Achill island in Mayo

Achill island is the largest of all the islands in Ireland and connected to the Corraun peninsula on the mainland by a bridge. The roads sweep round the coastline offering beautiful views of the Atlantic waves hitting the rocks and coves at sea level. Driving across the island brings you through wild bogland, dotted with neat piles of stacked turf. The mountain scenery on Achill is truly spectacular. All roads lead to the west end of the island, where the main hub of the population live. The village of Keel stands well back from the long sweeping strand, which faces the full wrath of the Atlantic, only protected on one side by the massive cliffs on Minaun. The road continues through the village of Dooagh and then climbs up, hugging the side of Croaghaun mountain before making its way back down to sea level to Keem beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland. A trail leads up from the beach to Moyteoge Head and over to the cliffs of Croaghaun, the third highest sea cliffs in Europe. Further along the coastline here, heading east, Slievemore mountain dominates the landscape. The famous ‘Deserted village’ on its slopes, is one of the most visited sites on the island.

What Is Included IN THE PRICE:

  • One night accommodation and breakfast in a B&B (shared occupancy)

  • One evening meal

  • (snacks, lunch and any alcohol are not included)

Where is achill?

Achill is a one hour drive from Westport in Mayo.

How hard will the hiking be? 

We will be driving around the island however, we will be walking in some locations, sometimes over rough terrain. If you have mobility problems, this is probably not the trip for you. 

What camera gear should I bring?

The following are some recommendations. Since we will be hiking during part of the day and carrying our own gear, equipment should be kept to a minimum.

 Camera Equipment:

  • Lightweight tripod

  • Camera backpack

  • DSLR camera body

  • Lenses

  • Various ND filters/polarizers

  • Extra batteries

  • Lens cloth

 Other items:

  • Comfortable hiking boots

  • Long pants

  • Warm jacket

  • Rain jacket

  • Snack bars/lunch/water

  • Headlamp/flashlight