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Address: Caherconnell, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 65 708 9999
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Just a food stop

While we didn't tour the Stone Fort itself, or watch the sheep dog demonstrations (which we've seen before), we did avail ourselves of the nice cafeteria and gift shop run by the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 7, 2015
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Lynnwood, WA
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

I loved this stop with Barrett Tours. There was plenty of time to walk around the entire fort and visit the archeological project. I found my first ogham stone. Sheep hearing demo interesting as well. A clean restaurant and restrooms. Worthwhile stop.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Three months after our trip, we are still happily remembering the terrific time we had at Caherconnell. Our herder's name was Greg (I believe) and he was warm and wonderful in handling the dogs and making our visit memorable. After an amazing demonstration -- it truly is an art -- he taught us a few commands and allowed us the... More 

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Yarmouth, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

The archaeological site was eye opening to the ingenuity of our ancestors, but was just that. Spectacular if this is a passion; nice to see if it is not. The sheepdog demo, on the other hand, was amazing! The skill and abilities of the working dogs was unbelievable. The shepherd explained much about training with words, whistles and hand signals,... More 

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South Brunswick, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This location was a combined sheepdog demo place and an archaeological site. So while everyone else was watching dogs and sheep, I was talking with the archaeologists and students digging at the small site. Caherconnell Cashel. 10th - 15th century AD with the main dwellings and surrounding wall but they also had an early Bronze age site. It was well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We drove to Caherconnell to watch a farmer work with skilled dogs to round up sheep. The performance was terrific as was the warmth of the farmer's personality. After a windy and chilly time outside, we were invited in for a "hot drink" of sugar, rum, boiling water and a clove studded piece of lemon. The drink was delicious and... More 

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Davie, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We stopped here and had a quick bite, some coffee. We did not go inside or see the sheepdog demo. We took in what we could see of the fort from the walkway.

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Lynnwood, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

While we didn't tour the Stone Fort itself, or watch the sheep dog demonstrations (which we've seen before), we did avail ourselves of the nice cafeteria and gift shop run by the family who manages the site. Tea and a scone filled me up and gave me the energy to make it through the rest of the day on our... More 

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

Thanks for the review Dunadan and thank you for making a return visit to Caherconnell. We hope you had a great trip! If you return to Ireland again and need to stretch your legs on route to Dingle, please drop by for another homemade scone, a cup of tea and a chat. More 

Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

This was our first chance to explore Caherconnell Fort -a beautifully well preserved example of an Irish stone ring fort found in the Burren. There is a fascinating 15 minute audio-visual presentation about the fort, its people, history, archaeology, and flora. It offers superb insight into the history and archaeology of this area of the Burren. This fort is an... More 

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

Hi CelticCrossings, we look forward to 'next time' when you return to Caherconnell for the Sheepdog Demonstrations! Thank you so much for your review and for your appreciation of our Irish heritage and the enormous amount of effort by so many great people that it takes to keep our past alive. We agree, it is a wonderful treasure and one... More 

Richmond, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 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.

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

Hi John, we hope you enjoyed your lunch and it's good to hear that you enjoyed the demonstrations. Thank you so much for the nice review! More 

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

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 

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

Thanks for your review CalGirl435. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the sheepdog demonstrations, they are very engaging and a lot of fun. We hope that your trip to Ireland was a fantastic one! More 

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