Joyce Country Sheepdogs, Shanafaraghaun

(4.9/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web)
Witness a piece of traditional culture when you visit Joyce Country Sheepdogs, a family-run and working hill sheep farm. Watch border collies expertly herd sheep while following verbal and whistled commands, just like in the movies. The family also sells border collie sheepdogs and puppies. As part of the tour, you'll see sheepdog demonstrations, a talk on hill sheep farming, sheep shearing demonstrations, and maybe get the chance to visit the puppies. Put Joyce Country Sheepdogs on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Shanafaraghaun tourist route planner.
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  • An interesting activity for the entire family. The dogs are superb, the views are excellent and understanding farming life on a small family farm was informative.  more »
  • The location, the demo, the rams & the dogs were brilliant! Our 3 year old loved playing with the dogs and we loved the scenery and demo. Totally worth going!  more »
  • This is one of the most interesting activities which we did in Ireland. Joe and his team of dogs demonstrated perfectly how the dogs can heard sheep moving them all through the fields and fences! He i...  more »
  • I recently traveled around Ireland with my mom and sister (we are in our late 20s) - and we are dog people. We don't care about getting a little muddy if it means a 10 week old puppy is crawling all over you. Joe and his sheepdogs were absolutely one of the best parts of our trip. We arrived about half an hour early and got to see all 10 or so dogs running around together on the mountain side - they are all beautiful short haired border collies and all so friendly and playful - not to mention the two 10 week old puppies. Once the demonstration started it got even better; the dogs are crazy smart and Joe has such a connection with them! Joe is also really funny and makes the whole presentation great. Overall, if you are in Ireland and like dogs - GO HERE! Also - his property overlooks a beautiful mountain/lake landscape, which can't be missed with even the cutest dogs as a distraction.
  • The single most amazing experience on our trip to Ireland. The drive to see the dogs is gorgeous and the dogs are even more incredible. You simple must come and Joe and his dogs!
  • Fun experience, nice dogs