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On the south facing slopes of Slievemore Mountain on Achill Island, County Mayo, lie the remains of over 100 stone cottages spread either side of an ancient road. Take a Deserted Village Guided Tour with a local expert guide and discover the history and folklore of this haunting site.

The Deserted Village at Slievemore, Achill Island, with over 100 roofless stone cottages in various states of decay, provides a haunting glimpse of life in 19th century rural Ireland. Often referred to as a Famine Village, its most recent decline began around the time of An Gorta Mór (The Great Hunger) in the mid 19th century. However, the current rectangular stone cottages are built on sites that were occupied 5,000 years ago, in circular round house buildings.

Join with an expert local guide from Deserted Village Guided Tour and discover the history and folklore of this fascinating settlement.

Guided tours take place Monday to Saturday throughout July and August. Payment is made to the guide on the day. Please note, that not all guides will have card reader devices for payment. There is no advance booking required, but please arrive at the cemetery car park in plenty of time to check in for the tour start.

The guided tour takes approximately 90 minutes and covers uneven ground so appropriate footwear should be worn. Visitors to the Deserted Village should adhere to the Leave No Trace principles. Unfortunately, dogs cannot be taken on this tour. There is ample free parking on site and portaloo toilet facilities available.

Why we like it
  • Explore the ruins of a deserted village with an expert guide.
  • Learn about the people who once lived there.
  • Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Slievemore Mountains and Achill Island.
Family friendly
Free car parking
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Contact details
Slievemore Deserted Village, Bal of Dookinelly (Calvy),Mayo,Republic of Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1 to 2 hours here

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