Achill, the largest island off the coast of Ireland and connected to the Mayo mainland by a bridge, is a place of sheer beauty, with mountains, lakes, valleys, magnificent sea-cliffs, wild moors and spectacular scenery. Wild, rugged and exceptionally scenic, Achill, is a popular destination for large numbers of visitors being drawn to its many historic sites and fun facilities and wide variety of outdoor activities. Achill Island has a rich history of human settlement with megalithic tombs and promontory forts dating back over 5,000 years. The island also has a 15th century fortified tower house in Kildamhnait Castle, the 19th century Achill Mission and the poignant deserted villages at Slievemore and Ailt.
The exceptionally beautiful landscape is also a huge attraction for tourists with idyllic and pristine beaches, some of Europe's tallest sea cliffs and large extensive areas of bog spread over the island's two peaks and sweeping down to the coastline. The 30 mile Achill Drive
takes in the best vantage points to fully appreciate the scenery, while visitors on foot or on bike can enjoy the slower pace of Island life by exploring the peaceful country lanes and trails.
Achill Island really comes to life in Spring and Summer with many festivals taking place celebrating everything from Irish traditional music, arts and culture to extreme sports, walking, sailing and seafood. Fishing, surfing, windsurfing, diving and kayaking are also a big draw along with the various craft shops and art galleries.
It has a number of small attractive villages such as Dooagh, Doogort
, Dooniver and several blue flag sandy beaches ideal for bathing, excellent deep sea, shore and lake angling and opportunities for all kinds of outdoor activities. Given good weather, Achill can be magical, where visitors can get away from the pressures of the world and unwind. For young people, Achill is a special treat. It is also a Gaeltacht area.
Where to stay in Achill Island
Achill Island has very good accommodation options including hotels, self-catering holiday homes, guesthouses and B&B's.
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