Enjoy the serenity and wonder of Ireland’s most beautiful beach, Keem Bay, in the far west of the island where in May and June huge but harmless basking sharks feast on summer plankton.
Cycle the Greenway
Forget the car and take your bike along the Greenway to join the Colony Tour in Dugort – just three kilometres from the Achill terminus of Ireland’s most beautiful off road cycle route.
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Visit the haunted ruins of the Deserted Village on the slopes of Slievemore mountain, whose 130 houses were abandoned soon after the Great Famine of 1847.
Join local swimmers of Vitamin Sea on their daily dip at 8.00am weekdays, 10.00am at weekends, at Dugort Beach, next to the Strand Hotel and the Colony Tour. Or Dooega Beach at 16.45pm. All welcome. 365 days a years, hail, sun or storm. Just turn up with your togs and join the gang.
And after the chill, book your spot in the steam in the island’s two beachfront Wild Atlantic Saunas.
Enjoy the wandering sheep even if it’s scary on the road.
The reason for the colours on their wool is for farmers to know whose sheep is whose.
Look up into the Universe in Achill’s dark skies and see a million stars for free!
Or just enjoy the storm from the shore on the days when it’s too rough for a splash. Do bring your waterproofs.
Stay in the historic Valley House or just drop in on Thursdays for a pint in the bar and the traditional Irish music session.
Visit the fabulous artists Francis and Antic Ham of Red Fox Press in Dugort, buy a book, and check out the world’s biggest collection of Polaroid cameras – also for sale too!
Visit the home of Achill’s world famous Achill Island Sea Salt in Bunacurry and taste the life-enhancing history of the crystals we scatter on our food.
Take a Tour of Ireland’s only island whiskey distillery, IrishAmerican, and fortify the day with a touch of the hard stuff.
Look out for the Circus! Achill is home to Circus250 – Ireland’s only all female Circus and shows and workshops for kids happen all year round on the island.
Visit the Achill Aquarium for a glimpse of all the seas creatures who surround Achill’s shores. Read more: achillexperience.ie
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