Dunlewey, as it’s known in Irish Dún Lúiche, is a small Irish-speaking village (Gaeltacht village). There are several historic and beautiful landmarks in the Gweedore area of Donegal, including the majestic Mount Errigal, which is one of the most popular hiking locations in the country.
The untouched and unspoilt land of the Poisoned Glen makes Dunlewey one of the most spectacular sights in Ireland. At the entrance to The Poisoned Glen at the foot of Errigal sits the Old Church Ruin, built from local white marble. The church, built in the 1800s, sits today as a stunning landmark in the majestic haunting hills of the Poisoned Glen and on the shores of Dunlewey Lough.
Near the shores of the Lough, you’ll also find the Dunlewey centre, which is a brilliant day out with the family. I highly recommend taking the boat trip that covers the Lake’s diameter with superb views of Mount Errigal and the Guinness Estate at the far side of the Lake.
The Ghost Village of Dunlewey.
A friend had told me about an old abandoned famine village in Dunlewey, so I decided to check it out. This Ghost Village is an old stone village that is now abandoned and has stunning views of Mount Errigal. Google searches bring up some blogs, etc., as to the location’s history, but I cannot find any concrete record of the village.
I have discovered that the village was called Glentornan, inhabited by up to 50 people between the mid-1800s and early 1900s. As you can see in the images, there are about 10 to 12 stone cottages and rows of stone walls with amazing views of Mount Errigal.