As with many areas in the West of Ireland, Achill Island was badly hit by the potato famine and emigration. There is a stark reminder of this at the deserted village, in which numerous house ruins can be seen as you walk along a road that presumably was the main street through the village.
In the land below, evidence remains of the strip farming with the mounds and furrows clearly visible to this day.
There isn’t really much room to squeeze in arable land between the bog below and the rough ground of the moor above. To just sit and wonder here is some experience.
Footnote: This post was scheduled last week before the photo challenge ‘Abandoned’ was announced for the week. While this photo could easily fall into that category there are plenty of opportunities for images to fit the theme, so I will be using some newly taken images for this competition. Stand by for these, I modestly think they may be worth waiting for!