Now located in the Slea Head Famine Cottages are working sheepdog performances. Visitors can view a local sheep-farmer skilfully working his sheepdogs in gathering and controlling sheep movement. This skill has been handed down from generation to generation as sheep have been kept here on Mount Eagle for hundreds of years. This is the only location in West Kerry offering such an attraction.
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.
Opening Times & Booking
The Famine Cottages are open to visitors daily from the beginning of April to the end of October. Sheepdog demonstrations are by appointment only and advanced booking is essential. Please contact us to plan your visit and learn about upcoming events.
We are located on Slea Head Drive, part of the Wild Atlantic Way, close to popular heritage sites including the Dunbeg Fort and Beehive Huts. While you’re here, take in the fantastic views of the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Bay, and the Skellig Islands.