'We've never looked back' - meet the family who gave up their 9-5 jobs to open an alpaca farm in Galway

By: Rachel Farrell
Photo: Courtesy of Curraghduff Farm

Photo Caption: The ‘Ultimate Alpaca Experience’ is a two hour experience that allows people to enjoy a gentle walk with the alpacas.

Original content from Independent.

 A family has said they are "so much happier" after leaving their steady jobs in the UK to follow their dream of setting up an alpaca farm in Ireland. When Ruth Newton and her husband Stewart moved to Ireland from the north-east of England in August 2017, they left behind their full-time jobs as mental health nurses for the NHS to move to a quaint little town in the west of Ireland.

Alongside their son Charlie (15), the Newton family decided to fulfil their dream of living on a rural farm surrounded by animals- or what ended up being mostly alpacas.

"It was very stressful. It got too much, it was difficult to find the work life balance. As a family we knew something had to change," Ruth told Independent.ie.

"We thought to ourselves, if we won the lotto, what would we do? We didn't win the lotto, but we all decided we wanted to live in the country with animals."

The family looked at parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland at first before settling on the idyllic Curraghduff Farm in Oughterard, Co Galway, overlooking Lough Corrib.

Ruth explains that the family knew they had to have some sort of income coming in, and together they came up with the idea of opening a 'glamping' (glamorous camping) facility - accompanied by alpacas.

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