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Achill Island Information

Achill Information

Achill Island, the largest island off the coast of Ireland, is bridge-linked to the Curraun Peninsula at Achill Sound. The beauty of its wild mountains, undulating open moorland and dramatic cliff scenery is unequaled anywhere. Most of Achill's beautiful beaches carry the European 'Blue flag', confirming their quality and status. Achill has always attracted artists and writers who were drawn to the island by its unique beauty and old world character. These included painters Paul Henry, Charles Lamb, Derick Hill, Robert Henri and the German Nobel Prize-winning author, Heinrich Boll.

Holiday activities are many and varied, and include hill-walking, swimming, cycling, water sports, diving, fishing and golf.

Visit the Achill Tourism website:

  • Woodland Faerie Trail and Shop at The Valley House
  • Seafood Festival, Traditional Irish Music Festival, Yawl Racing Festival, Painting Schools, Archeological Summer School and Colaiste Gaelige (Irish Language Summer School).
  • Fishing: 5 excellent trout lakes, three of which are within 5 minutes walk of The Valley House including Lough Gall which has access from TheValley House grounds.
  • Sea fishing - from the shore; boat trips also available
  • Surfing and Diving, Canoeing and Windsurfing - facilities and tuition available locally, PADI Dive Center at Purteen Harbour
  • Hill walking and climbing
  • Magnificent scenery:- The Atlantic Drive, Minaun Cliffs, Keem Bay, Five Blue Flag Beaches, Deserted village, megalithic tombs
  • 9-hole golf links at Keel


Map of Achill Island