Killary Sheep Farm, Leenane, Co. Galway
Killary Sheep Farm
Welcome to Killary Sheep Farm in Connemara. A traditional working mountain farm with approx. 200 ewes and lambs roaming freely in the mountain with spectacular scenery overlooking Killary Fjord, on the Wild Atlantic Way. On our farm we run mainly blackhead horny sheep which are most suited to survive on the mountains during the harsh winters.
Visitors can view the following demonstrations –
- Working sheepdog demonstrations.
- Sheep shearing demonstrations.
- Turf cutting demonstrations.
Tom welcomes visitors of all ages and looks forward to introducing you to working sheep and dog demonstrations and walks are held at 11.am, 1pm, 3pm, 7 days a week or by appointment, please arrive 15 minutes before the tour starts to check in. Book Now +353 87 298 8051. Killary Sheep Farm is open all year round (weather permitting).
Please call in advance to avoid disappointment.
Killary Sheep Farm is situated on the southern shores of Killary harbour 6km from the Village of Leenane, Co. Galway on the N59.
Take a tour with us and experience traditional, rural Ireland. At Killary Sheep Farm, we use a traditional method of bog-cutting, using the slean, the way it was done in the olden days gone by. If you want to see how it was done , book an amazing tour of our sheep farm, step back in time and try your hand at traditional bog-cutting.
At Killary sheep farm we bring our guests on picturesque walks with amazing views along country trails and mountains overlooking the Killary Fjord. Killary Fjord is the only true fjord in Ireland, definitely not to be missed. These walks are held at 11 am, 1 pm and 3pm, Tuesday to Sunday or also available by appointment.
Sheep Shearing Demo
During the months from July to September we shear all our sheep with the hand shears which is the traditional way of sheep shearing. It is unusual to see hand shearing still in practice as most farmers are using machines now, but Tom doesn’t like the machine believing it takes too much wool off and the sheep can get cold.
Sheep Dog Demo
Sheepdogs are an integral part of farming. On Killary Sheep Farm we have three working dogs, Sweep, Lassie and Fly and there is usually a puppy knocking around the farm too. Training the dogs is hard work and time consuming but its very rewarding when the dog finally gets it right. During our tours, you will witness the combined skills of our sheepdogs and trainers.