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Address: 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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Stopped here to see both the fort and the sheepdog show. There were archaeology students working on the fort, and the woman was very very interesting. She answered all our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We squeezed this stop in on our trip as we were leaving the Burren and it was definitely worth it. The sheep dog demo was very fun, interesting, informative, and not crowded. I would highly recommend for everyone...young and old alike. The fort was informative but the real attraction is the sheep dogs and the lambs. We would definitely go... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped here to see both the fort and the sheepdog show. There were archaeology students working on the fort, and the woman was very very interesting. She answered all our questions and volunteerd other info which enhanced the experience. Definitely talk to her, it is worth it. The sheepdog show is fabulous! The guy is hilarious and the dogs are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stopped here on our trip thru the Burren. The entrance fee was a bit steep for what was on offer. We didn't catch the sheepdog show. There were a group of students out doing some work in the fort, and they were quite nice in explaining what they were doing and what they had found. the guidebook and the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We saw their brochure at out hotel and wanted to see that sheepdogs in action before leaving the country. It was a windy and rainy day, but the dogs faired far better than us. They were eggar to work and their handler explained a lot about how it's done, and the difference between sheep and cattle hearing dogs ( the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The stone fort itself was interesting, with a guide book that took a little work to understand but had a lot of good info. The best part, though, was the sheep dog demonstration. They had a sheep dog and a cattle dog and moved a group of sheep through a series of fences, and showed how they control the dogs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came with the kids to see the fort and the sheepdogs display and it was really worth it. Dogs display takes about 30 minutes, great to watch and is full of interesting facts. Kids loves it and so did we. Then went on to see the fort. The facilities are really impressive. Audiovisual room with a 20min movie about... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took my 18 year old niece and our only reason for visiting was the sheepdog demo. It was well worth the trip! Greg obviously loves those dogs. We learned about the different kinds of sheep in Ireland and about the sheep industry.

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

Great to hear you enjoyed the demonstrations! Those dogs have fans all over the world at this stage. Greg really enjoys the demonstrations and he always has a smile and a story for everyone he meets. Thanks for the great review! More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Made a particular trip to visit the Iron Age stone fort and although the fort itself was impressive I felt it was over priced compared to other sites in the Ireland, particularly Poulnabrone Dolman ( free entrance) which is a couple of minutes up the road. There was a free comprehensive guide book and I felt that perhaps the high... More 

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

Thanks for the review Megan. We’re really glad to hear you came to see this very special site. We are lucky to be surrounded by wonderful archaeology in the Burren and in our attempt to preserve and protect the fort we see education as being the most important element. This is the reason we provide a comprehensive 28 page colour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to see this fort and the sheep dog demonstrations. The fort had a nice brochure and was well organized. The intro movie was a little old. It was neat that there were university students doing archeological research at the site and you could ask them questions. The cafe had many different offerings, not just the usual stuff. My... More 

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

Thanks for the lovely review Cathy! We are delighted to hear you had such a good time. A lot of thought went into the viewing area, and we are really glad it protects visitors from all the elements when they are in full swing! The students are a wonderful addition to Caherconnell. Historically this is a place of education and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is called 'Archaeological Project' in the guide book and it's clearly an active research site. The person taking admission pointed out a few things to look out for on the trail. We walked out to what's left of the fort, which is most of the outer wall and a few bits of the walls separating the rooms inside. There... More 

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

The archaeological project here is ongoing and always revealing new things. It's great to hear from people who appreciate this. We are consistently trying to improve our signage. The Burren can be a tricky place to naviagate, but that can be half the fun. Thanks for the review! Hope you enjoyed your trip to Ireland. More 

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