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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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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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Nice piece if history, watch the shepherd dogs

Nice fort, giving a feel about history if the area. Paid entrance whereas similar forts in Kerry County are for free. This was a bit if a disappointment as this fort isn't that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The stone fort is ok but the real action here is the sheepdog demo. That was fantastic and worth the drive there. Half a mile down the road is a dolmen too. Food wasn't bad.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We drove out from Ennis and it was well worth the trip. We came to see the sheepdogs in action but this Archaeological Project was just as interesting. It is so well described and well organized that all ages will find it interesting. Make sure you see the video before proceeding to the dig.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Difficult to find. Make sure you know where you are going if you are not familiar with the area. This is my first trip to Ireland and we went astray. Once we found it, it was well worth the trip. The fort was interesting. The sheepdog demonstration was simply amazing. You cannot imagine what these dogs can do. There were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here for lunch after visiting the nearby Aliwee Caves ... We weren't expecting much because it's touristy but we were well surprised!!! The staff were welcoming and friendly and the food was delicious. The menu isn't huge but what they make they make well. I had a delicious goat cheese salad and he had a generously sized soup... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice fort, giving a feel about history if the area. Paid entrance whereas similar forts in Kerry County are for free. This was a bit if a disappointment as this fort isn't that special. However, the shepherd dog show was very nice to see. Great attraction with kids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the sheep dog show. Greg was awesome, he answered all our questions and was very knowledgeable. Really fun to watch him work the dogs with both the whistle and word commands. The fort is cool too, although the audio-visual was a bit hokey.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting site to see to learn how people in this rocky area had to live. We did not see the sheep dog demo, just walked the fort. An hour is more than enough time to do that. We felt it was a little pricey but the fee is probably funding further excavation of the site. There is a small eatery... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guided tour stopped here for mid-morning snack and sheepdog demonstration. The tour company paid our admissions, so I don't know how much it cost. The gentleman giving the demonstration was very kind and explained what he was doing before each "round." I can't speak to the fort at all as we only saw the demonstration and had tea in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family of 4 enjoyed seeing the fort, but it was pretty expensive for what you get. There is no family rate (if you have kids older than 12). It's basically a movie followed by a self-guided tour of the fort. It was interesting, but the cost was pretty high (in my opinion). I found the nearby Poulnabrone Dolmen much... More 

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

We do make every effort to make sure we provide the best possible service and give our visitors as much information as possible during their visit to Caherconnell. We provide everybody with a comprehensive 28 page colour booklet to help them understand just how special this site is. Our Audio-visual presentation is 20 minutes long and revolves around the fort,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm a huge archaeology nut so going to this fort was a treat. There were students actively excavating parts of the fort and the woman connecting with visitors was wonderful to talk about the project with! It's an amazing site and so much history- very well presented, both to those of us that know archaeology and those that are brand... More 

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

Thank you for your lovely review Morgan618cs! It's great to hear that you had the time to experience everything on offer at Caherconnell - it really is a fantastic place to spend a couple of hours. You were very lucky to be able to talk to Susan - the lady that would have been speaking to people on the day... More 

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