Welcome to Achill Island


Achill is at its most dramatic during winter, when high winds and lashing seas make the island seem downright inhospitable. The year-round population, though, remains as welcoming as ever. In summer, heather, rhododendrons and wildflowers bloom, splashing the island with colour.

The village of Keel is the island's main centre of activity – which is a relative term.


Top experiences in Achill Island

Achill Island activities

$1727.57 Cultural & Theme Tours

Explorer Series 8-Day Guided Croagh Patrick & Islands Walk

Day 1: You arrive to the capital of Mayo – Castlebar town.  Here, your Guide will meet you at 16.00 hours, introduce you to your other group members & whisk you away to the western reaches of this glorious region to reach Achill Island.  This is your base for your next 2 nights and your Guide will brief you on the coming days of your holiday & ensure you are properly prepared for each day.  You will then walk to a nearby restaurant to enjoy your first dinner together & experience island Day 2: Achill Island - Leaving your accommodation, you reach a magnificent lake hidden in the mountains in an idyllic setting which supplies most of the island with its water. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 14kms. Day 3: Mulranny to Westport - Leaving this beautiful island, you then continue south east to reach the town of Mulranny. Before leaving Achill, your Guide will take you to see the beautiful Keem Beach – voted Ireland’s best beach! Walk Details – Distance: Up to 16kms.Day 4: Clare Island - Your day starts today with a glorious drive around the shores of Clew Bay to then reach a small harbour on the western tip of these shores.  From here, you take a small ferry across to the magnificent Clare Island. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 16kms. Day 5: Croagh Patrick - Today is your day for experiencing a pilgrimage as you hike the iconic mass of Croagh Patrick.  No trip to Mayo is complete without a journey to the “Reek” and as it dominates the landscape, so it features in so much conversation around the locality. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 14kms.  Day 6: Kilary Harbour - Today, you travel south through a wild & untouched region of mountain and bogland to reach the village of Leenane at the eastern end of Ireland’s only fjord – Killary Harbour. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 10kms. Day 7: Inishbofin Island - Your final day takes you by ferry from Cleggan Pier to the beautiful island of Inishbofin – awash with history, tradition & wonderful people. This is a day of discovery as you enjoy a circular walk around this historical island. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 16kms with some “cut off points” for those wanting shorter distances. Day 8: Departure - After your final and substantial Irish Breakfast, you will take the ferry back to the mainland & transfer by minivan to reach the bus & train station in Galway. From Galway, you can then avail of the excellent bus/train service to all major airports, cities & ferry ports in Ireland. Your estimated arrival time to Galway is approx. 11.00am.

$1710.30 Cultural & Theme Tours

Explorer Series 8 Day Guided Croagh Patrick & Islands Walk

Day 1: You arrive to the capital of Mayo – Castlebar town.  Here, your Guide will meet you at 16.00 hours, introduce you to your other group members & whisk you away to the western reaches of this glorious region to reach Achill Island.  You will then walk to a nearby restaurant to enjoy your first dinner together & experience island nightlife.  Day 2: Achill Island - After a scrumptious breakfast and armed with your picnic lunch, you will depart from your accommodation to start your walk, discovering the delights of this wonderful region.  Walk Details –  Distance: Up to 14kms. Highest point: 300mts.  Day 3: Mulranny to Westport - Leaving this beautiful island, you then continue south east to reach the town of Mulranny. Before leaving Achill, your Guide will take you to see the beautiful Keem Beach – voted Ireland’s best beach!!  Walk Details –  Distance: Up to 16kms. Highest point: 200mts.  Day 4: Clare Island - Your day starts today with a glorious drive around the shores of Clew Bay to then reach a small harbour on the western tip of these shores.  From here, you take a small ferry across to the magnificent Clare Island. Walk Details –  Distance: Up to 16kms. Highest point: 470mts. Day 5: Croagh Patrick - Today is your day for experiencing a pilgrimage as you hike the iconic mass of Croagh Patrick.  No trip to Mayo is complete without a journey to the “Reek” and as it dominates the landscape, so it features in so much conversation around the locality.  Walk Details –  Distance: Up to 14kms. Highest point: 765mts.  Day 6: Kilary Harbour Walk - Today, you travel south through a wild & untouched region of mountain and bogland to reach the village of Leenane at the eastern end of Ireland’s only fjord – Killary Harbour.  Walk Details –  Distance: Up to 10kms. Highest point: 400mts. Day 7: Inishbofin Island - Your final day takes you by ferry from Cleggan Pier to the beautiful island of Inishbofin – awash with history, tradition & wonderful people. This is a day of discovery as you enjoy a circular walk around this historical island.  Walk Details – Distance: Up to 16kms with some “cut off points” for those wanting shorter distances. Highest point: 150mts. Day 8: Departure - After your final and substantial Irish Breakfast, you will take the ferry back to the mainland & transfer by minivan to reach the bus & train station in Galway.  From Galway, you can then avail of the excellent bus/train service to all major airports, cities & ferry ports in Ireland.  Your estimated arrival time to Galway is approx. 11.00am.

$1611.25 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Western Wonders-Walking Tour-8 Days

Day 1:Belmullet Peninsula Highlight of the day:  Céide Fields  & Cliff Walk/ Overnight :  Belmullet/ Restaurant Suggestion:  Talbots Seafood BarDay 2: Inishkea Island Highlight of the day:  Walk along Inishkea Island/ Overnight:  Belmullet/ Restaurant Suggestion: The Barony RestaurantDay 3: Ballycroy National Pk & Achill Island  Highlight of the day:  Keel Beach walk on Achill Island/ Overnight :  Achill Island/ Restaurant Suggestion : The Village BakeryDay 4: Walk Up Croagh Patrick & Stay Westport Highlight of the day:  Walk up Croagh Patrick – Ireland's Holy Mountain/ Overnight:  Westport/ Restaurant Suggestion:  Olde Bridge RestaurantDay 5: Connemara & Killary Fjord Highlight of the day:  The Famine Walk along Killary Fjord/ Overnight :  Leenane Village/ Restaurant Suggestion:  Blackberry CafeDay 6: The Inagh Valley Highlight of the day:  The Inagh Valley Walk/ Overnight:  Leenane/ Restaurant Suggestion:  Hamiltons BarDay 7: The Burren National Park Highlight of the day: Walk through The Burren/ Overnight: Doolin Village/ Restaurant Suggestion : Magann’s PubDay 8: The Cliffs Of Moher Highlight of the day:  Hike Along The Cliffs Of Moher/ End of Services :  Thank You!