The Lost Valley, Silver Strand

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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.
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  • I’m not sure if I learned about history in a nature walk or nature on a history walk. It just felt like an adventure where I learned ever so much. Gared led the way bringing history to life with stori...  more »
  • Your going to be walking miles so you should know this before you start out. They do have a truck if you cant make it but you should be in decent walking shape if your going to do this tour. It was ab...  more »
  • Spectacular scenery, interesting and informative guide and hosts. Confirm all the other reviews. Don’t miss it.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Beautiful expansive beach. Safe water for children. Although horses seem to use the beach also so I'm not sure how clean the water is for swimming.
  • A beautiful beach,unbelievable views with the mountains behind.waves amazing. A bit of a drive on narrow road but totally worth it.
  • This place is unforgettable if your interested in the famine, I thoroughly enjoyed it the tour guide Jerry Bourke was absolutely brilliant he knew the history of this area and why wouldnt he his ancestors where evicted from this area in the 1800 century he was full of information and had a great sense of humour his wife Maureen was extremely welcoming when we finished our tour, that cup of tea was delicious.Would highly recommend this tour great value for money but you do need to be able to walk for 3 hrs and without toliets.
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