Located on the spectacular Slea Head Drive on the Wild Atlantic Way, Dingle Sheepdogs presents a memorable experience for visitors to Dingle, County Kerry. Visitors can view a local sheep-farmer skillfully working his sheepdogs in gathering and controlling sheep movement. The commands are in native Irish with the skill being handed down from generation to generation as sheep have been kept here on Mount Eagle for hundreds of years.
Visitors are also given valuable insights into the sheep-farmers way of working. Learn how local farmers could forecast the weather long go, tell the time when many of the poor could not afford a watch, or even how they managed to communicate with relatives living ten miles away.
Dating back to the 1800's, the ancestral home of the Kavanagh family remains as it would have appeared during famine times in Ireland.
Visit recently excavated Beehive Huts dating from the 7th century. Learn about these fascinating buildings and understand how people of the locality lived at these times.
Meet and greet the friendly animals on the farm. Free food is available to feed the ponies, donkeys and cute little lambs. Come cuddle the pet lambs when in season.
Watch a local sheep-farmer herd sheep in the traditional manner with his team of well-trained Border Collies.
Visit the historic Famine Cottages. Dating back to the early 1800's, the ancestral home of the Kavanagh family remains as it would have appeared during the Irish Potato Famine.
Meet and greet with the friendly ponies, donkeys, goats and pet lambs.
Max and Conner put on a great show. We had a great time watching the dogs work the sheep and learning about their training.
So interesting watching the dogs work with Gabriel. They are so well trained & so young. Their management of the sheep upon command...extraordinary!
Great fun to see the dogs in action, including one that's still learning the ropes. The famine cottage was very moving - a good bit of history.
We loved it. We are dog lovers and to see captain (the dog) so keen to work was fun. The kind owner was direct and helpful as well as a third generation farmer. The demonstration was about 30 minutes and before hand you had time to visit older informational cottages.
The sheep dogs, sailor and boz, were so sweet and obviously love their job! The sheep herder was funny, friendly and knowledgeable. The atmosphere was relaxed and authentic - definitely not touristy at all. Great experience and I highly recommend it!
Very entertaining and dogs are just too willing to please. Show just how difficult this is even with the dogs. Friendly laid back atmosphere and also visited the famine cottages. We were a group of 12 and the show was enjoyed by all.