Deserted Village: Achill Island, Co Mayo


Famine Village on Achill Island - Photo by Fibbons

Famine Village on Achill Island – Photo by Fibbons via Wikicommons

Books mention Achill’s abandoned village, but I was surprised when I saw it. An extensive community lived on the site, and remnants of the buildings are roofless, but in good condition.

It was quite eerie seeing all this rubble…yet in the distance, I could spot the bright whitewash of the new holiday homes and housing estates. I have to say, the village is a must-see on Achill.

There is megalithic tomb nearby that is worth a hike. The people I met on the way up the hill were lamenting the uphill climb. I was winded by the time I reached the tomb, but the trip down the hill was pleasant.

Written by Corey Taratuta

Corey Taratuta

Corey hosts the Irish Fireside podcast and blog which has been named Best Blog of the Diaspora by the Irish Web Awards. His work has appeared on Google Field Trip, www.Lonely Planet.com, National Public Radio, www.WanderingEducators.com, www.BritMums.com, www.DiscoveryWorld.org, and elsewhere. His web community has been named finalist for the People’s Choice Podcast Awards and Irish Blog Awards, and his Irish travel program has ranked in the iTunes Top 50 Travel Podcasts. Corey’s Tips | Website

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