To go along with the geological wonder of the Burren comes a different kind of wonder, Man. For over 1600 years, man has been living in this area of the Burren namely Caherconnell Stone Fort. I, like the inhabitants that once lived here, like the freedom that this attraction brings. No ropes, no busy body jobs worth telling you where you can stand or where you can't stand. Once you have paid your admission fee, you are trusted and are free to roam more or less where you like. The Davoran family have put so much into this attraction and without them, this stone fort could of vanished from this area for all of time. The visitors centre that accompanies the stone fort is great. They have a small cafe, shop and loads of information about not only the stone fort itself but also the local area itself, in fact there's a bit of a tourist information element to this visitor centre which is really handy.
Caherconnell is a large and perfect fort 140-145 feet in external diameter, nearly circular in plan. It is 12 feet thick and from 6-14 feet high. The masonry consists of large blocks many 3feet long and 2ft. 6in.high. The inner face is almost perfect.'
Archaeology of the Burren: Prehistoric Forts and Dolmens in North Clare - Thomas Johnson Westropp.
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. This may not have been defensive in a military sense, but rather for personal security from raiders or wild animals which were among the most common foes at the time.
Ringforts such as Caherconnell are thought to have been inhabited from 400-1200A.D. However a description of the site at Caherconnell, in the early 20th century by local historian the late Dr. McNamara of Corofin Co. Clare suggests that the entrance to the fort may have been re-built in the 15th or 16th century.This suggests that this fort may have been inhabited up to the late medieval period.
Sheepdog Demonstrations The brand new Caherconnell Sheepdog demonstration is a first for the Burren, Enjoy the combined skills of the farmer and the border collie as they work in their natural habitat of the Burren. See the incredible skills of the border collie and the unique relationship between farmer and dog.
- A selection of rare sheep breeds are maintained on site.
- Spacious viewing area allows for a great view for all.
- Café and Craftshop on site
- Free Parking
- Demonstrations take place on the unique Burren Landscape
There is something for all the family at Caherconnell.