The Abandoned Village of Glentornan & Errigal Mountain, Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland
As by now you may have guessed that I’m absolutely in love with the townlands of Gweedore & Errigal Mountain 💚 Each time I visit this area my excitement rises! just as it done so on my first visit over 30 years ago. It’s a thrill for me trying to capture new angles or scenes for you all to admire & share. This scene is a view from the little abandoned village of Glentornan overlooking Donegal’s most iconic landmark, Errigal Mountain.
This little mysterious ruined village of Glentornan consists of around 10 homes. Hidden away from virtually everyone & everything, between a scattered forest on the opposite shore of Dunlewey Lough in the shadow of Errigal Mountain.
Through some research I’ve learned that around 50 people on average lived in this small village between 1841 to 1911 when it was left almost totally abandoned! The reason the people who once resided in this village had to leave was a case of “moving with the times”. The younger family members either moved to the opposite side of the lake or emigrated seeking work etc which left the remaining elderly on their own. Sadly without their youth to care for them & maintain the village they also had no option but to migrate to the opposite end of this lake to survive. I believe a few folk may have returned here & remained until the 1960’s but nowadays Glentornan is only a shell of its former glory 🏚