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Achill Island

Ireland's Largest Island Located in Co Mayo

Used as the film set for The Banshees of Inisherin, Ireland's largest island is located in Co. Mayo on the West Coast of Ireland. With human activity on the island dating back over 5,000 years, Achill Island is one of Ireland's most historic and unique sites.  Marked by rugged mountains and peat bogs, the island is known for its tall sea cliffs and clean beaches.

Majestic mountains, breath-taking landscapes and miles of unspoilt Blue Flag beaches, Achill Island is a paradise for lovers of outdoor pursuits and water sports of all types. Popular water sports on Achill Island include swimming, windsurfing, surfing, kite surfing, kayaking and canoeing.

A visit to Achill Island can be as active, or as relaxed, as visitors choose. Achill Island offers lots of restaurants with fresh Atlantic seafood as a speciality, and its pubs and bars provide a traditional Irish welcome.

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.

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.

Lush green hills, jagged mountain edges, golden sandy beaches and crystal clear waters are the definition of what Mayo’s Wild Atlantic Way have to offer.

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.

Stay with us at McWilliam Park Hotel whilst touring Mayo, enjoy complimentary use of our leisure facilities.