Port is an abandoned Famine Village, just north-west of Glencolmcille in Co Donegal. It was once a whole hamlet of houses but was deserted long ago and is now left to the ravages of the elements.
The majority of the village’s population left during and in the immediate aftermath of the Irish Famine (1845-52). The population continued to dwindle and that, combined with the relative isolation of the area, made the remaining community unsustainable.
The drive into Port is stunning. Fields of peat dominate the rugged landscape as you approach the eerie village. The only inhabitants nowadays are sheep. There’s a slipway beside the rocky beach and a little bridge over a stream. It’s very peaceful here, a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
The old houses in the village were all built of local stone and, in the nearby Glencolmcille Folk Village, you can get a good idea of how they would have looked when they were loved and lived in.
Pic. Gareth McCormack