The present owners Gerard and Maureen Bourke and their family became the first to enjoy safe, convenient access to their home in the valley, when in the late 1980s they built a roadway over the mountainside. Many previous generations of the family had traversed the mountainside on foot to gain access to their valley or taken a dangerous route through the foreshore when the tide was out. (Seven generations of Burke's brings us back to when records began, their predecessors are now lost in the mists of time.)

No doubt this inaccessibility contributed in a major way to the preservation of the heritage of the lost valley of Uggool as only the most intrepid visitors ventured in and indeed very many of the locals will tell you today that they had never seen the lost valley previously. Having completed the roadway the family turned their attention to the creation of a looped walkway around their spectacular valley.

About us.

The Bourke (Burke, DeBurca) family have owned and farmed the Lost Valley for over a century. Before that they were employed by the landlord to farm in the valley and before that they were actually one of the families evicted and driven out, as the roofs of their homes were torn down as the Great Famine ended. In fact the Bourke family have lived in the Lost Valley for over three centuries

Traditionally the Burke'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. Ewes lamb in April and most of the Lambs are sold with the weanling cattle in Sept or Oct. Cattle and horses are removed from the trail area to a different section of the farm when the trail is in use, as a health and safety measure. ( livestock can be dangerous.)


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The Lost Valley - Beyond the end of the road

Silver Strand - Louisburgh - Co. Mayo - Ireland Tel: + 353 (0) 85 1139977

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