the sheep and an attempt by the puppies which was very cute. He didn't have his lambs yet, but one of his neighbors lamb's was visiting. There are also goats and miniature ponies to visit while you're there. Most people paid in cash at the end of the tour, but you can pay by card down at the coffee/snacks cart. The service kept going out, but we got it eventually. Highly recommend a visit here for sure!!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 8, 2024
  • Matthew F
    71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic time!
    It was so exciting that we were able to book an appointment, and it was an amazing experience. We got to hear all about how the sheep dogs are trained, and then a very exciting demonstration of herding. The views are spectacular, and you’re watching the dogs and the sheep move around, it’s very exciting and so dynamic. We were also lucky that there were three puppies there and it was so cute meeting them and watching them show off. This is a must do if you’re in the area, I cannot recommend it enough.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 21, 2024
  • Excursion11210037565
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Connemara is GREAT!
    Simply a wonderful day! Michael was our driver and tour guide for the group of six in a Mercedes Sprinter! What a fantastic experience. Michael was very informative and we enjoyed his wit and music. We had an Aughnanure Castle tour with a local expert. Next we saw the Quiet Man Bridge near "White of Mornin". Then on into the Connemara NP area (stunning views). A bit of lunch and a quick pint in Leenaun was followed by the Sheep Dog Demonstration with local sheep farmer Joe Joyce - the man and his border collies were fantastic. Joe was quite the character. Then on to Cong for a quick visit to the "Town of Inishfree" (Quiet Man). A pint of Guinness and a whiskey neat at Pat Cohan’s Pub was the final toast to a superb day. Wonderful weather and vistas with a fine group of people. It was well worth it.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 22, 2024
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2travelinFoolz
98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
Joe greeted our family warmly and proceeded to teach us all about his dogs and how they work with the sheep. We were able to have direct contact with both the dogs and sheep! It was an awesome experience and one we won't forget! I can't recommend this experience enough. It was amazing watching the dog in action and being able to pet the animals after the demonstration. It's both educational and fun. Joe is the best, and the setting is just gorgeous! Enjoy.
Written April 26, 2022
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Annmarie
Arlington, VA421 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We loved our tour here! You can see online that there are three tours Monday-Saturday: 11am, 1pm, and 3:30pm. I emailed ahead of time to confirm since it was Easter Monday and received an email back fairly quickly. When we arrived, there was another group that was just leaving because they showed up randomly instead of at the designated times. There's a toilet to use in the house if needed and a coffee/snacks cart at the bottom of the hill.

The tour was great and there were three puppies at the time we visited. We saw two different adult dogs herd the sheep and an attempt by the puppies which was very cute. He didn't have his lambs yet, but one of his neighbors lamb's was visiting. There are also goats and miniature ponies to visit while you're there.

Most people paid in cash at the end of the tour, but you can pay by card down at the coffee/snacks cart. The service kept going out, but we got it eventually.

Highly recommend a visit here for sure!!
Written April 8, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jennifer E
Washington DC, DC17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
Our multi-generational family group (ages 11-83) loved our visit with Joe and his gorgeous and well-trained sheepdogs. It was fascinating to watch the dogs work, and we really enjoyed talking with Joe. Our kids were in heaven cuddling with the puppies and baby goats. And it would be hard to imagine a more beautiful setting. Highly recommend!
Written April 19, 2022
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Sandra C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Incredibly fun experience. Joe is true country gentleman. His command of his dogs is amazing and we had so much fun listening to the stories. The trip out is a little long but the scenery is well worth it.
Written May 30, 2023
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Rachel B
Lake George, NY32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We were driving from Doolin to Galway and wanted to fit in a sheep farm/herding dog demonstration. Joyce Country Sheepdogs had one at the perfect time of day for us. We arrived and were welcomed by Joe Joyce and a few other visitors. We got to meet Joe’s border collies and their 9 week old puppies before the demonstration began. Joe told us about the farm, how he instructs the dogs, etc. The views were gorgeous and watching the border collies herd sheep from the top of the hills was so interesting! What a fun, intimate experience, we are so glad we made the trip!
Written September 20, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ellen K
ny6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
One of four in our party was extremely excited about this experience Four of four were completely thrilled we did it Joe is a showman in a reserved country farmer way His wit and personality make him a natural. Who knew the incredible intelligence of these beautiful creatures. We learned so much in a breath taking environment and had plenty of interaction with all of the animals on his property Possibly our favorite (and there were many) part of our trip💗
Written October 22, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mb F
Schwenksville122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We visited on our way to Galway a few weeks back and it was an amazing experience. Joe explained everything about sheep herding and we got to
Meet his 8 week old puppies. Seeing the dogs go to work herding the sheep down the mountain was an unforgettable experience. He has them so well trained .
Did I mention his place is located in the beautiful mountains with gorgeous views all around??? Definitely put this on your itinerary if coming to Ireland!
Written September 24, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Fenu
Galway, Ireland40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Business
This is a truly unique experience in a stunning setting. Joe is so down to earth and welcoming. The dogs are really impressive, so well trained, enthusiastically showing off their skills and then joining us for lots of praise and petting afterwards. We got to see some puppies too, cuteness overload. It was wonderful to see this local business bringing people to such a beautiful setting.
Written December 13, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Matthew F
71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
It was so exciting that we were able to book an appointment, and it was an amazing experience. We got to hear all about how the sheep dogs are trained, and then a very exciting demonstration of herding.

The views are spectacular, and you’re watching the dogs and the sheep move around, it’s very exciting and so dynamic.

We were also lucky that there were three puppies there and it was so cute meeting them and watching them show off.

This is a must do if you’re in the area, I cannot recommend it enough.
Written April 21, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Excursion11210037565
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Simply a wonderful day! Michael was our driver and tour guide for the group of six in a Mercedes Sprinter! What a fantastic experience. Michael was very informative and we enjoyed his wit and music. We had an Aughnanure Castle tour with a local expert. Next we saw the Quiet Man Bridge near "White of Mornin". Then on into the Connemara NP area (stunning views). A bit of lunch and a quick pint in Leenaun was followed by the Sheep Dog Demonstration with local sheep farmer Joe Joyce - the man and his border collies were fantastic. Joe was quite the character. Then on to Cong for a quick visit to the "Town of Inishfree" (Quiet Man). A pint of Guinness and a whiskey neat at Pat Cohan’s Pub was the final toast to a superb day. Wonderful weather and vistas with a fine group of people. It was well worth it.
Written May 22, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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