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Joyce Country Sheepdogs

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Shanafaraghaun, Ireland
+353 94 954 8853
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It's All About The Dogs

We drove by some other sheepdog attractions later in our trip and were so, so glad we went to Joyce... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Thousand Oaks, California, United States
Highlight of our rural tour of western Ireland!

Delighted to meet Joe and his sheep dogs, including adorable puppies, and his herd of sheep and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Los Angeles, California
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An authentic insight into hill sheep farming and rural Irsh life with working sheepdog demonstrations. Interaction with puppies and sheep shearing demonstration during high season. This is set against some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland. Rest room facilities available along with picnic tables for guest use. Scheduled demonstration times are 11am, 1pm and 3.30 pm Monday -Saturday, however alternative times are available by prior arrangement.
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Shanafaraghaun, Ireland
+353 94 954 8853
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove by some other sheepdog attractions later in our trip and were so, so glad we went to Joyce Country Sheepdogs. This is the real thing. It was great to see the dogs work. Joe brought out puppies and showed us how well trained...More

Thank BetsyConnolly
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Delighted to meet Joe and his sheep dogs, including adorable puppies, and his herd of sheep and lambs. After a gorgeous drive out from Westport, we were treated to Joe's demonstration of herding techniques. Also a wonderful opportunity to learn about the ag sector in...More

Thank WendyRP_12
Reviewed 31 July 2017

We booked this in advance rather than just turn up. It was great it is amazing what the sheepdogs cant do and the different ages of the dogs. The visit lasts about an hour. You can see the sheep getting sheared. The film Marley and...More

Thank babsbush69
Reviewed 27 July 2017

Whether you're a fan of sheep or dogs or both - this is the place for you! Joe was extremely knowledgeable and informative. He eagerly answered all of our questions and we got to see his incredible dogs in action herding sheep. It is quite...More

Thank Emily L
Reviewed 25 July 2017

This place, located in a stunningly beautiful spot on Loch Na Fooey, offers a chance to learn about and see sheep dogs in action. Joe Joyce, the proprietor, gives a short casual talk about sheep and sheep dogs, and about how the sheep graze and...More

Thank Mike O
Reviewed 22 July 2017

Our family of four had a great visit here with Joe. There were two adorable puppies running about playing with our sons, and the herding demonstration was so impressive. We met Roy, and got to hold a sheep--my husband even got to hold a sheep...More

Thank mc03
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

Don't miss this place! It was so fun and interesting to hear Joe talk about the sheepdogs and to see the dogs in action. One of the best places we went to during our visit in Ireland! I don't think anyone who visit Joyce country...More

Thank Kristinahed
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

This is well worth a visit. It's in a beautiful area and the animals and owner are friendly and very nice. This was a highlight of our recent time in Ireland.

Thank AliciaRJ
Reviewed 8 July 2017

The demonstration was great, but even better was the information he gave when asked questions. Learned a lot about the trial and tribulations of sheep herders. Also, the effect of government subsidies. Very interesting man, and his daughter was cute as a button.

Thank quatrone
Reviewed 4 July 2017

This was our third visit to see Joe Joyce and his marvellous sheep dogs - and we will be back! Joe is like a dog whisperer, literally. His dogs hear his commands no matter how softly he speaks and from whatever distance. It is so...More

Thank Patricia O
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23 August 2016|
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Response from Piotr S | Reviewed this property |
It's about 3,5 hours of driving if you have a car. No public transport to Joyce County.
Bev N
30 June 2016|
Response from Piotr S | Reviewed this property |
20 miles maybe
4 May 2016|
Response from jcs1965 | Property representative |
Latitude 53.57935 ,longitude -9.571951, Shanafaraghaun, Finny.