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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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This is not only an ancient fort (which I did not actually see while there), but also includes tombs, an archaeological dig and sheepdog demonstration, which is what our tour... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Great sheepdog demonstration, highly recommend. The owner was very kind and answered any questions, let you try the commands. Dont miss it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This was, by far, one of our most enjoyable stops while visiting Ireland. We had such a personal visit with the staff and owner. We first enjoyed a delightful lunch in the cafe. Soon after we enjoyed watching the sheep dogs working hand in hand with the handler. He took the time to talk to us and answer all questions.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015 via mobile

Plan on seeing both the fort and the sheepdog demonstration. The Caherconnell Cashel is an archaeological project which made it all the more interesting. We were able to wander all through the structures and there is excellent information provided to explain the project and putting the fort into perspective. When we saw the sheep dog demonstration it was in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This is not only an ancient fort (which I did not actually see while there), but also includes tombs, an archaeological dig and sheepdog demonstration, which is what our tour group did observe. They explain how the dogs are trained to respond only to a whistle or verbal commands. They also did a bit of wool sheering. You get to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We stopped in on our way to the Cliffs of Moher, and were very glad we did! The fort itself is awesome and full of history, but the sheep dog demonstration was one of my boys favorite parts of the entire trip! we all enjoyed watching the dogs work, and playing with the retired dog that just loved attention. I... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Stone fort experience good but don't bother with sheepdog demonstration as the bus companies get priority and best position to see as there is a small viewing area. There should be a row of seats so that the people in the back can see. We waited a long time and went out of our way to see this but walked... More 

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

Hi Valerie, it’s good to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Fort but disappointing to learn that you had some issues with the Sheepdog Demonstrations. We value every visitor to Caherconnell – individual travellers and those who arrive on bus tours alike. One is never given priority over the other and we are surprised to think that anyone would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

The fort and video were very interesting, but the highlight of the day was the sheep dog demonstrations! The two dogs were amazing and we learned so much about the dogs, sheep and local practices from their handler who was willing to answer any and all questions. If you are a dog or animal lover, I highly recommend. It was... More 

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

Hi Lori M and thank you for your review, it's so nice when people are happy with their visit. It's a pity the weather wasn't better for you guys, hopefully it improved before you had to go home. If you ever make it back to Ireland be sure to call and see us, we can't promise better weather, but if... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Fort itself a real let down - half of it is off limits due to archaelogical dig (but they don't tgell you that beforehand)... audio visual intro done on the cheap (but in a lovel stone clad lobby)... fort in serious dis-repair, some restoration work would be better than what seems to be big investment in visitor centre... we felt... More 

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

Dear Garrett, We are sorry to hear that your visit was not an enjoyable one. Customer satisfaction is very important to us and it’s disappointing for us to think that anyone would leave Caherconnell dissatisfied. However, we would just like to clarify that a Family Ticket for a visit to the Fort is €17.00 and we do recommend that you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Well preserved and family owned fort in The Burren. Self Guided tour and audio and visual guides with history of the fort. See this first and then visit Poulnabrone Dolmen just down the road!

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Caherconnell_1, General Manager at Caherconnell Stone Fort, responded to this review

Hi 46Ladybug777 and thank you for your review, we're very glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Whether you are a dog lover or not, this demonstration will impress you! The two dogs herding the sheep were so responsive, smart, and energetic. Such fun to watch. And my husband and I both held a lamb, something we'll always remember. A retired border collie let us pet her as we watched the demonstration. She was very dear. I'm... More 

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

Hi Claudia, we are glad to hear you had a good time..Sally (the retired border collie) say hi..she's still out there, getting fussed over every day and loving it! More 

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Address: Address: Caherconnell, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 65 708 9999
Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Munster  >  County Clare  >  The Burren  >  Caherconnell

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