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Caherconnell Fort & Sheepdog Demonstrations
Carran, Co. Clare
Hidden gem
Family friendly
Free car parking
Cloudy days
Explore Caherconnell Stone Fort, a stone ringfort in the beautiful Burren region in County Clare. Learn about megalithic tomb builders in a fascinating audio visual presentation and book in to watch the daily sheepdog trials.

Visit magnificent Caherconnell Fort, a ringfort that's over 1,000 years old in County Clare. Take a self guided tour of this well preserved stone fort and discover its exciting history and archaeology through informative graphic displays.

Annual summer excavations by the International Archaeological Field School in June and July yield interesting results, see what life was like for people who lived there in ancient times.

Plan your trip around one of the sheepdog demonstrations which take place daily from the middle of March to October. Check out the combined skills of the border collies and their master John, who has been working with the adorable animals for years. Meet Rose, Lee and Sally and see how the dogs are trained to work with sheep and cattle.

A welcome break awaits at The Mountain Haven Café, savour delicious local produce from warm scones to homemade cakes.

Why we like it
  • See a unique Irish ring fort.
  • Take a self-guided tour.
  • Watch the daily sheepdog demonstrations.
  • Enjoy local produce in the charming café.
Tips from locals

Just a 1km drive north of Caherconnell Fort is the iconic Poulnabrone Portal Dolmen. This is the second-most visited location in the Burren, after the Cliffs of Moher.

Contact details
Caherconnell, Ballydoora, Carran, Co. Clare, V95 YK31, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1 to 2 hours here.

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