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The Lost Valley offers a unique window into the cultural heritage of the west of Ireland. Suitable for all ages, pre-booked guided walking tours at a leisurely pace highlight the natural and cultural heritage in the valley. Visitors will experience scenery from pristine sandy beaches to waterfalls and woodlands on the slopes of Mweelrea (the highest mountain in Western Ireland) to unique views of Ireland's only fjord. Because the place was virtually inaccessible until a roadway was built in 1989, it has remained largely untouched since the villagers were evicted and driven out during the great famine of the mid 1800s. The tumbled down walls of their cabins, the multitude of potato plots they left behind, even the stones removed from the rocky soil remain in clusters, exactly as they left them, giving testimony to the hardships they endured. Now an active working sheep farm, the attractions allows visitors to experience life on the farm with pet lamb feeding and a working sheepdog demonstration in season on request. From its striking scenic beauty and rich cultural heritage to its insightful and interactive telling of life on the farm, both past and present, it proves to be an attraction like no other in all of Ireland and provides a uniquely unforgettable immersive experience that enriches all ages. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Louisburgh holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the The Lost Valley and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
The Lost Valley Reviews
We had a great time during this amazing tour. Gerard, the owner and our tour guide told us about the history of his family and the locality during the time of the famine. Amazing and learning... more »
The overall tour was wonderful. I loved the walking/exploration aspect. I was very impressed by the knowledge of our host and the history that we learned. The landscape is incredibly gorgeous. And... more »
Me and my partner have done the tour today and we are well and truly ready for our bed after a glorious afternoon. Thank you so much Gerard and Maureen; honestly this is one of the best days we have ever had on a holiday and will definitely be doing this again when we return next year! The views, the hosts, the history, the restfulness, the animals, the journey and much more are all worth this trip and I'm so glad we have this wonderful afternoon within our memory.
Excellent 3 hour tour. Very informative and interesting. Would highly recommend.
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