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Achill Island, Co. Mayo West of Ireland - DK Travel Pix
Achill Island Co Mayo, Ireland Achill Island, Irish: Acaill, Oileán Acla in the County of Mayo is the largest island off the coast of Ireland, situated just off the west coast and has a population of approx. 2,700 and was first settled about 5000 years ago. Of course this population fluctuates wildly with the seasons as it has long been a popular second home holiday destination for many Irish. A small road bridge connects the island to the mainland crossing the Achill Sound. The remains of what would have been a pretty much traditional cottage, although in times past the roof would have had a straw thatch. There is scarcely a road on Achill that does not have commanding views and gorgeously rugged landscape. Close to Dugort, at the base of Slievemore mountain lies the Deserted Village. There are approximately 80 ruined houses in the village. The houses were built of unmortared stone, which means that no cement or mortar was used to hold the stones together. Each house consisted of just one room and this room was used as kitchen, living room, bedroom and even stable. The village was abandoned at the time of the Potato blight in Ireland …