Featured Properties in Achill Island and County Mayo

Your Essential Guide to Achill Island

Things to do in Achill Island? You’ll be spoilt for choice! This beautiful island is located on the west coast of Ireland in County Mayo and is one of our favourite places to stay and explore.

Why? Stunning landscapes and great attractions make Achill a must-see.

That’s why we’ve sampled the best of the island to make your planning even easier…

Wander in a Deserted Achill Island Village

To explore the rich history of the island, the Deserted village should be on your Achill Island ‘to do’ list.  You’ll find it in Slievemore and soon discover that it presents a poignant reminder of past times in Achill Island.

The village consists of the remains of over 100 traditional stones cottages that stretch for a mile long on the southern side of Slievermore mountain.

The area boasts a number of archaeological artefacts such as tombs dating back to early Medieval times.

It really does feel like a journey back in time, a great place to reflect and take in the  scenery.

Savour a Blue Flag Beach

Keem Strand lies within Keem Bay and is a must visit when in Achill Islands as this secluded and picturesque beach is one of their Blue Flag beaches which ticks all boxes for cleanliness and quality.

Definitely a must see all year round with its sandy beach surrounded by stunning high cliff views.

Our favorite time to visit is in the summer when the sun is shining as you’ll really see the beauty of the beach.

Take to an Award-Winning Greenway

If you’re looking for something active and fun to do in Achill Island then we recommend the Great Western Greenway which is an awarding winning route for cycling and walking.

It is Ireland’s longest- off road cycling route that spans a huge 43.5km while offering you impressive views of the surrounding landscape that simply cant not be missed.

The great this is you don’t need to bring your bike with you as many businesses here provide a bike hire service, so there’s nothing stopping you and it is a perfect family friendly activity to take part in.

Lose Yourself in a Secret Garden (and More!)

Stunning Castle Visit

Kildavent Castle, also known as Grace O’Malley’s Castle, is located on south eastern side of Achill Islands. The beautiful architect of the tower was built with similarity to the Norman design.

The historic castle was built by the O’Malley family who were very powerful people with control of a big portion of Mayo including a number of castles.

We recommend taking a short trip out to explore the castle and learning more not just about the place but the family behind it too.

Lose Yourself an a Secret Garden

Hidden in a small bay within Achill island beside the sea, you’ll discover the impressive Achill Secret Garden. We recommend visiting this place as we think you’ll find it to be one the best attractions in Achill Island.

There are three acres of gardens to explore and a lot of famous artists have contributed to the beautiful landscape of the gardens.

Take in the beauty and tranquility of the trees, plants and flowers as you walk through Achill Secret Garden. You can also request a garden tour to hear from experts about the history of the garden.

Achill Island

Celebrated Beaches, Immersive History

Savour the Tranquility of Dogort

Another place for you to explore is the lovely tourist destination of Dogort situated on the north side of Achill Island.

It has two Blue Flag Awarded Beaches the Silver Stand and the Golden Strand both which are alluring in their own right and definitely worth checking out.

Dogort also boast a wealth of history as the Slievermore Hotel was established right here in 1839 that was brought by colonisers from England.

In the present day Dogort offers a tranquil and relaxing beach destination.  It also offers a bars and restaurants where you can try out some local food and drinks.

Sample the Achill Experience!

The Achill Experience is a great place to visit as it contains not just an aquarium, an island life exhibition and an art exhibition but also a history room that provides information on the Achill’s Islands fascinating past.

The Achill Experience offers something for everyone.

A must for your visit to Achill Island.