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Deserted Village Walk



Walk Length

4.5 km


1.5 hr




The Deserted Village walk on Achill Island is on the road from Keel to Dugort.

A walk to the Deserted Village at the foot of Slievemore Mountain is a journey back in time. The remains of 80-plus small stone cottages tell us that this was once a well-populated area. However, the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s caused the abandonment of the village and now only the ruins of the cottages remain.

  • Start / Finish / Trailhead: Dooagh Strand Beach car park
  • Finish Point: Graveyard or Deserted Village car park, Slievemore
  • GPS Location53.974311, -10.125881 (Dooagh Strand) 53.996257, -10.076253 (Deserted Village Car Park) 
  • Distance: 4.5 km
  • Direction: Green markers
  • Estimated Time: 1–1.5 hours
  • Terrain: Unpaved road
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum Gear: Sturdy walking shoes/boots, waterproofs, mobile phone, snacks & fluids
  • Services: Achill sound, Mulranny