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Caherconnell Stone Fort

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Address: | Carron, Caherconnell, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 65 708 9999
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Caherconnell Stone Fort, situated 1km south of Poulnabrone dolmen in the...

Caherconnell Stone Fort, situated 1km south of Poulnabrone dolmen in the heart of the Burren Ireland , offers you the opportunity to visit an exceptionally well - preserved example of the stone forts or stone ringforts which are to be found in the Burren Ireland.The fort is in its original state. Its position, overlooking virtually all-surrounding areas suggests a defensive settlement.

Archaeological excavations take place each summer in association with 'CAFS' - Caherconnell Archaeological Field School- an International Field School accredited by NUI, Galway.

As well as a trip to the Fort, visitors can also take in the Burren's Premier Sheepdog Demonstrations at Caherconnell,enjoying the combined skills of the farmer and the border collie as they work in the natural habitat of the Burren.

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This Ringfort is very well laid out and easily accessible.Nice Local Stonework on sides of tarmacademed path on way in.A Real Gem Also Sheepdog Demonstrations available at... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This Ringfort is very well laid out and easily accessible.Nice Local Stonework on sides of tarmacademed path on way in.A Real Gem Also Sheepdog Demonstrations available at various times.The dog handler was very good and there were newborn lambs available for holding and photos. Also nice small restaurant with local food and great soup for a cold day.

Thank pom1952
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

This is a nice stop with a driver. If you plan time carefully you can see both the old fort (I found an ogham stone just outside its entry) see some archeological digs. Watch sheephearding from March through October. There are cafe, gift shop and very clean bathrooms as well. It's a family operated business. Check times during the holidays.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

When I first saw this Stone Fort, I thought it would be much older than dating from the 10th century. Start your tour by viewing the audio visual display and referring to the guide leaflet. Then follow the numbered route, taking time to appreciate the surrounding landscape. If you are lucky, the sheep dog display might be going on at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

The Caherconnell stone ringfort is located in the Burren Region, County Clare. The fort dates from the 10th to the 12th century. The walls are 3 meters thick and up to 3 meters high. The stone walls are constructed without mortar. My wife and I took a self-guided tour using a booklet we received at the visitors center. There is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

When we first arrived at Caherconnell Stone Fort, we were greeted by a herd of cattle enjoying their breakfast. They were gathered in front of the main building and the image was very picturesque. We were excited to see what was in store for us. We paid for the demonstration and immediately headed through the back door to a deck... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

This attractions is good place to stop if you are in area to see other sites. The sheep dog exhibition is interesting. But neither fort or dog show are worth special trip

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I would like to see these places have a way of charging that lets you see the main attraction without having to do all the extra stuff that you really do not want to do. This is a really interesting site and is worth seeing but I don't need all the extras.

Thank Dain96
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped at the Caherconnell Stone Fort on our way from the Cliffs of Moher back to our hotel in Galway. We'd toured the Cliffs in the morning, had lunch there, and then made it to Caherconnell for the 2:30 sheep-herding demonstration. It was awesome! We saw three dogs in action--Lee, Lynne, and 10-month-old Rose. We also met Sally, a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

The site provided an interested view into the life of early settlers in Ireland. It was occupied in the 7th century. We ate lunch in the visitor center.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We happened to see this site while driving through the Burren. It is not the visually most beautiful fort or site, but the video was interesting and it is a unique historical site. We were very glad we stopped here.

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