Sports activities on Achill Island, Ireland

sea and shore angling on achill island

Sea and Shore Angling on Achill Island

Achill Island's coast has cliffs, superb strands, little harbours and rocky shores – all the variety a shore angler could want, with the addition of charter boats equipped for cruises in pursuit of shark, tuna and dozens of smaller species. The Irish Record porbeagle was caught off Achill in 1932 and the Record blue shark in 1959. Specimen Fish caught from 2000 to 2005 were 8 tub gurnard, a red gurnard, a ballan wrasse and an electric ray. Achill has a long tradition for first class offshore angling. The many reefs and rock pinnacles include the Bills Rocks, Achill Head, Dysaghy Rocks and Saddle Head. Besides the Irish Record sharks, Specimens have included coalfish, dab, grey and tub gurnard, hake, megrim, pollack and a red sea bream.


hillwalking on achill island

Walking on Achill Island

Achill Island is an ideal location for the walking enthusiast. Achill Isle Walks can cater for all levels of walkers, from gentle walks along the coast to the more demanding day out on Croaghan, Achill’s highest mountain. Look at the flora and fauna and archaeology that is available on each walk. A handcrafted itinerary of your choice can be provided for a number of multi-day walks or just the one walk during your stay on Achill. Allow yourself to unwind in Achill's unspoiled landscape.

Tomás Mac Lochlainn, has an in depth knowledge of Achill’s archaeology, history, botany, geology and marine ecology to make any of your walks with him an enjoyable experience. Tomás has a wide knowledge of the outdoors and has organised courses for school groups, third level courses and the corporate sector. Tomás is a senior qualified and experienced professional guide.

Hillwalking on Achill Island. From the top of Slievemore (671 m), you have superb views of the Mullet peninsula beyond, with the Iniskea and Duvillaun islands to its south and west. A long and rewarding walk westwards brings you past the Napoleonic tower and towards Annagh, one of the most extraordinary places in Ireland, with its lake perched perilously above the ocean, waiting to be one day consumed by the crashing waves. Hillwalking on Slievemore can be combined with a visit to the famous deserted village below. A loop walk to the summit of Croaghaun, with Ireland’s tallest cliffs at 688m, takes in both Acorrymore Lake and the stunning corrie lake that is Lough Bunnafreva West, with superb views out to Saddle Head beyond. This is really great hillwalking, where the slightly lower SW top of Croaghaun steals the show, thanks to its sheer smooth rock wall and views along the spine of Achill Head.Indeed, just hillwalking from Keem Bay out to Achill Head along the cliffs at Benmore and descending down into the valley with its abandoned booley houses, without ever reaching the dizzy heights of Croaghaun’s cliffs, is a rewarding hike in itself. The lovely cliff-top walk from Minaun down towards Dooega, hidden away on the island’s south coast, can be combined with a vist to promontory forts further along this rock strewn part of the island’s shoreline. From the top, by the booster station, enjoy lovely views over Keel strand directly below and of Slievemore and Croaghaun in the distance.

Achill Yawl Sailing

The Achill Yawl Festival is an annual series of races involving traditional Achill yawl sailing boats.  The races take place at various locations along Achill Sound, the body of Atlantic water that connects Clew Bay with Blacksod Bay on the west coast of County Mayo. The Achill Yawl is a traditional wooden sailing boat with a solid hull and a single mast.  In recent years, partly due to the success of The Achill Yawl Festival, there has been a revival in this traditional vessel.  The Achill Yawl Festival runs from July to September each year, with races taking place at weekends and in the evenings (when tides allow).  An exciting spectator sport, the races are keenly contested by local teams from the Achill and Mulranny areas.

Achill Island Golf Club

Achill Island Golf Club beside Keel Strand.  It is a 9 hole links course offering some stunning views as well as some challenging golf holes.  Achill Island Golf Club is open for visitors. We offer very keen daily green fee rates as well as excellent value for money weekly rates for holiday makers.  Set in a spectacular location beside the Atlantic Ocean, the course is a must see and play for visitors.

Keel,
Achill Island.
098 43456
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