Rediscovering History in County Mayo: The Lost Valley Tour Review

Tucked away in the stunning landscapes of County Mayo, Ireland, The Lost Valley offers a glimpse into the island’s poignant past and breathtaking natural beauty. This unique tour, which I had the opportunity to experience, is not just a hike; it’s a journey through history, culture, and unforgettable scenery.

Cost and Duration

The tour is costs €25 per adult and €10 for children under 15. Family rates are also available, which helps make the tour accessible for larger groups. Each tour lasts approximately three hours, providing ample time to explore and absorb the area’s rich history and natural beauty.

Preparation and Requirements

As highlighted on their website, it’s important to come prepared. The Lost Valley is in a remote area and is a working farm, so wearing appropriate footwear and clothing for walking over rough terrain is essential. While the walk is generally moderate, there are some hilly parts to be overcome.

The Experience

The tour itself is led by Gerard and Maureen Bourke, whose family has owned and farmed the land for over a hundred years. This personal connection enriches the storytelling, making the history of the Great Famine and subsequent emigrations resonate deeply with participants. The Lost Valley is not just a farm; it’s a powerful narrative composed of stories of resilience and survival. It’s a three hour guided tour through a varied landscape of breathtaking beauty.

Highlights and Features

What makes The Lost Valley particularly special are its intact historical features. You’ll walk through areas that have remained unchanged since the times of the Great Famine, including original famine-era roads and deserted stone cottages. These sites are thoughtfully presented, offering a rare, unspoiled look into Ireland’s historical landscape. Gerard speaks from the heart about the experiences of the people living on this land and really evokes the hardships endured by his predecessors.

Accessibility and Safety

The tour is conveniently located and well-marked, accessible by car with parking available on-site. The tour emphasises safety navigating the rugged terrain with ease.

Conclusion

The Lost Valley tour is a standout experience for those visiting County Mayo. Its combination of natural beauty, historical depth, and personal storytelling creates a compelling and enriching experience that stays with you long after the tour ends. For anyone looking to connect with Ireland’s past in a profound and personal way, this tour is an absolute must.

For more details or to book your journey through this breathtaking part of Ireland, visit The Lost Valley. It’s more than just a tour; it’s an emotional and physical journey that encapsulates the essence of Ireland’s untamed west coast.

Tours usually run between May and September and you will need to book beforehand.

Booking and Tour Details

You can find The Lost Valley tour information on their website at The Lost Valley. You should book in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons.

From Louisburgh head south towards Killadoon on the A378. The Lost Valley is right at the end of this road next to the Silver Strand beach. The reception is well signposted. The eircode is F28 D651

You will need to contact them to book.

Tel: + 353 (0) 85 1139977                      Email: [email protected]

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