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Rathbaun Farm

#31 of 136 things to do in Galway Features Animals
Ardrahan, Galway, Ireland
+353 87 650 5228
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Great Concept; Educational & Entertaining while keeping it going

We thought that this was a wonderful introduction to an Irish sheep farm. Besides the greeting... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Life-travelers
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Littleton, New Hampshire
Off the Beaten Path, but Truly Worth It

We were looking for something to do or visit between Galway and Mullingar and happened upon this... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Murph6698
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Dorval, Canada
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Rathbaun Farm is a picturesque farmhouse in Ardrahan County Galway, where you will be taken on a journey through Irish farming practices. With its traditional thatched cottage, turf fire, stonewalls, and array of animals, Rathbaun has become one of Ireland's most cherished destinations since the family began welcoming guests in the 1980s. Visitors are invited to hand feed the new lambs which are in plentiful supply between March and November. The barns are home to a wide variety of animals and the extensive covered areas ensure you can enjoy the farm in any weather. Fintan Connolly will describe the different attributes of the various breeds of sheep and cattle and will ensure your visit is both interesting and relaxing. Frances and her team will welcome you into the cottage for some truly Irish hospitality--home baked and freshly prepared scones, soda breads and preserves along with the best pot of Irish tea you're likely to experience anywhere in the country. The family enjoy nothing more than having a chat over tea and scones and swapping stories with guests. There is ample car and coach parking. Visits to the farm during Friday afternoon open hours can be booked on our website. Please telephone in advance if requesting to visit outside of our open hours.
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Ardrahan, Galway, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thought that this was a wonderful introduction to an Irish sheep farm. Besides the greeting with Tea & Coffee, and homemade Scones with, Cream & Jam, the friendliness and knowledge of the family was interesting. There was a demonstration of herding by the sheepdog,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were looking for something to do or visit between Galway and Mullingar and happened upon this gem. We had the opportunity to witness some sheep-shearing and were lucky enough to witness the sheep-herding border collie at work. Tea and scones in the old farmhouse...More

Thank Murph6698
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped for tea and scones, but, left with much more than that! The owner demonstrated sheep shearing, and had a border collie demonstration with the dog herding the sheep. We loved this place!

Thank b_alkire
Reviewed 19 June 2017

We stopped here as part of our bus tour. The gentleman was very nice and his talk interesting. We had the traditional tea and scones as part of the tour which was rather average to me. The farm is attractive and the grounds fairly nice...More

Thank RJN612
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Walk around 200 year old farm buildings (and home) surrounded by 300 year old trees. Here, you can see several breeds of sheep, watch TED the sheepdog do his job herding some not so smart animals to the barn. Watch Fenton, the owner, shear a...More

Thank William S
Reviewed 11 May 2017

It was a very interesting and pleasant visit. We first learned how to make scones, which was a fun experience. While the scones we had prepared were baking, we went to visit the ewes that were expecting and some that had already delivered lambs. The...More

Thank Jekyll
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Watch this faithful dog round up the sheep and if your lucky you get to bottle fed a baby sheep. After your lesson in Irish sheep farming, time out for Homemade Scones (mouthwatering!!) and a cup of tea. Be sure to pick up your pastry...More

Thank Kevin McK M
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Was given a tour of a working sheep farm. The star of the show was the dog who herded the sheep. After the tour we were invited into a thatched cottage and served tea and freshly baked scones. They are DELICIOUS and so is the...More

1  Thank Polly Q
Reviewed 19 October 2016

This was a very interesting visit. We were first given a short tour and briefing of the farm followed by a demonstration of a dog herding sheep. We observed many varieties of sheep on the farm. After the demonstration, we were treated to coffee or...More

Thank Les F
Reviewed 11 October 2016

At this stop on our tour, we were introduced to sheep farming. Watched a dog round up the sheep, and saw a lamb being fed by bottle. Had the opportunity to make scones in the farmhouse. They were good. I am not sure about the...More

1  Thank wewannagoagain
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