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Caherconnell Stone Fort

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Address: , 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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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
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The fort itself is small, and honestly not super interesting as it is basically just a ringwall at this point. However, the movie is somewhat informative. But the real fun is the sheepdog demo. The leader has an amusing air of comical frustration with the dogs, and watching the dogs work kept my 2 year old entertained the whole time.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

You have to be interested in ancient history to appreciate this. I thought it was just OK, but my wife loved it.

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

Hi Ken, Great to hear your wife enjoyed her visit here. With the archaeological excavations and our Sheepdog demonstrations Caherconnell is a hive of activity and we like to think there is something here for everybody. The fort is a unique archaeological monument and one which is very important to all of us here at Caherconnell. The 28 page colour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We have come here a number of times before but with young children, they always get something more out of it each time as they grow up. For the children (and for us if the truth be told!) the highlight was the sheepdog demonstration. Ring ahead to get the times and you can plan your day better with lunch etc.... More 

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

Hi Toruairc, Firstly it's always great to see people coming back to us and we are delighted you enjoyed your visit. We love to see children here and they really do seem to love the dogs. The dogs and their trainers work hard to make the demonstrations the best that they can be so it's always great to hear positive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Went there for the sheep herding demonstration. The fort was neat but not terribly interesting, but we had some time to kill until the next show. We were told the s how might start late as they were waiting on an arriving tour bus. When it was time to go out for the demonstration, the tour group was already there... More 

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

Hi jnatali68, Firstly we are delighted you enjoyed your sheepdog demonstration. The border collies really are impressive dogs and the relationship between them and their handlers is intriguing. We pride ourselves on welcoming each and everyone to Caherconnell with the highest levels of hospitality and it is always great to hear when we have reached our goal. Next time you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This is a bronze-age site in the Burren. It is an impressive ring fort in very good condition where there is an on-going archeological dig. We found it a bit overpriced, but an interesting historic site to visit. The audio-visual presentation is quite good, but the best info was in the printed booklet. We did not pay the additional fee... More 

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

Hi Steve T, We hope you had a good time during your visit to Ireland. We are glad you appreciated the fort as it stands today. It has been part of the landscape for over 1000 years and still stands as a proud reminder of our heritage here in the Burren. The booklet has been extensively researched and is updated... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We enjoyed the demo with the dogs best. They were fun to watch. We learned about the sheep, the farm. The archaeologists working on site impressed me - I enjoyed the ancient site for the farmstead. Their cafe is great. Good service super friendly, a great latte, scone and we brought a block of their cheese for the evening. Well... More 

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

Hi ShaundreaK Great to hear you you enjoyed your visit to us here at Caherconnell. Our scones are one of our best kept secrets! The excavations are proving to be very interesting this year and we have had soe really impressive finds. As for our sheepdogs their winters on the mountains are proving to be of great use to them... More 

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