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Caherconnell Stone Fort

| Carron, Caherconnell, Ireland
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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 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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  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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| Carron, Caherconnell, Ireland
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Reviewed September 15, 2017

Our group stopped here and had lunch. I didn't personally go to the ring fort, but did see the sheep dog demonstration. Quite entertaining. The food was good and ample portions. There is a bit of shopping available here. If you have been out in...More

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Reviewed September 15, 2017

The Sheep Dog Herding Demonstration was a trip highlight for my husband and myself----fourth generation trainer who did an amazing job of explaining and demonstrating what is involved in this art form. After seeing so many sheep everywhere in Ireland, this really gave us an...More

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Reviewed August 29, 2017 via mobile

We just recently visited Caherconnell on our way to the Cliffs of Moher a few days ago. The staff was great and my wife and I loved the sheepdog show. The way these animals are trained was just fantastic. Watching their animal instincts kick in...More

Thank Eric V
Caherconnell_1, Public Relations Manager at Caherconnell Stone Fort, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2017

Thank you so much for your review Eric - we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the demos and your lunch! Our dogs are amazing and they work very hard, it's nice that people appreciate this and get such enjoyment from the demonstrations....More

Reviewed August 27, 2017 via mobile

€17 for family ticket to see the ring fort, I don't see how they can charge for this. We don't need a booklet and ticket desk for this. 15 minutes of your time will suffice so look around, so not worth the money. Poulnabrone dolmen...More

Thank Dfee26
Caherconnell_1, Public Relations Manager at Caherconnell Stone Fort, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2017

We're sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your vist Dfee26. Caherconnell is in private ownership and receives no State funding, so the admission fees must cover maintenance, security, presentation, visitor insurance etc. If you read the booklet, you would understand that the significance of...More

Reviewed August 26, 2017

This ancient farmstead, built as a ring fort, is thought to date from the 10th century, but there is some evidence of habitation on site as early as the 6th and 7th centuries. It was continuously occupied until the mid-1750's. Because of its size and...More

Thank Quasimama
Caherconnell_1, Public Relations Manager at Caherconnell Stone Fort, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2017

Thanks Quasimama for visiting us at Caherconnell and for taking the time to write such a detailed review. We can see that you took the time to use your booklet and learn about the history of this ring fort - this is exactly what we...More

Reviewed August 24, 2017

We went on a very rainy day when we didn't want to go far but wanted to do something with two small children (4 and 7). We were staying in Fanore. I had read on another review about sheep dog demos and to be honest,...More

Thank Hollyhead1
Caherconnell_1, Public Relations Manager at Caherconnell Stone Fort, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2017

Thank you for your lovely review Hollyhead1. It's good to hear that you and your family enjoyed your time at Caherconnell. We hope the weather improved a little after that and the hot drinks in the cafe warmed you all up!

Reviewed August 23, 2017

We were there on a day where the rain swept sideways. Even so, the sheep dog demonstration went on as normal. There was a dog in training named Lee, who was a young dog that kept pushing the boundaries of what he was asked to...More

Thank teachmuzic
Caherconnell_1, Public Relations Manager at Caherconnell Stone Fort, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2017

Hi Teachmuzic. It's so good to hear that you enjoyed your first stop in Ireland. We're sorry to hear the weather was not the best hopefully it improved a little after that. On the bright side, there is nothing like a bowl of hot, homemade...More

Reviewed August 19, 2017

There are many ring forts in Ireland, however Caherconnell Stone Fort is one of the best preserved examples. We took a self guided tour of the fort and we got a very informative & easy to follow guide book, with great information and well marked...More

Thank Michael B
Caherconnell_1, Public Relations Manager at Caherconnell Stone Fort, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2017

Thanks for the great review Michael!It tells anybody considering a visit everything that they need to know! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Caherconnell.

Reviewed August 7, 2017

Ireland has many ringforts. What makes this stone ringfort special is the archaeological field work that's been done to date the periods when the fort was in use and to describe the activities carried out there -- as summarized in the booklet provided with your...More

Thank OutWest2017
Caherconnell_1, Public Relations Manager at Caherconnell Stone Fort, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2017

Hi Outwest2017 and thanks for your lovely review! The Burren really is a beautiful part of the world and we are lucky that we are surrounded by some wonderful archaeological sites. Here at Caherconnell we try to illustrate the unique archaeological, geological and botanical beauty...More

Reviewed July 29, 2017 via mobile

Been here a few times before .Every time I leave here I'm full to the brim!! The portions are good,so is the quality of the food.its not overpriced neither. Lovely setting,and every time I'm up that way, I will call in.

Thank ricky01quin
Caherconnell_1, Public Relations Manager at Caherconnell Stone Fort, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2017

Hi Ricky, We do love to hear from a satisfied visitor to the Café. We always try to make sure nobody leaves hungry and we’re glad we are succeeding! Thanks for your lovely review and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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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.
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Poshpom
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
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Dutchie98
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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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