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Meet Gerard Bourke who owns the Lost Valley of UGGOOL along the Wild Atlantic way in Ireland. The Burke family have lived in the valley for over 3 centuries. The Valley is very much part of his DNA.
The Bourke Family offer a fully guided cultural adventure that is suitable for all ages. It is a brilliant opportunity to discover Ireland and its natural history through a local perspective.
The Lost Valley has remained largely untouched since the villagers were evicted and driven out during ‘The Great Famine’ of the mid 1800’s. The tumbled down walls of their cabins, the multitude of potato plots they left behind, even the stones removed from the rocky soil remain in clusters, exactly as they left them, giving testament to the hardships endured by these Celtic people.
It takes 3 hours to do the tour however it is done in a relaxed pace while Gerard explains the history of the location.
The Family opened ‘The Lost Valley’ to the public in June of 2015 as a unique, totally authentic visitor experiences. The photo is taken inside the cottage nestled in the valley. We enjoyed a cup of tea with biscuits while listening to the stories of time gone by.
You can spot the cottages here.
The valley is not only rich in history, it has a variety of natural treasures that makes this walk utterly delightful to experience.
Scottish Blackface sheep farmed in the lost valley
Traditionally the Bourke's have farmed sheep and suckler cows that run with a stock bull and a couple of horses. Today sheep are the main enterprise with a flock which are mainly of the native blackface mountain breed.
To book a walk to see this incredible valley go to: https://www.thelostvalley.ie/bookings/ #loveireland
Hope you enjoyed my story. I really enjoyed this experience and was a highlight of my Wild Atlantic way. If you are looking to experience rural Ireland this is for you.