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Caherconnell Stone Fort

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

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

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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We were driving by on the way to the Poulnabrone dolmen when we saw the signs/flags and a tour bus and decided to pull in and see what was here. We had a really interesting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
Naas, Ireland
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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had lunch there and saw the sheepdog working demonstration. The techniques and practices of using dogs on a working farm were very interesting.

San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

We went out of our way to visit this farm for the sheepdog demonstrations and we weren't disappointed. If you love dogs (or better yet, have a collie mix) you will enjoy this. The farmer gave a talk beforehand that was very interesting and informative. The dogs were amazing! We briefly walked the fort but came for the dogs. Delicious... More 

Mullingar, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Absolutely stunning example of a 10C cashel - It's a joy be able to visit a site like this & to be able to access the archaeological resources that have been compiled through years of field-work.The facilities are top class with a nicely stocked gift shop & the proximity to the Poulnabrone dolmen make this a must-see attraction.

Lakewood, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

This round stone fort is not unique, but it has been excavated by archaeologists, is in very good shape, and much of their fieldwork is summarized in a handout. It is interesting and well presented. Please, sign up for the sheepdog demonstration. We were fortunate enough to include that, and were an audience of three for this wonderful gentleman and... More 

Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

The Caherconnell Stone Fort is beautiful and your admission gets you an informative pamphlet and audio/visual tour. While we enjoyed the fort the real highlight was the sheepdog demonstration. I cannot say enough good things about it! The dogs really put on a great show for us and we stayed and chatted with the gentleman running the show for quite... More 

Dereham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Take the time to go and check out the audio/visual display in the building before you go to explore the rest of the fort. The handout is useful to add further history as to the archaeological works which have been carried out over the years. Take the time to also visit the restaurant/cafe, menu which is reasonably priced and a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We really enjoyed our visit here. The stone fort was amazing to see and the audio visual presentation really brought it to life. My 13 year old son really enjoyed the sheep dog demo. He has experience working with sheepdogs and he enjoyed talking to the man about this. The man really engaged with him and allowed him to work... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The sheep dog training show was impressive. The person explained how they train the dogs to heard sheep and was able to give a demonstration that everyone enjoyed. It is given under a cover for the soft rains of this summer. One in are party was older and without asking they brought out a chair for her to sit and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The stone fort here is is in a nice condition. It's great to walk around and and imagine people living in a small settlement. If you don't know much about ringforts, I highly recommend reading the booklet provided to have a better understanding and appreciation of this site. Plus, the archaeology school nearby continues to excavate the site, finding new... More 

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Naas, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We were driving by on the way to the Poulnabrone dolmen when we saw the signs/flags and a tour bus and decided to pull in and see what was here. We had a really interesting visit to the fort and I love how we were given a proper information booklet. It really is well done. We didn't watch the whole... More 


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