Mar. 1, 2020

Expect the Unexpected

Who would have thought that Ballinagar would be a place people would come to when on holidays in Ireland. Well, let me just tell you all, that it has become that. Since October last year we have had visitors from Fresno, Buffalo, Riga and Puerto Rica just to name a few places.

Hilltop Farm Alpacas has become more popular than we could ever have expected when we first opened the farm to visitors. But it didn’t all just happen by chance – hard work has created this growing opportunity for us here at Hilltop Farm. Out own website – – has seen a large jump in viewership figures in the last eight months.

It’s not just about seeing larger numbers booking-in that is the best thing though, Don’t get me wrong, it is important, but it’s seeing the reactions on the faces of our visitors as they walk among our friendly alpacas that is the most rewarding. People are getting a real kick out of the soft nature of our animals; being able to pet them; get selfies with them and even sneaking a little kiss on occasion.

However, one of the most rewarding visits was that of a group of Puerto Ricans who came to Ireland for four days and spent one of their afternoons with our alpacas. They even sent us a fantastic video of their visit. One of the guys worked in the tourism industry at home and he was really impressed with Hilltop Farm Alpacas.

So it just goes to show that if you put in the work, you will get some return. It then just depends on how much you want to ultimately achieve.

Keep it here with us and we’ll let you know how we are getting on.


Alan & Catriona.