We opened ‘The Lost Valley‘ to the public in June 2015 as a unique, totally authentic visitor experience. We are committed to building a quality reputation by providing the highest standards of service and experience to each and every one of our guests. Thank you to all who visited us during 2017 and a special thanks to those who posted such positive encouraging reviews in both social and print media, Gerard & Maureen
'Tripadvisor Voted #1 of 289 Sights and Landmarks in Western Ireland and #4 of 626 things to do in Western Ireland" (Valid on 9 - 3 - 2018).
Reviewed 14 September 2015
Serendipity...an amazing find. A warm welcome from Gerard and Maureen Bourke.The walk is at a steady leisurely pace interspersed with a fascinating and biographical account of the famine history in this area. Fantastic scenery and a welcome cuppa on route (also toilet facilities). Sturdy shoes needed. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
Reviewed 20 September 2015
I highly recommend going to discover this part of Irish landscape and history. Gerard and Maureen have done a beautiful job in preserving the authentic nature of this area and making it accessible to experience on a gentle walk over 3 hours. It is a treasured experience filled with story telling, history of the surrounding area, views that take your breath away and where the spirit of the land is palpable. Suitable for all ages.
Reviewed 24 August 2015
This is one of the most spectacular walks you will ever encounter. The sheer beauty of the area encompassing wonderful sea and mountain views is beyond description. You are far from the normal "tourist" trips here as your hosts are the latest generation of a family that has lived, loved, hated, and adored this land that gave them succour and fed them for the last three centuries. Their intimate knowledge, not only of the land as it is today but of their actual family history and that of their historical neighbours that have long since departed Uggool, is a facination in social history that you won't find written in the history books.
The sheer quiet and solitude, matched with the scenery which I am sure, will make you want to come back again to experience this "food for the soul". Let your imagination run wild with you on viewing the ruins and sites of the ruined villages that were once the life and soul of life along the Killary fijord. Imagine what life must have been like in thoses bygone days when everything was operated by muscle power and the immense hardships those folk endured tempered by the magnificent sea and landscapes that you will witness.
We have been there on many, many occasions and still feel mentally uplifted every time we go "back to the West"
Reviewed 1 October 2015
Amazing experience not to be missed, i will certainly be going back. We could not have been made to feel more welcome. The Guides Gerard and Maureen were so friendly and helpful not just during the tour but after too, helping us plan the rest of our trip. The scenery is breathtaking and the stories behind it even more so. There is a stillness in the experience which you take with you.
Reviewed 15 September 2015
Gerard Bourke (and his wife) take you back to 1840s Ireland and the beginning of the Famine. Walking through his lands he shows you the lazy beds where the potato crop failed, the tumbled down stone cottages from which the villagers were evicted, he regales the stories passed down by his ancestors and not only brings back to life old Ireland before the emigration of the 1840s and 50s but demonstrates an Ireland which survived not only through that period but also through ancient times and continues today. It is a fascinating tour, full of fresh air and magnificent scenery. Suitable for all ages and capabilities. (bring your togs for a swim on the wonderful public beach at the entrance)! He shows off his dog handling skills which he uses in sheep farming also - which is great fun to watch.
Reviewed 30 September 2015
A wonderful afternoon, fabulous scenery and a most enjoyable leisurely walk with a very interesting account of the effects of the famine on the local population and area.
A great afternoon was made even better by the provision of tea or coffee plus toilet facilities mid walk. The views of the Killary, the only fjord in Ireland, are not to missed.
Reviewed 27 August 2015
This new attraction (June 2015) is a window to past poignant times in one of the most lonely part of the West of Ireland. Designated as a "Natural Heritage Area" and a "Special Area of Conservation by the EU.
Uggool (Ubh lolair) means "Eagles Egg" is a step back to the cultural roots of this part of Ireland and their struggles with survival.
The family Bourke have lived in this area for a least three centuries and Gerard and Maureen Bourke personally look after the small groups that are taken on a hike through the "Lost Valley of the Eagles Egg".