Joyce Country Sheepdogs, Shanafaraghaun

#2 of 10 in Outdoors in Province of Connacht
Farm Tourist Spot
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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  • Stopped by for about an hour long visit - learned a ton about sheep / sheep in Ireland and the dogs from the owner who was very pleasant and laid back. Watched the dogs collect the sheep from the top ...  more »
  • We're dog people, so driving a wee bit off the beaten path for a chance to visit an Irish farm, watch the sheepdogs work a herd of sheep, and play with some of the dogs was not a problem for us. Joe w...  more »
  • Fabulous experience of mountain-working sheepdogs! Joe is great - really showed us how the dogs work up and down the mountains. It is amazing. The dogs love working the sheep and are so well kept. Add...  more »
  • pleasant and instructive introduction to the training and art of dog corralling sheep, also shearing demonstrations in beautiful connemara setting
  • 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.
  • Total peace and the beautiful scenery and a really nice man
  • 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