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Rathbaun Farm

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Ardrahan, Galway, Ireland
+353 87 650 5228
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Scones and Sheep - what a combination!

We got to make scones and learn how a sheep farm works. What a great combination and history and... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2017
Commerce Township, Michigan
via mobile
Fun on the farm

This is a must do for anyone traveling to the area. Starting with the best scones on the planet and... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
Matt P
via mobile
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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
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Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

We got to make scones and learn how a sheep farm works. What a great combination and history and fun!

1  Thank GManEagle
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

This is a must do for anyone traveling to the area. Starting with the best scones on the planet and some Irish humor from our hostess and then off to learn the truth about wool and the economics of the farm, Fenton was candid and...More

1  Thank Matt P
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

The good: The tour was very enjoyable. Ted (the border collie) was a sweet dog who put on a good herding show, and Fenton was interesting to listen to. The tea and scones were fantastic after a drizzly and windy Irish day. The bad: We...More

1  Thank KathyWichita
Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

Me. Fenton made us feel right at home on his lovely farm. We watched the border collie herd the sheep, fed baby lambs, then had tea and scones with homemade jam in the country kitchen. If you have an opportunity to stop here, don't pass...More

Thank elainecpon
Reviewed 16 September 2017

Then it was on to the Rathbaun sheep farm where we went into a 250-year-old farmhouse for tea and delicious Scones. We then were given a short lecture about sheep farming and watched the farmer shear a sheep and maneuver the flock with the help...More

Thank Tommy599
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

As other reviewers note, the scones are the top attraction. A marvelous not-quite high tea experience. For city folk and children, the sheep shearing and border collie herding are interesting, but we've seen better farm demonstrations. Worth noting is the completely restored thatch roof cottage...More

Thank Peter K
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

This stop was part of a 5-day tour of Ireland. The offering of making your own scones was what attracted me to this particular tour. It was everything I'd hoped. Gracious, informative hosts; fun, hands on cooking event that all could be involved in; tour...More

Thank knfcat3
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Rathbaun Farm in Ardrahan, Co. Galway is the bucolic setting of eighty acres where visitors are graciously greeted by Fintan Connolly and his wife. Mr. Connolly unselfishly shares his expertise acquired from his ancestors and his years of actively working the farm from sheep shearing,...More

Thank nicarafiki
Reviewed 22 August 2017

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 21 August 2017

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
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