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Caherconnell Stone Fort

Carron, Caherconnell, Ireland
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Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Caherconnell Stone Fort, situated 1km south of Poulnabrone dolmen in the heart of the Burren Ireland , offers you the opportunity to visit an... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Most of the reviews focus on the sheep dog demonstrations. We opted out of that since we have seen them in other countries. We focused on the ring fort itself and the AV presentation. We have been here numerous times when visiting the nearby dolmen but never visited the fort. We decided to do so this time and are glad... More

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Gibbon, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Stone Fort is right next to a working farm. Visitors were always hanging over the fence watching the dogs herd sheep, so the land owner said he'd commit to giving demonstrations. Really fascinating to watch. Great for kids. The young man gave a solid presentation about rearing, training, and using the dogs with whistles and hand commands, fielded dozens of... More

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McCormick, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Have visited sheepdog venues many times. This is unique in how the dogs work and the in-depth conversation with the dog handler. As a bonus you get to watch them work cows. Although we did not have time to also do the fort, it too looked like a great opportunity.

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hardinsburg, KY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We didn't check out the fort since we were a little pressed for time and had come specifically to see the dogs. We had just happened to see a brochure while at the Cliffs of Mohrer and decided to go here and I am so glad we did. My daughter and I were with a group of non English speaking... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Interesting site, and getting more so with the continuing excavations. Excellent fun watching John and the working dogs - even more so when he invites people to have a try. As for the cafe, you have to try Marie's scones, even if you have to wait for them out of the oven. Thanks Marie for sharing your recipe.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We went to Caherconnell during our recent trip to the Burren. As we were a little stuck for time we did not visit the stone fort but we did not want to go home without seeing the sheep dogs. The demonstration gave us an excellent overview of the work these beautiful dogs do. First a young sheep dog called Lee... More

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Apple Valley, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Our unexpected stop at Caherconnell was one of the highlights of our week in Ireland. Our group of 4 arrived just in time to watch John and his dogs and learn about herding before we checked out the fort. The demo and fort were both very interesting and well worth a visit. The cafe offers a nice variety of items... More

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

Dear Sue, Thank you for your review and for taking the time for an unexpected stop at Caherconnell. We are glad to hear that your visit was a good one and that you enjoyed your visit to the Fort and Demos. Lucky you, getting to sit outside and enjoy the cheese platter! The weather doesn't always allow it, so you... More

Galway, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I visited Caherconnel today with my 4 children. We don't live too far away and we were having a "free" day in the Burren - so we didn't visit the stone fort on this occasion. (Although we have visited the fort before - which is interesting and worth a visit if history is your thing). But I wanted to recommend... More

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

Thank you so much for your very nice review of our Cafe! The Cafe does sometimes get overlooked, but the food there is delicious and there is something for everyone on the menu. Favourites with customers would be, (as mentioned) the carrot cake, Goats Cheese Salad with beetroot, croutons and balsamic dressing, the BLT with honey and mustard mayonnaise and... More

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133 reviews 133 reviews
31 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The fort was well preserved and the presentation is very nice. The admission price included a tour book which was very high quality. We could not figure out how to see the sheep dog demonstration from the fort. Otherwise we had a nice visit.

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

Thank you Shibumi 365 for your review! Our booklet took some time to put together. A lot of work (and archaeological excavation!) was involved so we are glad to hear that you were happy with the quality. Sorry to hear you missed the sheepdog demonstrations, but if you are ever back in Co.Clare again, please come and visit us, we... More

Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This stone fort is an exceptionally well preserved example and is over 1000 years old. The AV presentation was excellent and really brought to life how, and who, lived here centuries ago. It was great and really interesting. There's a welcoming coffee shop too where we relaxed after looking at the fort and the sheepdog demonstration. What to say about... More

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

Thank you so much for your review. The amount of time, patience and effort involved in training Rose, Lee and Sally is immense and we think it really shows when people see the demonstrations. It is such a bonus when people acknowledge all of John & Greg's hard work, thank you again. It was also nice to see that you... More

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