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Review of Killary Sheep Farm

Killary Sheep Farm
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Leenane
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: contains some of Ireland's most awe-inspiring and dramatic scenery including Killary Fjord. Sheepdog Demonstrations with highly skilled working dogs, feeding the lambs with bottles, Sheep shearing using the hand shears, turf cutting using the traditional method which visitors can try out this ancient method for themselves, walking trails, Great day out for all the family.
Reviewed June 12, 2013

We visited with our three children, ages 5, 9 and 12. The whole family had a wonderful time learning about the sheep, the dogs and the beautiful area. Tom was a great guide. We highly recommend.

Thank J R
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

If you are near Leenane, don't miss it. Tom is such a nice guy and he is so good explaining everything that time will fly. The visit to the farm was one of the best things we did during our holidays at Connemara.

Thank dessloch
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

Even though it was a rainy day, my group and I still had an incredible time with Tom. He knows a lot about the history in the area and is a wonderful guy to be around. If you're looking for a beautiful place to hang out for a few hours, get some fresh air, and learn about sheep farms, this is the place to go.

Thank Kevin M
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

....and avoid the sheep dip! This is the real deal!! Tom is the 4th generation owner/farmer of this sheep farm and ever so gracious and knowledgable. We arrived around 2:00 (14:00) for the 3:00 (15:00) sheep dog demonstration. We were privileged to get to have a good chat with Tom before others arrived. Tom is completely equipped to accomodate most any number of visitors with a mud room full of walking sticks and Wellington boots. Sweep is a loving, people-friendly, border collie who loves his work. He is young, and this was his first run of the day and he was anxious to show us his stuff. These dogs truly are amazing and it's fun to see the head-strong sheep that think they know better than Sweep. He simply doesn't take "no" for an answer. After the demo Tom took our group up the hill through the sheep paddock to the bogs to show us how to cut the peat that traditionally is used in fireplaces and stoves. Not an easy task....especially when cutting enough to dry for winter. We also had an opportunity to bottle feed the orphan lambs.
The setting is beautiful above the Fjords with the world's largest mussel harvesting. Tom does a great job for the "un-farmed" and we strongly recommend this event while you're on your way to or from Kylemore Abbey. The fees were reasonable and a very good value.

1  Thank 33146Chris
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Watching Tom work Sweep and his herd of recalcitrant sheep was great, the setting was gorgeous, the hike across the farm was not too strenuous but enough of a work-out to allow you to feel some sense of accomplishment when you arrive on the eerily quaking "land" of the peat bog. Here you will get to try your hand at cutting the peat, which is trickier than it looks. I'll note with some smugness that I, the descendant of Scotsmen, had an easier time of it than the rest of my family, descendants of good Irishmen though they be!

Be prepared to drive a bit further than directions indicate to find the small private road up to the farm -- fear not, it will be there shortly! Once you are on the little road, heading for the sheep shed, watch for sheep in the roadway and don't talk yourself into turning off too soon: press on to the end!

Don't make the mistake of insisting on your own footwear for the walk up into the bogland -- put your loaner wellies on and thank me later.

If the season is right, you may get a chance to bottle heed some baby sheep, which is fun.

But while enjoying the sheep dogs and the sheep and the peat and all, don't forget to take a moment to just enjoy the awesome scenery -- and the pleasant, comfortable welcome from Tom.

1  Thank JMartJr
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