A lot of pirates, specially French, Irish and north african, have sacked villages in the Faroe Islands. In order to defend them selves the villagers built guardhouses and kept a watchful eye if any ships were on their way. They would also find caves to hide in and construct hidden houses deep in the mountains. The pirates would often outnumber the villagers 10 to 1 and they had weapons. The villagers had no chance in a direct confrontation. A man in Suðuroy called Jóannes once killed an Irish pirate. The Irish pirates wanted retribution and scoured the islands for him. He had fled to Miðvág and was only known as the Irishman.
Fransaholan við Kumlar ( The French hole at Kumlar )
( GMS: X= -7º11'23,8” Y= 62º2'46,33” )
In the days when the pirates plundered there was a hole or cavern behind some large boulders by the old settlement where the old people who could not walk so far or run fast could remain hidden.
The Reynsatind house
( GMS: X= -7º11'55,32” Y= 62º4'57,02” )
The foundation of a house that the people would use to hide from pirates in. It even had a special chute to cool down the smoke from the fire as not to give away their position.
The Reynsatind cave
( GMS: X= -7º11'10,07” Y= 62º4'53,19” )
On the cliff-side of Reynsatind there is a cave. Hidden from plain view, this is where people would hide from the pirates. They would also have a storage of provisions hidden within the cave.