Here at Croaghaun in Achill we are 688m above sea level THE HIGHEST CLIFFS IN IRELAND & THE UK

This is Achill, in the west of Ireland

Lashed by the ocean, carved by the wind and swept by the rain, Achill is one of Ireland’s most spectacular and beautiful places.

Achill’s rugged landscape features dramatic cliffs, soaring mountains, remote lakes and secluded beaches – including no fewer than five Blue Flag beaches.

I’m blessed to call County Mayo my home and this is my getaway, a free weekend a free afternoon and this where you’ll find me. This is Achill Island, drive on and relax in total peace.

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.