Achill Island – The Jewel of the Atlantic
A picture of Achill Island on The Wild Atlantic Way
As you cross the Michal Davitt Bridge at Achill Sound, the perfume of turf (peat), Rhododendrons , wild flowers and the crisp Atlantic Ocean waft across the land.
Achill Island is Ireland’s largest Island. This unforgettable landscape ranges from soaring mountains and dramatic cliffs to seascapes, beautiful sandy beaches and rugged bogland terrain. Achill boasts no fewer than five Blue Flag beaches and the highest sea cliffs in Northern Europe. Its two highest mountains, Slievemore and Croaghaun, stand at 672m and 688m respectively. Achill Cliff House Hotel is located in Keel, in the heart of Achill Island. This means it is the ideal base for exploring Achill Island and the west of Ireland – the ideal Mayo Hotel.
Achill has attracted a number of interesting people throughout its history, and its famous characters range from pirate queens to notorious landlords, martyred priests to renowned artists and writers. Achill Island with its arresting landscape and ever-changing light & weather makes it a famous retreat for the creative genre.
With settlement on the island dating from at least the 5th century BC, Achill boasts a wealth of historical and archaeological remnants. From promontory forts to ancient field systems, deserted villages to magical Gaelic place names, Achill offers a direct link to the past. Being an Island, Achill Island offers an abundance of outdoor activities. From a relaxing stroll on one of the 5 Blue flag beaches, to a day hiking to see the Highest Sea Cliffs in Northern Europe, to the more adventurous kite surfing if you are brave enough. Achill Island has it all come make your own adventure.
This enchanting, inspirational and magical Island has been home to many world renowned artists, poets & writers.