Finding the Lost Valley
The Lost Valley is pure unspoiled authentic Ireland as it used to be.
The valley's natural heritage is simply unsurpassed. The Lost Valley is designated as an ''Area of Special Scenic Importance'', a ''Special Amenity Area'' a ''Natural Heritage Area'' and a ''Special Area of Conservation'' under the European Habitats Directive.
The Lost Valley. County Mayo. Ireland
Ireland's Lost Valley is located in the heart of the 'Wild Atlantic Way' and sheltered beneath Mweelrea, (The Bald King) the highest mountain in the west of Ireland. The lost Valley offers unique views of the entrance of Ireland's only fjord Killary Harbour and if your timing is right you can also catch the visit of the dolphins who frequent the fjord.
Beyond the end of the road, The Lost Valley offers a unique window into the cultural heritage of the west of Ireland. See the ruined houses that the Irish people once lived in over 200 years ago.
Indeed the valley is in itself, arguably the finest memorial of 'the Great Famine' that remains today. Visit the ruined famine village and see the multitude of potato ridges that have remained undisturbed and unattended for nearly two centuries. Today you can see potatoes being grown here in exactly the same traditional way as in pre famine Ireland.
Join us on a fully guided cultural adventure through this spectacular valley, which is suitable for all ages. Duration is 3 hours approximately as the heritage and history of The Lost Valley will be recounted and explained, while we make our way on a well developed 5 km trail along the different points of interest in the valley.