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“Foodies will love the scones”
Review of Rathbaun Farm

Rathbaun Farm
Ranked #29 of 138 things to do in Galway
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 24, 2013

We went in July 2013 on a Globus tour and this was one of the highlights of a 2 week tour. We learned to make our own scones which baked during our tour and then returned to the dining room and ate them with clotted cream and jam. Unbelievable!!! You cannot not buy anywhere in the UK or Ireland a better, fresher scone as ours were hot, taken directly from the oven. We used a simple, raisin recipe from their web site.

Thank Bob w
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Although it has been several years since I've been to Rathburn Farm I still recall it with much fondness! The sheep demonstration was very interesting and how can you beat sipping tea and nibbling on scones by the warmth of a peat fire...love it!!

Thank kdpezz
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Stopped here with Globus Tours and what a great experience. We had the opportunity to make our own scones which was a fun learning experience and Frances was the perfect hostess and teacher! Lots of fun and laughs and then we got to sit and eat our scones with nice whipped cream and homemade rhubarb jam! And a delicious pot of tea.What more could one ask for. We also got to watch sheep herding by Ted and an actual sheep shearing. The tour of the thatched roof cottage was very special seeing how the people of Ireland lived many years ago. It certainly did add to my opportunity of learning more about my Irish roots! This should not be missed!

Thank kmc1021
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Yes, a little like a school field trip but you will learn what farm life is like in Ireland. Quite worthwhile for me to see a sheep sheared, to hear a very competent tutorial by the farmer on his operation and to see a crowd pleasing performance by personality plus Border Collie working his small herd. The sheep are not raised for their wool. Who knew?
What could be better than the aroma of a peat fire (new to me) while eating freshly made scones with cream and jam with hot tea?
This is definitely more than visiting Ireland to see the scenery and you should do it.

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

Arrange a visit in advance, and you can enjoy a small farm experience, including the best scones in Ireland! Only requires 1 and 1/2 hours, but includes a wonderful original farmhouse with thatched roof and peat fire, herding by sheepdog, and lamb feeding. Highly recommended.

Thank JeanPlazaTravel
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