The Colony Tour

Achill’s Number 1 Walking Tour

A two-hour historical tour of the ruins of the Achill Mission

In the Year of Our Lord 1831 a young Irish Prophet came into the West to save the heathen native Irish from the errors of Popery and found a new Protestant Zion in the most destitute wilderness of the Irish nation. The arrival of Edward Nangle on Achill would ignite a 50 year long religious war waged with guns, Bibles, famine and starvation and ultimately shape the entire destiny of the Irish nation.
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Open all year. Join us on The Colony Tour on Wednesdays and Sundays at Dugort Beach for a fascinating walk in the ruins of the Achill Mission. Cost € 20 per person. Or call to arrange private Tour.

Meet your guide Kevin Toolis

our Reviews

A fantastic Tour of The Colony brought to Life by Kevin’s knowledge and ability to bring you through a most amazing part of history.


Tripadvisor Reviewer

A great storyteller. Fantastic Tour. Take a trip through time and beautiful scenery with Kevin to hear the fascinating story of The Colony, whether you have a connection to Achill or not the story of Edward Nangle and the people of Achill is not to be missed.

Sharon E

Tripadvisor reviewer

Myself and my husband took this tour in August and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. We are regular visitors to Achill and had some idea of the history of The Colony but had been meaning for years to find out more . This tour is fascinating , really brought to life by Kevin’s in depth knowledge of this particular time in Achill and his entertaining delivery . As he brings you through the tour in a small group , you get to walk through the history of the area, with plenty of interaction and opportunity to ask questions. We were only sorry we didn’t bring the children, so we will be back to do it again with them! We have recommended it to family and friends, who have since taken the tour and loved it . This is a must do on a trip to Achill.

C Murray

Tripadvisor Reviewer