Uninhabited Irish Island Complete with Ancient Ruins Is Up for Sale

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The West Coast of Ireland has some of the finest scenery in the British Isles and indeed Western Europe. Its many islands such as Achill are renowned for their wild beauty. If you have ever dreamed of owning one, you are in luck! A property website in Ireland has just listed a remote and historic County Galway island, complete with ancient ruins, for sale. 

The West Coast of Ireland has some of the finest scenery in the British Isles and indeed Western Europe. Its many islands such as Achill are renowned for their wild beauty. If you have ever dreamed of owning one, you are in luck! A property website in Ireland has just listed a remote and historic County Galway island, complete with ancient ruins, for sale. 

High Island has been listed for sale at €1.25 million (US $1.4 million). According to the Irish Times , the island is known as Ardoileán in Irish.  It is about 80 acres in extent and is located about 2 miles (3 km) off the Galway coast.  There are two natural lakes on the island, and it is at present uninhabited with two dilapidated modern buildings. 

The island was not always uninhabited. It is believed to have been settled by people in the early Iron Age, with some of the ruins and artifacts dating back to 300 BC and evidence from pollen samples suggesting occupation from 1000 BC.

Evidence suggests that High Island was populated by Celtic people .  Early Medieval Christian monks seeking solitude as part of their quest to be nearer to God built a small hermitage here. This was quite common in the early medieval era, when many Irish monks established similar retreats on remote islands, for example on Skellig Michael , which was featured in a recent Star Wars movie.

The MyHome website reports that the monastery is believed to have been founded by St Féchín of Fore in the 7 th century AD.  The site of the hermitage was selected because it offered some shelter from the many Atlantic storms.  St Féchín is believed to have died during an epidemic on the island. The original hermitage eventually became a large monastery and even had one of the first known monastic water mills in Ireland.

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