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Rathbaun Farm

#32 of 138 things to do in Galway Features Animals
Ardrahan, Galway, Ireland
+353 87 650 5228
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a great experience of old Farming and farmhouse ways

Fenton, the farmer gives a great talk and show on sheep herding and shearing, and farming in... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Scotland
Scones! Scones! Scones!

We started our visit by making scones with the lady of the house. It was absolutely lovely. Then... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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
+353 87 650 5228
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Fenton, the farmer gives a great talk and show on sheep herding and shearing, and farming in general , He was great at telling it as it is and how it was, then inside to the farmhouse to get homemade scones with Cream & jam...More

Thank Baldy14
Reviewed 3 days ago

We started our visit by making scones with the lady of the house. It was absolutely lovely. Then we went for a bit of a visit with the farmer who gave us some interesting information about the sheep on his farm and all around Ireland....More

Thank KateDaGreat
Reviewed 6 days ago

Attempted to book a group of elderly active retired to visit this farm on a Wednesday morning. Person who answered my query was not at all helpful (the mobile number on the website is no longer in use). No group rates were offered, was advised...More

Thank Siubhan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Typical sheep sheering Irish farm. We had tea and fresh baked scones followed by a sheering demonstration by the farmer and sheep dog demo. The sheering was very fast. I was surprised at how little time it took.

Thank Bonnie S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything you need to know about Sheep farming in Ireland is right here. You will get to see sheep herded by a dog. Then you get to go inside the home and have a hot scone (homemade) and learn about living on the farm. This...More

Thank Michelle C
Reviewed 10 July 2017

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

Thank Life-travelers
Reviewed 9 July 2017

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 5 July 2017

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 17 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
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