Caher Conor

Situated on the southern slopes of Mount Eagle overlooking Dingle Bay the townlands of Glanfahan and Fahan contain many stone forts and clochauns. Caher Caher is a fine example of one of these forts and it contains at least 3 clochauns. The image on the left was taken from the southern wall looking in a northerly direction, you can see a rectangular enclosure on the left containing a clochaun with another clochaun built on to the western end of the enclosure. In the distance right is another clchaun.

The image at the top of the page was taken looking south from the northern wall, it clearly shows the two clochauns, these clochauns are also known as Beehive huts. Probably the best example of a beehive hut at this fort is the one that lies in the northeast area of the fort - see image below. This structure is a pointed oval in plan and measures roughly 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 metres internally. There is also a cross slab at this site which I failed to locate on this visit. Since my visit here we have been to Glanfahan 2 kilometres west of here. There is a small cluster of clochauns there including some relatively modern huts.

Situated: Take the R559 west from Ventry after around 5 kilometres you will come to a viewing area there is a sign here for Beehive Huts. Admittance is 2 euros.

Discovery Map 70: V 3410 9716. Last visit Sept 2003.

Longitude: 10° 25' 17" W

Latitude: 52° 6' 6" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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