Stone Fort / Caher

The shortest walk up to Caherdooneerish stone fort can be quite a steep one or the alternative walk rather long, but because of its situation a visit to Caherdooneerish is well worth the time and effort. On seeing this Stone Fort, built on the limestone karst of the burren area, I felt quite content and well satisfied, my efforts were well rewarded by the wonderful views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. On the way up I also encountered a herd of feral goats, for more information on these goats scroll down this link.

Caherdooneerish comes from the Irish 'Cathair Duin Irghuis', Fort of Irghuis, the legendary builder. The fort is roughly oval shaped and around 70 feet in diameter and in places reaches 12 feet high. Built using the limestone rock of the burren, the fort is unrestored and this probably adds to its wonderful charm.

From the southeast

Amazing walls

From the northwest

Situated: About 200 metres above Black Head in the northern region of the Burren, County Clare. Head up the wall from the green track going around the head.

Discovery Map 51: 1577 1143. Last visit Aug 2002.

Longitude: 9° 15' 32" W

Latitude: 53° 8' 48" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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