Caherdooneerish

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, to read more information on these goats click here The old Irish Goat Society.

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. The picture top left shows the fort from a south easterly direction. The picture right is from the north west.
Situated: About 200 metres above Black Head in the northern region of the Burren, County Clare. From Ballyvaughan travel passed Black Head lighthouse till you reach two gates, one on each side of the road. There is a large parking bay just north of here. Walk back to the gates and follow a rough path (indicated with traffic cones in 2012) up black head till you reach a green track or path going around the head,. Take a left turn along the track heading north. You come to a wall, running straight up the mountain. Cross over the wall and walk up mountain on the left hand side, very steep. This will lead you to this charming fort.

Discovery Map 51: 158 114. Last visit August 2002.

Accommodation: Annaly House is a family run B&B situated in Fanore along the west coast of Clare. The Proprietor Patrick Carrucan has good local knowledge and was very helpful with directions.

 

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

 

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