Achill Experience

Aquarium | 'Boley' House | History & Culture

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Our aquarium consists of four large native tanks exhibiting varieties of fish to be found in the waters off Achill and four tropical tanks with fish from as far away as the Amazon! Our large touch tank allows visitors to the Achill Experience to look hold and feel some of the sea creatures such as a starfish, a sea urchins or a scallop.

The much loved Clown fish "Nemo" and Pacific Blue Tang "Dory" has joined us here at the Achill Experience, along with many of his other tropical friends.

Learn about Achill’s history of marine life through our story boards and our audio visual, where it gives visitors an insight to how Achill natives fished for the massive basking sharks in Achill waters and the process of extracting minerals from these enormous creatures.

Spiny Starfish
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Reconstructed Boley House

Achill Experience has replicated a Boley House in the visitors centre. The stone-built cottage is built with care and perfection to allow visitors to the Achill Experience to envisage and to get to feel of how life as was in a Boley House.  A cosy fire greets guests in the centre of the floor and an exhibition of furniture, tools, machinery and utensils are visible

Achill Deserted Village is steeped in history of times past, where less than 100 years ago the people of Achill occupied these dwellings as “booley” or “boley” homes.  The village is made up of about 100 houses, today you can see the outline of the cottages, and many of the gables still remain intact.

School Tours

Achill is the perfect destination for your school tour and at the Achill Experience; your students will have fun while learning about the fish in our waters and seeing how people lived many years ago. Choose from a variety of packages ideal to suit your student’s needs which can include our onsite Aquarium, Guided Tour of the Deserted Village, Water Sports, and Arts & Crafts


Lots to See & Do

We have two salt water tanks themed on Achill’s Minaun Cliffs and a Spanish Armada ship wreck off Achill Beg.  These tanks are stocked many different species that are natural to the waters around Achill Island.  The children will learn about creatures of the sea that we look out on.  Our open touch tank allows children to engage with the fish and even touch, hold and feel some of our fish.

Visit our re-built boley house, common to Achill through the 17th & 18th centuries.  Children will learn the history of Achill’s deserted village and get to understand what life was like through these times

Children may participate in a tutor lead arts & crafts workshop, where they will design and assemble their own 'boley' cottage.

Tour at touch pool

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