The presence of a megalithic tomb close to the village, dating from the 3rd or 4th Century BC, indicates habitation in the area some 5000 years ago.
The most recent period of habitation came to an end in the early 20th century, when the cottages were used for 'booleying' by the local population.
It is thought that the village was occupied during several different stages in history, with some of the buildings perhaps being constructed on top of previous dwellings.
Through study of the field systems surrounding the Deserted Village, archaeological investigation, and historical research it has been established that settlement dates at least to the Anglo-Norman period (12th Century AD).
They are set either side of an ancient pathway, almost all aligned in the same north-south direction, and they occupy one of the most sheltered areas of Achill Island.
The 'village' - literally it is three distinct groups of cottages - extends for a distance of about one mile.
Achill is thought to be one of the last places in Europe to have practised this type of settlement.For visitors to Achill though, the abandoned stone cottages and surrounding fields - with potato ridges still clearly visible under the top layer of grass - provides a fascinating flavour of how life was lived in former times.Privacy: The information you provide will be used by International Limited and/or Dating Limited, Meetic’s group companies (by which we mean Meetic, any parent company of Meetic, and any subsidiaries of Meetic or its parent company), and their service providers located within and outside of the European Union (described herein as, the “Meetic Group”) in order to provide you with access to the Meetic Services.The Senior Dating Partnership is one of the UK's most loved senior dating and friend finding service for the over 50s.You can register FREE so there is no reason not to get started right now.