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Caherconnell Stone Fort

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| 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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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| Carron, Caherconnell, Ireland
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"self guided tour"
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"sheep herding"
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"sheepdog demonstration"
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"gift shop"
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"great stop"
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"lamb"
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"viewing area"
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"cafe on site"
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"border collie"
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"interesting visit"
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"guide book"
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"visitor center"
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"rainy day"
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"county clare"
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"audio visual presentation"
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"voice commands"
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"archaeological site"
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The stone fort was interesting, but the sheepdog demonstration was amazing! I would go again just for the demonstration! We had planned for a different demonstration in Killarney, but saw a flyer for this one at our B&B in Liscannor and decided to try it...More

Thank Emily C
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

While driving through the Burren on the way to the Cliffs of Moher, stopped here for a lunch break. The Mountain Haven Cafe looked like your typical tourist trap at first glance. Instead, we found the lunch to be freshly prepared, large portions of delightful...More

Thank Shaun S
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Caherconnell_1, Public Relations Manager at Caherconnell Stone Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks Shaun! Glad to hear you enjoyed your lunch, especially when the weather is particularly good for enjoying a salad!

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We have a group of 25 friends on a 14 day holiday bus tour traveling throughout Ireland. Our tour stopped at Catherconnel. Upon leaving the female manager (I understand owner) was a BUT....yelling at our driver for stopping noting that she did not want to...More

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Caherconnell_1, Public Relations Manager at Caherconnell Stone Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear joseph b, This is a difficult review to respond to! You are quite specific about some aspects of what happened at Caherconnell but you remain vague about the time and date of your visit. We did contact you privately about this but we have...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This stone fort is probably the most impressive and best researched of its kind. The video helps to understand its context and the settlement phases over many centuries. We found the entry fee however quite high.More

Thank trooper92
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Caherconnell_1, Public Relations Manager at Caherconnell Stone Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear trooper92, we are sorry to hear that you found the admission quite high. It covers a 20 minute audio-visual presentation and a 28 page colour booklet (the result of 10 years of archaeological excavation at Caherconnell) and as you say yourself it is the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We made a point to visit right before the only sheepdog demo of the day. We were not sure exactly what to expect,but our entire family loved it! We were impressed by the way the dogs work off of the verbal and whistled commands. For...More

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Caherconnell_1, Public Relations Manager at Caherconnell Stone Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave this great review. The sheepdog demonstrations are very popular at Caherconnell and we are so glad to hear that your family enjoyed them despite not knowing what to expect! We hope you enjoyed your trip...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After the film about this ancient fort’s history, followed by going up to the Fort itself, we were blessed with a sheepdog demonstration the likes of which I had never seen before! I saw 3 dogs work as a team (most of the time) from...More

Thank Sandy W
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Caherconnell_1, Public Relations Manager at Caherconnell Stone Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much Sandy - you make your visit here sound almost idyllic and we hope it was just that! Thank you for taking the time to visit.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Short version - Don't visit unless you're going to attend the sheepdog demo! The fort is interesting, especially if you are interested in the history of this area. However, the ruins are pretty similar to other ruins in the area. We did walk the entire...More

Thank Kaitlyn C
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Caherconnell_1, Public Relations Manager at Caherconnell Stone Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for visiting Kaitlyn, its great to hear that you enjoyed both the demonstrations and the fort visit. You are right, time is everything with the self guided tour of the Fort - we do recommend that people take the time to watch the...More

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

We randomly stopped here as we were passing and we happened to stop at the right time to catch the sheep dog demonstration. It was such a great experience, our kids loved it! Very informative and quite thrilling to watch. There were lambs in with...More

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Caherconnell_1, Public Relations Manager at Caherconnell Stone Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi mrs0321 and thank you for stopping at Caherconnell and for the lovely comments. It's nice to hear positive feedback about the Fort visit as it tends to get a little overshadowed by the sheepdog demonstrations but we are equally proud of it and would...More

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Reviewed 21 November 2017

The sheepdog demo was so much fun. It's something different and definitely worth the money. Not just for kids, we were two adults. :) We didn't go to the fort, though.

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Caherconnell_1, Public Relations Manager at Caherconnell Stone Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for visiting matcha2012, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the sheepdog demonstrations!

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Reviewed 26 October 2017

The fort is very interesting but the dogs are awesome. The demonstration includes three dogs that work off whistle commands and voice commands. Don't miss 20 year old retired dog Sally-wow. We also had a nice lunch at the visitor center. A thank you to...More

Thank Jaimye L
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Caherconnell_1, Public Relations Manager at Caherconnell Stone Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Jaimye and thank you so much for taking the time to leave such nice comments. Sally is still here and she is doing an excellent job of managing us all! She is quite a celebrity at Caherconnell and she really enjoys and makes the...More

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Heather M
23 May 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
11 February 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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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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