There is a difference between a landscape that has always been nature, and a landscape that was once lived in and been worked on by people. People that in a certain moment in time have left, and left their home and land behind them. “Wasteland”.
Ireland, and specially its west coast, are full of such wastelands.
Occupied and lived upon and now steadily, after years and years, lovingly embraced by Mother Earth. Covered in a green cloak of trees, plants and shrubs. Centuries after centuries the Irish, preferably, did not live in towns or villages, but as families in small settlements on “good spots” in harmony with nature. Always near a well or floating water. The ancient remains of these “clachans” are still visible everywhere through the Irish landscape.The abundance of space makes clearing out unnecessary.
Such a place, where the ancient powers of Mother Earth slowly but surely have taken over the abandoned en sensible remains of human habitation, is Annagh More.
(duration 1 hour)
Mountain Retreat Annagh More is in the middle of such an old clachan. With old Cottages and ruins, the remains of the Old road to Killarney and a path to the Well of Anu.
See where families lived in a small cottage, visit the old Well and hear the story of this area.
The entire area around Annagh More has a rich history of stories and events. There is a book, based on an authentic story happened in this area, the Changeling. You hear some information about that story in the tour and this book mention places just across the road.