Achill Island

The Treasure of County Mayo County Mayo in the West of Ireland

Achill Island is the largest island in the Country (24km x 19km) and is accessible from the mainland by bridge. Its magnificent sandy beaches, sea cliffs and warm hospitality bring visitors back again and again for holidays.

Visit the beautiful villages of Dooagh and Dooega, the high cliffs at Slievemore and Minaun, the magnificent beaches at Keel and Keem, under the Achill Head. The famous Atlantic Drive takes you on a journey of scenic splendour, a must for all visitors to Achill.

Achill boasts no less than two adventure centres which offer the best in windsurfing, sailing, abseiling, diving and many other activities.

The Achill Seafood Festival has established itself as one of Mayo's best festival weekends. The Festival, which is held in July, offers the best in delicious gourmet seafood, with plenty of ceol, music agus craic in the many traditional pubs in the evenings. Scoil Acla is one of Ireland's oldest summer schools offering workshops in traditional music, creative writing, set dancing and Ceili Workshops. The summer school hosts art exhibitions, painting courses and of course, Gaeilge Acla - the Irish of Achill.

Did you know ?
The Bills are desolated rocks offshore nine miles from Achill Island. They stand one hundred and twenty-four feet above sea level
There is an old legend that recognised these rocks as the remnant of the lost Atlantis, a disappeared mythical continent whose end the Greek writer Plato, who lived four hundred years before Christ, wrote:
"At that time the Atlantic ocean was navigable and there was an island greater than Libya and Asia togheter. On this island a very rich war-race lived; but prodigious earthquakes and deluges took place and brought with them desolation in the space of one night, so all this people were merged under the earth, and Atlantis Island itself being absorbed in the sea entirely disappeared."


Experience Island Archaeology in the beautiful West of Ireland; visit the Achill Archaeological Field School.

Useful Directions

  • To Westport - approx 27miles (44km) R319 then N59 via Mulranny and Newport.
  • To Castlebar - approx 31miles (50km) R319 then N59 via Mulranny to Newport and then R311.
  • To Knock Airport - approx 60miles (95km) R319 then N59 via Mulranny to Newport, then R311, N5 to Charlestown and N17.
  • To Galway - approx 77miles (124km) N59 via Mulranny to Westport, then R330 to Ballinrobe and N84.