Caherconnell Stone Fort & Sheepdog Demonstrations

Caherconnell Stone Fort & Sheepdog Demonstrations

Caherconnell Stone Fort & Sheepdog Demonstrations
4.5
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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. The sheepdog demonstration times are available at https://caherconnell.com/sheepdog/demo-calendar/
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Rob P
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating even in the rain:-)
    The sheepdog demonstration is watching "One man and his dog" live. Great to see the character of each dog and how they work. The round fort was fascinating and just a shame all the archaeological artefacts had been removed to "museums" and that we only had photos to look at. We'll worth the visit despite the inclement weather.Thanks to Tom our waterproof guide!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Peter R
    Nashville, Tennessee5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glad we made the stop
    What a delightful addition to our trip through Ireland. It’s always amazing to watch these dogs, work, and the facilities here or great for watching everything happen. The staff was very hospitable. We were able to ask questions and put the pups afterward. It’s great to see the dogs in action. The roads to get there are a bit challenging, as they are narrow and curvy, and it gets very interesting when you need to pass one of the tour buses. But that’s all part of the charm of getting there.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 September 2023
  • Average1
    180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful sheepdog demonstration that was a highlight of our trip
    We enjoyed watching the sheepdog demonstration and learning how the dogs are trained. We observed the dog herding the sheep through a gate and around multiple fences in response to the herdsman whistle. Later four dogs worked together again responding to a unique whistle for each dog. While voice commands work well, a whistle can be heard at greater distance. We were shown different types of sheep and learned their optimal uses. Appreciate learning about why Irish sheep have colors sometimes. The demonstration is outside but spectators can stand under a canvas overhead to protect them from rain. The herdsman uses a microphone so everyone can hear. After the demo he answered questions and had the dogs sit for pictures. We really enjoyed this as a highlight of our visit to Ireland, especially as this family farm has been in operation for over 300 years. Farming is challenging and I felt this was a unique way to share a bit of local culture and history. On the day we visited we chose to not visit the stone fort due to rain. Maybe next time.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 October 2023
  • Cathie O
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Stop of Our Trip!!!!
    Tom told us about the stone fort and was extremely interesting. He interacted with the group in a very pleasant and humorous way. He was great! Aaron was also outstanding, educating the group on the skills needed to train the border collies to herd the sheep and cows. The demo was amazing! The dogs are awesome 🤩 And the gift store was the best for quality gifts and souvenirs. Don’t miss this; it’s so worth it… a definite highlight of our trip!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 October 2023
  • gdubel
    Providence, Rhode Island3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Place to visit!
    Class act all around! Tom and the entire crew made our family feel welcome on a rainy blustery day! The tour was so engaging, site so interesting, and Cafe so warm and cozy that we all could not have experienced a better day! Thank you very much!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 October 2023
  • Fg82
    Naples, Florida95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience with Sheepdogs at Caherconnell fort
    Very nice experience seeing the sheepdogs at work. Good explanation on their training and what they are expected to do. The fort tour is also enjoyable and educative. Highly recommend it. We did the 11 am demonstration and fort tour and then went to Doolin and the Cliff of Moher before heading to Lahinch for an overnight stay at Vaughan lodge. It was a wonderful day. .
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 October 2023
  • Kat Murphy
    Newry, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A unique experience that is a must on a trip to Co. Clare.
    We visited Caherconnell Fort as part of our trip to Galway. We attended the afternoon sheepdog demonstration and honestly could not recommend it highly enough. We were introduced to all four dogs and got to see them all in action, rounding up and then separating the sheep. We then got an ‘up close’ experience of the sheep, which was so informative. Our guide for the duration was superb and we couldn’t believe he was only 17! My 12 year old nephew said it was one of the best things he has ever done - he even got the opportunity to direct one of the dogs, something he will remember for a long time. Great to see a farm diversifying in such a unique way. The viewing areas even come with a covering, ensuring the weather doesn’t impact on your visit. We had coffee from the coffee shop before leaving and the staff there were so lovely too (especially the lady with the Armagh connections, who spotted my nephew’s jersey!), and the gift shop has something for everyone - for us it was a sheep wearing a peaked cap!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 November 2023
  • Anne
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend this FUN, informative experience!
    We were thrilled to see this was close to our B&B and so excited to see the dogs, having two of our own (very unskilled) dogs waiting for us at home. This completely lived up to the hype in the reviews and exceeded our expectations. We took the stone fort tour beforehand and it was very comprehensive, but because it's not an extensive space, it didn't drag on and our tour guide, Tom, did an excellent job of keeping us on pace despite chatty group members (every group has at least one...). Great for adults and kids alike. Would visit again!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 November 2023
  • Mimi L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss it!!
    We are six adults in our 30's and the sheepdog demonstrations were by far one of our favorite activities while we visited Ireland!! The instructor was so funny and all the staff were so nice. We couldn't stop laughing watching Rose goof off the whole demonstration as well. So informative and SO fun!!!!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 December 2023
  • Rita K
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Today my friend and I went to Caherconnell Fort for lunch and what a treat it was!! I had the most delicious chicken caesar salad I have ever eaten. It was freshly prepared and a generous portion. The staff were friendly and helpful during a very busy period. Unfortunately we didn't have time for a tour or to see the sheepdog demonstration, but we will definitely be back, and it will give us another opportunity to have chicken caesar salad again. I would highly recommend Caherconnell Fort for a day trip or even just for lunch.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 June 2024
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Joanne L
Stoughton, MA1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
The sheep dogs are the star of this establishment! The demonstration was enjoyable, but being able to pet and interact with these sweet animals was truly a highlight for me. They love scratches and belly rubs. The demonstration shows how smart these dogs are and how hard they work together. The wind was brisk the day I visited, but there was ample sweaters, sweatshirts, and hats for purchase. There is a small cafe that was very good and had a nice selection of sandwiches, soups, coffee, and treats. The visit to The Burren was informative. Our guide was entertaining and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this experience for anyone traveling to Ireland!
Written 23 April 2023
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland10,927 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
I thoroughly enjoyed my self guided tour of Caherconnell Cashel. The family owners have created a lovely visitors centre with a nice cafe, small shop and an audio visual room which shows two short films before you visit the Fort itself.
It's a fascinating insight into life in the 10th and 11th century and you can clearly see the outline of the houses that lay therein. There is a firepit near the entrance and two graves just to the right of the entrance that have interesting stories.
They give you a quite superb 28 page colour booklet with your entrance ticket that makes the whole site easy to navigate and much clearer to understand.
The circular enclosing walls are the most dramatic sight, they are quite amazing with no mortar whatsoever being used
Big free car park, good toilet facilities and the food in the cafe was excellent.
A superb visit, I really enjoyed it.
Written 16 August 2022
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Mimi L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We are six adults in our 30's and the sheepdog demonstrations were by far one of our favorite activities while we visited Ireland!! The instructor was so funny and all the staff were so nice. We couldn't stop laughing watching Rose goof off the whole demonstration as well. So informative and SO fun!!!!
Written 2 December 2023
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Jean C
Washington41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
Great stop. I highly recommend it. The guide taking us around the fort was great. You can just walk around it yourself but why! So much more enjoyable with the guide. He was excellent.

LOVED the border collie demonstration. As an owner of several border collies over the years I know they’re very intelligent but to see them working like this never ceases to amaze me. So very impressive and the connection between the dogs and the handler is just such a joy to watch.

Delicious scones and coffee in the cafe after.

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Written 14 October 2022
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Cathie O
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Tom told us about the stone fort and was extremely interesting. He interacted with the group in a very pleasant and humorous way. He was great! Aaron was also outstanding, educating the group on the skills needed to train the border collies to herd the sheep and cows. The demo was amazing! The dogs are awesome 🤩 And the gift store was the best for quality gifts and souvenirs. Don’t miss this; it’s so worth it… a definite highlight of our trip!
Written 1 October 2023
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Rob P
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The sheepdog demonstration is watching "One man and his dog" live. Great to see the character of each dog and how they work.
The round fort was fascinating and just a shame all the archaeological artefacts had been removed to "museums" and that we only had photos to look at.
We'll worth the visit despite the inclement weather.Thanks to Tom our waterproof guide!
Written 19 September 2023
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Anne
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We were thrilled to see this was close to our B&B and so excited to see the dogs, having two of our own (very unskilled) dogs waiting for us at home. This completely lived up to the hype in the reviews and exceeded our expectations. We took the stone fort tour beforehand and it was very comprehensive, but because it's not an extensive space, it didn't drag on and our tour guide, Tom, did an excellent job of keeping us on pace despite chatty group members (every group has at least one...). Great for adults and kids alike. Would visit again!
Written 26 November 2023
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gdubel
Providence, RI3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Class act all around! Tom and the entire crew made our family feel welcome on a rainy blustery day! The tour was so engaging, site so interesting, and Cafe so warm and cozy that we all could not have experienced a better day! Thank you very much!
Written 10 October 2023
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Fg82
Naples, FL95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Very nice experience seeing the sheepdogs at work. Good explanation on their training and what they are expected to do. The fort tour is also enjoyable and educative. Highly recommend it. We did the 11 am demonstration and fort tour and then went to Doolin and the Cliff of Moher before heading to Lahinch for an overnight stay at Vaughan lodge. It was a wonderful day. .
Written 29 October 2023
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Therese K
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Family
The Caherconnell experience was excellent . We really enjoyed the tour of the fort with our tour guide Pat . He was hugely knowledgeable and extremely entertaining and easy tom listen to . After the tour we went to see the sheep dog demonstrations which was also very enjoyable . Everyone at Caherconnell is so professional and helpful and pleasant . I cannot recommend this place and experience highly enough . The scenery of the surrounding area is fabulous too.
Written 15 July 2024
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