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Caherconnell Stone Fort

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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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A great day out in a beautiful location!

Spectacular scenery at the fort but the highlight was playing shepherdess for the day. The people on the farm were so friendly and getting to see the dogs at work up close was a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
Lisa M
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Spectacular scenery at the fort but the highlight was playing shepherdess for the day. The people on the farm were so friendly and getting to see the dogs at work up close was a real pleasure. I have never seen working dogs before and was amazed by just how intelligent they are! Fantastic value and a memorable day.

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Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This attraction has it all - unique place with visitor centre - shop & coffee shop - NUIG (National University of Ireland Galway) have Archaeologists excavating on site during the Summer - the Tour Guides are excellent and give a detailed history of the landscape and the people.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The Caherconnell Stone Fort is an interesting example of the many ring forts that are scattered along Ireland's landscape. What makes this one special is the Sheep Dog Demonstrations that accompany the ring fort. If you have kids along, then they will be thrilled you stopped-by. We had our 12 year old daughter and she was thrilled with the talk... More 

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

Dear JALance, thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you and your daughter had a nice visit...it's a great time of year to come to Caherconnell, the lambs are adorable! Please call again to say hello if you are ever back in The Burren. More 

Framlingham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We dropped in on a drive round the Burren. Surprised to find we had to pay. Even more surprised to find what we had paid for. It was certainly not worth the money. Felt quite cheated.

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

Hi LdeVP. We are sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit to Caherconnell, it never pleases us to see people leave dissatisfied with any aspect of their visit as we always work hard to provide a unique and enjoyable visitor experience. The 28 page, full colour visitor booklet that you would have received with your admission has been... More 

Tralee, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We visited fort on march 2014 in order to watch a sheepdog demonstration and it was wonderful experience! John is very skilled trainer and lovely person. Sheepdogs Ross and Lee are real stars :) they do great fantastic job. They stole my heart! Very funny at some points thanks to charming sheepdogs as they watched carefully every single step and... More 

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

Thank you Magdalena L...Glad you enjoyed the demos. We agree completely...how could you not love those dogs! You're not too far away, so hopefully we will see you again if you are ever in the area, even if it's only for a cup of coffee. More 

Dublin 18
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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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Caherconnell_1, Public Relations Manager at Caherconnell Stone Fort, responded to this review

R-G-Dublin, you know the place almost as well as we do! Thank you so much for your lovely review, we're glad you like it at Caherconnell and that you enjoyed both the Fort visit and the demos. Next time you visit be sure to introduce yourself! 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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Caherconnell_1, Public Relations Manager at Caherconnell Stone Fort, responded to this review

Thank you Dave S for your review. It's good to hear that you and your wife enjoyed the sheepdog demonstrations and that you left Caherconnell with some good memories. If you are ever in Co.Clare again, please come back try Fort visit. More 

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

Hi mariamoraha and thanks for taking the time to review Caherconnell. We're glad that you both enjoyed your visit, even if you did enjoy it a little more than your boyfriend! For anyone with an interest in history or archaeology, the fort is must see but ,as you pointed out, some people will enjoy it more than others,.That being said... More 

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

Thank you Carly H, we're glad you enjoyed the demos and had some fun! More 

Mays Landing, New Jersey
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Caherconnell_1, Public Relations Manager at Caherconnell Stone Fort, responded to this review

Hi Antonino C, and thank you so much for your review. We should have responded before this but we close for the season at the end of October and things tend to slow down a lot at Caherconnell after that! We're glad that you enjoyed the sheepdog demonstrations and eating in the Cafe. Your positive review and words of wisdom... More 

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