This week’s theme from Debbie for One Word Sunday is EMPTY
This is PORT in West Donegal.
Surrounded by ocean and heather clad hills, Port is known as the ‘Ghost Village’ or the ‘Deserted Village’. Believed to be the first maritime port in Donegal, it would once have been a thriving fishing hamlet. At some stage, the whole place was abandoned and left go to ruin. Its thought that everyone left either during the Great Famine (1845-1849) or immediately afterwards. Many rural areas were decimated by the famine of course but it was unusual for a whole community to vanish. There are no records of survivors or descendants. Nothing.
The drive in to this desolate place is stunning. The bleak landscape is dominated by sheep and peat before opening out to a first glimpse of the Atlantic.
You’ll have the place to yourself unless you come across the odd fisherman, hillwalker or farmer. From the rocky beach you look out at the breathtaking stretch of coastline in front of you…..
…and then look back at the ghostly remains of the cottages on the hillside.
What drove them all away from this beautiful place?
Link to One Word Sunday at Debbie’s here