With its rugged coastline along the Wild Atlantic Way and picturesque beaches from Keel, to the famous Keem Bay, Achill is a great destination for anyone who loves water sports. From surfing, sailing, swimming, diving, fishing and snorkelling Achill has it all.
The terrain of Achill makes it an ideal location for hiking and hill walks. As you traverse the hills, cliffs and loop walks alongside the coastline, you can take in the awe-inspiring scenery of Achill and the West of Ireland. Achill is also an ideal location for Kite surfing, enjoying seaweed baths and even golf and saunas by the sea.
Scattered around Achill are many locations of significant historical importance. People have inhabited Achill for over 5,000 years and you can find many crannog and bronze age settlements as well as other archaeological sites such as megalithic tombs. The deserted village in Slievemore, The Achill Mission Colony Settlement and the tower of the pirate queen Grace O’Malley are also places of great interest for anyone with a love of history and heritage.
Food and Drink
Bia agus Deoch
Achill has many pubs and restaurant that serve high quality, fresh food daily so you will never go hungry, the many pubs located on Achill are also a great place to relax and unwind after a busy day of exploring.
Discover Achill’s Wild Atlantic Way!
Faigh amach Achill Slí an Atlantaigh Fhiáin!
Take the scenic route with Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way! Fun for all the family, couples and solo-trippers. Creating memories to last a lifetime. Starting on the rugged Inishowen Peninsula, Co. Donegal (North-West) and finishing up in gorgeous Kinsale, Co. Cork. (South) It boasts 1600 miles (2600 km) in length of unspoilt charming Irish beauty and wilderness! Making it one of the longest designated coastal routes in the world! Divided into 14 stages. So, you can join the adventure wherever suits you! At the centre of it all in the west of Ireland, is Mayo’s WAW. (Wild Atlantic Way) (West) Whether planning a daytrip to Achill including the discovery points and blue flag beaches or the holiday of a lifetime exploring Ireland’s Atlantic coastline. Check out some of the key discovery points Achill Island has to offer. Including one of the top beaches in Europe, Keem Bay! What’s your chosen mode of transport? Planning on cycling the Greenway, or by caravan along the WAW route?! With many amenities along the way, the possibilities are endless. From accommodation, restaurants, bike hirers and lots more!
Check out the video below to get started! Your adventure awaits!
Look out for the wave sign for discovery points on the WAW!
Check out the digital maps from Fáilte Ireland here:
Achill Discovery Points:
- Achill Head
- Dugort Beach
- Inis Bigil
- Keel Beach
- Ashleam Bay
- Clew Bay View