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Caherconnell Sheepdogs and Stone Fort

Carron, North Clare

Natural Attractions
Cool For Kids

Experience a wonderful day of excitement at Caherconnell Sheepdogs and Fort, nestled in the heart of the Burren. Witness the incredible precision and agility of border collies as they collaborate seamlessly with the shepherd to expertly herd and manage the sheep. The performance showcases not only the intelligence of these remarkable dogs but also the deep bond between them and their handler. Following the demonstration, guests have ample opportunity for up-close interactions, offering a moment to cuddle and capture memories with the dogs through photographs.

The adventure continues as you delve into the rich history of Caherconnell with a guided tour of the fort that has stood for over a millennium. Local experts bring the past to life, recounting the captivating history of this ancient stronghold. The tour is further enhanced by an informative film that explores the unique landscape of the Burren and the fort’s historical significance. This immersive experience offers a window into the past, allowing visitors to connect with the heritage and natural beauty of Caherconnell.

Enjoy refreshments in their on-site cafe and browse in their craft shop. Visit for a perfect Burren day out.


  • Clever Collies showing their herding skills
  • Collies cuddles and photo opportunities
  • Immersive guided tour of 1,000 year old fort
  • Cute cafe with homemade food
  • Located in the very heart of the Burren
  • Craft shop with original branded goodies

Good to Know

  • Admission: Free to visit with pay attractions inside.
  • Open: Open daily, March to November
  • Suitable for younger children: Ideally suited.
  • Visit duration: Approx. 2 hours
  • Cool for kids: Yes – children love the sheepdogs and love the cuddles and photos with them
  • Rainy days: Mostly outdoor
  • Gift shop: Craft shop with own branded products, quality knitwear and gifts
  • Dining/refreshments: The cafe offers homemade soups, sandwiches, salads and freshly baked treats
  • Assistance/guide dogs: Permitted.
  • WiFi: WiFi on-site
  • Toilets: On-site with accessible toilets and baby-changing facilities.
  • Groups: Groups of up to 20 are welcome. 
  • Accessibility: Partially accessible.
  • Parking: Free car park, 5 minutes walk to the visitor centre. Coach parking at the back of the visitor centre 1 minute to sheepdogs and fort.

About Carron

The village of Carron is a walker’s paradise. As the only village in the Burren uplands, Carron is located close to many of North Clare’s most popular visitor attractions.