Achill is the largest island in Ireland and its unique landscape has inspired many artists and writers, including Camille Souter, Robert Henri, Paul Henry and Heinrich Böll. Lashed by the wild Atlantic Ocean and carved by the windswept rain, Achill Island is a truly spectacular place.
Top 10 Things to Do in Achill
- Achill has some of the best quality beaches in Ireland, winning several Blue Flag & Green Coast awards every year. Stunning Keem Bay is one of the most famous and has become one of the Wild Atlantic Way’s signature points.
- The majestic Atlantic Drive is a must-do, providing over 40km of spectacular coastal scenery. En route, you will see Kildownet Castle, where Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley once lived. The top of Minaun is an incredible 360° vantage point and is a popular spot to watch the last sunset over Europe, on New Year’s Eve.
- Get on your bike!Not only does the Great Western Greenway start (or end) on Achill, the island also has three looped trails, from 12km to 44km.
- Hike to the top of Slievemore (671m high) which provides breathtaking views of Achill Island, of the Atlantic Ocean, and of wild Erris across Blacksod Bay.
- Step back in time in the Deserted Village. Located at the foot of Slievemore, the village consists of 80-100 stone cottages and contains megalithic tombs dating back 5,000 years ago.
- Croaghaun (688m) is one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe, with stunning views over Keem Bay, Achill Head and the Benmore cliffs. Just mind your footing!
- Achill Island is ideal for outdoor adventures, such as windsurfing, cycling, scuba diving, golfing, hiking, fishing, surfing, hillwalking,horse-riding, and kitesurfing!
- All year around in Achill, you can enjoyfestivals, events and activities in relation to traditional music, arts & crafts, and sports, to name just a few.
- Visit Achill Experience, where you can immerse yourself in the history and heritage of the island. Mayo’s first aquarium is also here, brimming with native fish!
- Achill Island is home to some beautiful tearooms and fine dining restaurants. Try some of the island’s locally sourced seafood, lamb, sea-salt and carrageen!