Slievemore is an impressive ruined village on Achill Island in County Kerry. Considered to be a fine example of a traditional stone village, the site is believed to date from the 12th century and is now deserted. The site is very popular, and is one of the must-sees on the island!
Built on the southern slope of Slievemore Mountain, the village consists of over one hundred dry stone cottages, aligned on a rather amazing north-south axis. Stretching over 2km in length, this ghost village is said to have developed over several centuries, from the Anglo-Norman period (12th century) to the 20th century. Towards the end, the houses were only used in summer, during the periods of transhumance by the shepherds.
Nowadays, the village stands silently, and has a serious charm due to the beauty of the place. Accessible free of charge, it will allow you to discover marvellous vestiges, as well as a traditional architecture, which finally got lost in time.
An archaeological summer camp is organised every year to learn more about Slievemore. So don’t be surprised if you come across researchers at the site during the summer months.
Other curiosities include the presence near the village of a dolmen dating back to 400 BC. A way to extend the visit!