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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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
| Carron, Caherconnell, Ireland
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Reviewed November 24, 2018

The remains of the Fort are in the Burren, It is a desolate area with empty space on the limestone terrain. This fort is an excavated archeologist treasure. It is ancient and somewhat preserved.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank LollysLook
Reviewed November 3, 2018

How to explain the culture of people who settled in this barren area of Ireland hundreds of years ago? This ongoing archaeological site is so well presented. Lots of level paths for people with strollers and walkers. Enough rocks to last a lifetime. Glad we...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 10, 2018

We stopped at many excavated and unexcavated ring forts in our travels around Ireland, but the Caherconnell ring fort was one of the biggest and most excavated. If you're into anthropology and archaeology this is a must-visit. It's a little pricey to get in and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank dropalinetoemily
Reviewed October 10, 2018

Great fort, only 6 euros for a walk around. I am glad I saw it. You can self guide your way through, nice to imagine how it all would have been back in the day. The area surrounding was beautiful. It was a nice break...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 30, 2018

A great place to put on you "To See/Do List." The stone fort was interesting and the guide booklet was very informative. Don't miss the sheep dog demonstration. Also, the food served at the on-site café was very good and reasonably priced.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Johna R
Reviewed September 10, 2018

It was wet and cold when we stopped at the Coherconnell Stone Fort, but it was worth it for the sheep dog demonstration. Lin, Leigh, and Rose are well trained collies who herded a group of sheep by voice and whistle commands. We took a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Daydream772820
Reviewed August 29, 2018

The fort is well preserved and is an ongoing archeological dig, the details of which are well documented by on-site materials. That said, the REAL thrill is the nearby sheepdog demonstration! This turned out to be an unexpected highlight of our trip. The demonstrator was...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ProfRT
Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

We visited Caherconnell to see the stone fort, and it was interesting enough - the short film we found very useful in visualising the fort as it was in the past. What stole the show, though, was the sheepdog demonstration. It was absolutely amazing, we...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank megalithman1
Reviewed August 14, 2018

Planned a visit in time for snack lunch and then the working sheep dog demonstration. Homemade leak & potato soup, scrumy with a generous freshly made beef sandwich and all for only €7.95. The sheep dog demo stole the show and to know that this...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I along with our 2 boys visited the site and found it enjoyable. We had lunch in the cafe and it was delicious. The gift shop had many treasures. We also loved learning the history of the fort and surrounding areas. Cool...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Heather M
May 23, 2017|
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Response from domhnall_kaps | Reviewed this property |
You can just buy your tickets upon arrival at the fort, but check the website for the sheepdog demonstration times for the day you plan on visiting.
February 11, 2017|
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Response from biarritz99 | Reviewed this property |
There is a restaurant and bathrooms at the site. The sheepdog demonstration is behind the restaurant and lasts about 30 minutes. The site is a 3 minute walk and how long you spend depends on your level of interest.i think we... More
March 8, 2015|
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Response from Rick B | Reviewed this property |
If there on a Sunday sometimes finding place to eat can be tricky as usually all you can get for dinner is a toastie. One of our favorite ruins is Kilmacduagh Abbey. No admission, always "open". You can get visitor guide... More
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Trip report - part 2 (9 Replies)
Trip Report #2 – County Clare Day 4: Stopped by Cormcomroe Abbey just outside Ballyvaughan and then headed to the Burren Perfumery where we were meeting a woman I met via an internet posting for a slow food festival. As we were driving along, we saw a sign for the Parknabinnia (I think) wedge tomb. We drove up this very steep and winding road with exceptional views. Found the tomb and, although it was on someone’s farm, I have to admit that we climbed the fence and went over to it....More
June 08, 2009|
Response fromLaramie_7|
No need to shorten, they are very informative and entertaining!
Boca Raton, Florida
Trip Report-Adare Base-Part 3-Burren (4 Replies)
The weather on Monday looked promising, so we decided to drive out to the Burren. We made the requisite photo stop at the ghostly shell of Leamanagh Castle, where I dished all the dirt on its last resident, the legendary Maire Rua, and we all imagined what a beautiful home this must have been at one time. From there we proceeded to the Burren Perfumery, and I think we must have gone an alternate route, because it wasn’t as straight-forward as it had looked on the map. We all enjoyed the...More
July 30, 2008|
Response fromferdia35|
BocaBibi - great report, sounds like you really found the soul of the Burren. I see this is report 3, so will find the others! Thanks.
Brenda P
Eagan, Minnesota
Need a little help with our directions! (2 Replies)
We will be coming down from Galway and we intended to see the Cliffs of Moher and then spend one night in Ennis before moving on to Dingle the next day. We thought it would be cool to see the Sheepdog demonstation at Caherconnell Stone Fort. How should I approach this most efficiently - the shows are at 11:45am daily. Should we get up early go the Cliffs and then cut over to Caherconnell and then back to Ennis? I am trying to map all of this out on AAireland routes and it can be hard to...More
August 07, 2012|
Response fromIrishFan|
No need to rush, really. Just enjoy your breakfast in Galway, stop for a couple photo ops along the way. (The Poulnabrone Dolmen is just up the road). See the sheepdogs if that's your thing and then carry on to the Cliffs. No sense in rushing to see the cliffs first as it's not on the way and there could even be fog early that would clear off later in the day.