Achill Island, County Mayo
Achill Island is Ireland’s largest offshore island in County Mayo and can be accessed via a road bridge. Once there you’ll find a plethora of activities, sights and breath-taking scenery. The Atlantic Drive for example takes visitors on a 40km round trip that includes the very best of the island’s scenery.
Achill is also home to five stunning Blue Flag beaches, some of Europe’s highest cliffs and large tracts of blanket bog, which sweep over the island’s two peaks and down to the shore. The island holds proof of human settlement dating back 5,000 years in the form of various megalithic tombs and promontory forts. There is also a 16th Century fortified tower house, Kildamhnait Castle, the 189th Century Acaill Mission and the poignant deserted villages at Slievemore and Ailt.
Cyclists and walkers are also catered for with a host of trails and quiet lanes, which will help you to discover all that this idyllic island has to offer. The Great Western Greenway is a new 42km long track for cyclists, walkers and runners and follows the route of the former Achill to Westport railway line.
Achill also plays host to a variety of festivals throughout the year covering everything from traditional music, arts and culture to walking and seafood, as well as being an ideal destination for water-sports enthusiasts. There’s something to cater for everyone whether you’re interested in surfing, windsurfing, canoeing or kayaking with a number of local schools providing tuition and equipment hire.
And if you prefer stretching fairways to catching waves, there’s even a nine-hole golf course or a nine-hole pitch and putt course to put you through your paces.
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