Joyce Country Sheepdogs, Shanafaraghaun

4.9
#7 of 80 in Outdoors in County Galway
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. With our online itinerary creator, Shanafaraghaun attractions like Joyce Country Sheepdogs can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Fun experience to have. Farmer Joe was a lot of fun. The dogs were so well trained it was amazing to see them herd the sheep. We were lucky that there were puppies when we visited and we all got to ho...  more »
  • Joe Joyce is the perfect host - starting with puppies we could pick up and dream of owning, then an amazing demonstration of the partnership between himself and one of his dogs and a flock of more or ...  more »
  • The drive to Joe's place is more than worth it! His warmth towards people and his animals shines through and his humor makes it such a fun visit. It's fascinating to learn about and watch the dogs her...  more »
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  • Country home in a natural setting, actual sheep dog herding
  • We really enjoyed watch the dogs work. Our host was very friendly and informative.
  • 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.
  • pleasant and instructive introduction to the training and art of dog corralling sheep, also shearing demonstrations in beautiful connemara setting
  • 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!
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