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 1845 when residents either moved closer to the sea in order to live off fish and fishing, or emigrated. The village has been unoccupied since 1845 the ruins standing as a haunting reminder of one of the greatest, and unavoidable tragedies, of Irish history.
Mayo West of Ireland
This is a picture port folio of a recent visit I made to the West of Ireland with 2 of my nephews. We could not have been luckier as the sun shone from dawn till dusk for the 4 days of our visit.
If you are lucky enough to catch good weather here its quite simply one of the most fascinating landscapes on earth. In fact it reminds me in part of some of the best landscapes in New Zealand!
Lough Cullin (Irish: Loch Cuilinn) is a lake in County Mayo in Ireland. With its immediate neighbour to the north, Lough Conn, it is connected to the Atlantic by the River Moy. Lough Cullin is noted for its trout and salmon fishing.
In Celtic mythology, Lough Cullin was created when Fionn mac Cumhaill was hunting with his hounds; Cullin and Conn. They came across a wild boar. Finn and the hounds attempted to chase it. However, as the boar ran, water poured from its feet. The hounds ran ahead of Finn and eventually Conn was ahead of Cullin. Conn chased the boar for days until a lake appeared. The boar swam back to land but Conn was drowned. This happened again in the south to Cullin.
This is the road that leads from the farmhouse cottage, Hare Cottage, we stayed in during our visit, which I found on Airbnb and can heartily recommend. Details and links at the bottom of the post.
And this is the remains of the ancestral home of our host. Although i’m sure the abandoned bike is not quite as old as the house!
And this the end wall of what used to be the granary.
And these the crumbling walls of history at sunset.
Sagar on the banks of the Beluo Chaung River, Burma.
Sagar, originally part of the Shan state once ruled by the Sabwas people, ruthlessly eliminated by the Burmese military dictator Ne Win who took power not long after the end of the second world war and is largely responsible for the destruction of Burma. The village itself is now little more than a crumbling, yet friendly, place reached by boat from Nyaung Shwe and taking around two and a half to 3 hours to reach. It is nonetheless a fascinating and worthwhile place to visit.
A recently restored Stupa, restoration in Burma favours restoring to what the Stupa would have looked like when first constructed.
Oxen are still very much a regular feature of the Burmese landscape, here pictured on the way home from a days work. These animals are very well looked after by the farmer.
The local convenience store.