In Jamese McCloy’s barn in the rolling Sperrin Hills, the only sound you’ll hear at sheep shearing time - aside from gentle birdsong - is the snip-snip of his blades as they work their way through the fluffiest fleece imaginable.

Like his father and grandfather before him, Jamese has been tending to sheep for decades, with the help of highly trained border collies, Moss, Jess & Tess (themselves from a long line of workers).

Visit the Glenshane Country Farm and discover how, with a whistle, a whisper, or a gesture, Jamese can direct the dogs to herd hundreds of remarkably well-behaved sheep.

Join Jamese as he shares his tales of farming life, and points out Slemish Mountain, where Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, worked as a shepherd 1,500 years ago.

Help him open gates to lead the flock into traditional wooden pens, make friends with Moss, Jess and Tess, breathe in the scent of fresh hay, and reach over to touch the sheep, their springy wool like candy floss.

Take shelter in the viewing gallery, built with Donegal quartz stone and timber, and marvel at the panoramic views of Slieve Gallion mountain, Lough Neagh and the Mourne mountain range.

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Sheepdogs at work

45 mins

Meet Moss, Tess and little Jess as they work and control the sheep in the field listening and obeying our whistles and commands (fingers crossed). Learn how these words and sounds have different meanings to the dogs.

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Sheepdogs at work & shearing the wool

1 hour 30 mins

The first 45 mins of this experience is the Sheepdogs At Work. The next 45 mins is a chance to see rare breeds of sheep, witness a live shearing demonstration and of course hold a baby lamb!

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Christy Lo Cascio

8th January 2020

Awesome authentic experience in an amazing location! Definitely recommend!

Rachael Leamy

9th January 2020

Would highly recommend visiting Glenshane Country Farm. Hot drinks were available, lovely hosts and got to see very cute dogs, sheep and lambs! Such a great authentic experience! Thank you!

Amber Elizabeth

10th January 2020

Glenshane Country Farm is an fantastic family run experience located amongst the most stunning scenery! The farm is beautiful and you will get an authentic farm encounter!

Alyssa Marie

5th February 2020

We had an AMAZING time at Glenshane getting a shearing lesson and getting shown how clever the dogs are! Thankyou so much for having us for an awesome experience.

Elle Kay

26th February 2020

Fantastic afternoon watching sheepdog demonstrations, seeing more breeds of sheep than I knew existed, watching a shearing demonstration & best of all - CUDDLING LAMBIES!! Best thing we’ve done on holiday.

Jillian Lyles

11th March 2020

If you're looking for a true Irish experience look no further. Glenshane Country Farm was amazing. I learned so much about sheep farming, saw the skills of the adorable sheep dogs, and got to hold a sheep! I would 100% recommend this stop to anyone coming to Northern Ireland and will definitely come back if I ever venture this way again.

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