Your Achill Holiday

Keel Beach
Keem Bay
Road to Dugort from Keel
Keem Bay from Access Road

About Achill

Achill Island is situated in County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland. It is the largest Island of Ireland and has a population of around 2,700 people.

Even with it's remote location Achill is easily accessible from the mainland and has all the local amenities and services you will require.

It has some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland, including the Atlantic Drive and is steeped in a rich history. The ideal location for a peaceful and stress free holiday.

Historical Achill

Achill has a rich history and even has it's own Archaeological Field School based at the Achill Archaeology Centre in Dooagh.

With settlements on the Island as early as the late Neolithic period, Achill's interesting past is here for you to discover on your visit.

To read more about Achill and its history visit the Wikipedia page  .

Attractions Local to Canthurlin

Below is a list of some places that you may wish to visit during your stay in Achill.

For more ideas please visit the
Achill-Tourism  site.

  • Keem bay and blue flag beach.
  • Beautiful Dooagh village.
  • Cliffs of Croaghaun are the highest sea cliffs in Europe.
  • The remote but beautiful Annagh. Including the lowest corrie lake in Ireland. By foot or boat only.
  • Moytoge Head wartime observation post
  • Slievemore Mountain (672m) and "Deserted village"
  • 5000 year old neolithic tomb (near Slievemore
  • Granuaile's Tower at Kildavnet (16th Century)
  • 5000 year old Neolithic tomb
  • Achillbeg island (Access by local arrangement)
  • Five blue flag beaches
Road to Dugort from Keel

Local Activities

  • Water sports (surfing, canoeing Kayaking
  • Hill walking
  • Sea angling
  • Pitch and putt course
  • Nine hole golf course
  • Horse Riding
  • Cycling
  • Blue flag beaches
  • Local craft shops
  • Boat trips to other Islands


As well as providing some relaxing scenic walks Achill also has Hill walks at varying levels of ease.

Achill tourism provides seven hill walk guides . Each of these guides are part of the Achill hill walk festival that takes place during March.


The island has a 9 hole course behind Keel Beach and there is a further 9 hole course at Mulranny (including sheep and cattle). There is the highly renowned links course at Carne on the Belmullet Peninsular (approx. 1 hour drive) and also an excellent course at Westport (previously hosted Irish PGA championships) and Castlebar, both approx. 50 minutes drive. Access is also excellent if you wish to play further afield in Connemara or Donegal.

Places to eat

Achill has a vast array of places to eat out. Whether it is a cafe, bar food or a local restaurant you are after you will not have to look far. Serving local produce and many specialising in seafood you are spoilt for choice. Achill Tourism has a great guide to eating out.

Eating out 
Pubs and Bars