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Address: Carron, Caherconnell, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 65 708 9999
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Description: 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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Loved the sheep dog demonstration

Went to the fort to watch the sheepdog demonstration given by Greg. Fascinating to watch these dog respond to whistles and move the sheep as instructed. Most of the time... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 23, 2014
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Roanoke, Virginia
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Dublin 18
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Touring the Burren often I have stopped into Caherconnell a few times now to show the sheep herding demonstrations. I've enjoyed demonstrations in other places and can honestly say that they do a fantastic job. Everyone enjoys a great view and sees both sheep and cattle herding which was really interesting. Various breeds are shown and explained to you also.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We visted the sheepdog demonstrations because my wife really loves animals. We had one of the best times. We recommend renting a car and driving there. John is one of the nicest guys and his dogs are very friendly too. It is a great experience for all ages. We will remember it forever.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We actually stumbled on this accidentally. We had just missed the ferry to the Aran Isles and were driving around looking for something to do when we saw signs for the Stone Fort. We got the entry to look around the Stone Fort and the sheepdog demonstration. The information given and the videos about the way of life of the... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We stopped specifically for the sheep dog demonstration. We were in the area visiting Poulnabrone. The demo was really fun and informative. I was allowed to try and direct the dogs after being taught some simple calls. This was a really fun stop for us and if you are in the area already you will enjoy this demo. We didn't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I cannot see how anyone can be disappointed, at least not by the restaurant and the sheepdog demonstration. We didn't do anything else. I never even knew there was a video until now. As a devotee of herding dogs, it was as good as I have seen. The young man who ran the dogs did a magnificent job and went... More 

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Ontario
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We stopped here on the way to the Poulnabrone Dolmen. I confess, that my husband and I didn't even realize that it was a paid attraction - we honestly did not see any signage to this effect and assumed it was a nationally funded public treasure, like the National Museum of Ireland. We assumed the gift shop and cafe and... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

They charge 7 euros to enter this site but I can't say it's worth it. It is indeed a cool thing to see, but I saw another ring fort in county Donegal that was free and more impressive. Granted that one was restored. They do have a small information center which sheds light on the entire area and its history.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Went to the fort to watch the sheepdog demonstration given by Greg. Fascinating to watch these dog respond to whistles and move the sheep as instructed. Most of the time, anyway. They will also herd cows and that was demonstrated. Later that day we happened to go by a farmer using 2 dogs to herd a large flock of sheep... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The stacked stone walls were impressive and gave a sense of how these forts/homes were constructed and used. Most amazing to me was that there one of these every Km throughout the Burren. There were no towns or villages only separate family homes/forts. The video was not as informative as I expected.

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Caherconnell_1, Public Relations Manager at Caherconnell Stone Fort, responded to this review

Thank You stuphoto9. We are happy to hear that you had a nice visit and that the effort involved in building the Fort wall was not lost on you, it is pretty amazing. We are sorry that you found the AV disappointing but we feel that it does give people a sense of what life was like in the Fort... More 

Denver, Colorado
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This was our second visit to Caherconnell Stone Fort, and in some ways it was more interesting than the first, because we were just in time to see a fascinating demonstration of sheep and cattle dogs by their handler. The dogs were the stars of the show, and were quite clearly enjoying their work, but we learned some interesting facts... More 

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Caherconnell_1, Public Relations Manager at Caherconnell Stone Fort, responded to this review

Hi gwernin..Thank you for visiting Caherconnell for a second time, it's nice to hear that you enjoyed it just as much as the first time! You would have been very lucky in experiencing some of the beautiful Autumn mornings we had in September this year..it was such lovely month. We very much hope that you will have the chance to... More 

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