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Achill Island Gifts & Crafts Online Shop

Welcome to the LoveAchill shop.We produce a range of items from T-shirts to custom made signage.You can purchase some of our products online here. We hope that you enjoy our unique products and we will be growing this section of our site constantly, so check back soon for more original Achill Island gifts.


 live streaming webcam Achill Island,Mayo, Ireland

Live webcam on Achill Island, Ireland

 

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visit us at westnet.ieLoveAchill.com are happy to bring you this live streaming webcam in association with Westnet.ie and Ferndale Luxury Bed & Breakfast.The view is looking East over Keel beach on the Mayo Wild Atlantic Way, with Minaun cliffs in the background.The view changes to a close up of the surf after 30 seconds.

Cafe

The Cafe is closed this summer 2017

Our Cafe is situated in the LoveAchill information centre, easily recognizable by the unique pink and blue colour scheme, and provides sit in or take away Lavazza coffee, teas and hot chocolate. We serve cookies and some snacks, however we don't serve lunches or other food. Free WIFI is available, and we have a range of souviners and gift items in our LoveAchill shop. The cafe is also the base for our surf school and surf shop. Call in for a coffee and a chat, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have about touring around Achill and the services available on The Island.

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We are open from 10.00am until 5.00pm Monday to Saturday and 11am until 5pm on Sundays. Sometimes we open a little later and close a little earlier if there's surf to be had, so please work with us on that one!

Blackfeild surf school kids

Learn to surf in Blackfield Surf School

Surf lessons on Achill Island, Ireland

Blackfield Surf School is Achill Islands only Irish Surfing Association approved surf school.

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In summertime we operate from our double decker bus on Keel beach and the rest of the year we work from the LoveAchill building on the main road just one mile from Keel beach.We run lessons for children and adults and in July and August our kids surf camp is a unique surfing experience for children aged 8-16  years.

Kids Surf Camp.In July and August (and weekends in June) from 10.30am until 12.45, we run a daily summer camp for kids aged 8-16.Our aim is to provide a safe, fun learning environment where we work hard to ensure all the kids taking part have the opportunity to learn, practise and develop their skills.The camp runs from Monday-Friday inclusive and can be booked on a weekly or daily basis (we can't guarantee that there will always be space to take in kids day to day especially in the busy weeks but we do try!) We believe that water safety,wave and beach knowledge are fundamental building blocks to lifelong enjoyment of the sport, so we include all these topics informally throughout the week.

blackfield surf camp

Lessons for All. For older kids and adults, we run classes on Keel beach all year around.These are suitable for individuals or groups wishing to learn to surf, whether for the first time, or to build upon previous lessons and experience.We can look after you whether you are by yourself or part of a larger group.We can help with accommodation and offer you a good rate on surfboard and wetsuit hire if you fancy taking your newly acquired skills back onto the water.

Gerry has been surfing for over 20 years and has worked as a lifeguard on beaches from north Mayo to Kerry including six summers on Keel beach.He is still a currently qualified beach lifeguard and an Irish Surfing Association qualified coach.The surf school is the original Irish Surfing Association approved school on the island, and one of only a small number in Mayo.Approval means that we meet or exceed the industry standard on issues of safety,equipment, tuition,child protection etc, and the ISA routinely inspects us to ensure that these standards are maintained.Gerry is usually around to help you with advice and a fair smattering of local knowledge

Surf Lessons usually last around an hour and a half of actual water-time.You need to leave up to two and a half hours for geting changed and on-shore instruction.We provide all the equipment, you just need to bring your swimming costume and towel and lots of enthusiasm!

Surf Shop

Our surf shop carries a range of wetsuits and bodyboards,shoes,rash vests,wax,repair kits,snorkelling sets, towels and beach robes-kites,beach toys and whatever else you might need to have fun on the 5 blue flag beaches on Achill Island.

We also rent surfboards and wetsuits-in summertime from the double decker bus on Keel beach and the rest of the season from our shop.

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Contact us on 0872495175 or click here

Funky Surf Bus Cafe

Our surf bus is located right on Keel beach with fantastic views of the surf and Minaun cliffs during the summer season.  We run our surf school and equipment rental from right on the beach.  Our quality coffee, tea and famous hot chocolate are also available on the bus.  So get your surf lessons or rent all the necessary gear and go solo, or just sit on the top deck with a coffee and the best views of Keel Beach.

We are Achill Islands original ISA approved surf school.We offer surf lessons for kids, adults and groups including stag, hens, corporate and educational groups. Located 1 mile from Keel beach, we're the bright blue building on the left hand side of the road as you approach Keel from Achill Sound on the R319. In the summer (since we're still calling it that for the moment!) or more specifically July and August, we have a double decker bus on Keel beach serving teas and coffee and acting as a base for the surf school

We are open from 10.00am until 5.00pm Monday to Saturday and 11am until 5pm on Sundays. Sometimes we open a little later and close a little earlier if there's surf to be had, so please work with us on that one!

Get out and explore.

sea kayak on achill island

Achill Island is a great place to go exploring.From quiet villages to bustling bars.The landscape lends itself to discovery whether by foot,on bike, by car or almost any other form of transport.The seascape is particularly beautiful, featuring the highest sea cliffs in Europe,sea stacks,caves,arches and hidden beaches.Thanks to Chris for the video below which shows a small journey by sea kayak around Keel and Inisgaloon and Minaun cliffs.Let this be the starting point for your expedition.

Loveachill.ie wins IEDR Optimise award.

Loveachill.ie wins IEDR Optimise Award!

Loveachill.ie has been selected as a winner in this years IEDR Optimise awards.

The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the managed registry for Ireland’s official Internet address .ie, today announced the 15 winners of its OPTIMISE 2014 Fund. The winning companies include micro-enterprises, SMEs, emerging and established companies from the retail, travel, tourism, charity and service sectors (full details below).

The IEDR’s OPTIMISE e-Commerce Website Development Fund provides €150,000 worth of professional consultancy and support to help 15 Irish SMEs and micro-enterprises upgrade their online presence and grow their business using the Internet as a sales and marketing channel.

Now in its fourth year the OPTIMISE Fund has already benefitted a total of 45 small businesses across all industries and from all parts of the country who have had free professional consultation, practical training and e-commerce development from some of Ireland’s best known online business advisers. The Fund was originally created in response to strong demand from Ireland’s SME community for practical, hands-on assistance in the area of e-commerce and new technologies.

Loveachill will use this award to assist with the development of its online shop, due to come on-stream in September 2014. The shop will offer a range of Achill themed products, designed and made by Loveachill in its Closhreed premises. Some of these items are already available in the LoveAchill shop in Closhreed and Sweeneys in Achill Sound. We have designed and manufactured items for Achill Island Holidays, Ferndale Luxury B&B as well as Achill Rovers Football club including  a custom made mirrored award for their infamous "Most Eligible Bachelor of the Year 2014" award!

We are delighted that the IEDR have given us this vote of confidence, for ourselves and the businesses and enterprises in Achill that we represent from individuals through to the Achill Business Network.

Our live webcam has proven a huge hit with visitors,potential visitors and locals alike and we are sure that this award will allow us to move onto even more exciting developments! Many thanks to Westnet.ie broadband and Ferndale luxury B+B

Read the full article here

Delivery and other stuff

Who delivers our orders?

At the moment we use An Post to deliver all our orders.

Delivery Options.

Within Ireland we charge €3.50 for a delivery.If your order is above €50 then we will deliver free of charge within Ireland.

To the UK we charge €4.50

How will I know when my order has been shipped?

We will e-mail you with the details when your order leaves our premises.

How long will my order take?

We make most of the items that we sell, so we can usually ship within 2-3 days.If there will be a delay longer than this then we will contact you straight away and let you know.

 Can I collect my order from the Achill shop?

No problem! We can arrange collection from the shop, we will let you know when your order is ready and plan a convenient time to have it picked up.There  is no charge for this.Please select the "Collection from Achill" option for delivery.

Register with us now!

If you are a  tourism or service provider who constantly brings  visitors to the island, we want you to show them what we have to offer!

Here's how it works.

Register with us.(click on: Create an account)

Drop in and collect your custom made "Local Hero" token.

Bring your visitors to our building for a look around and if you both decide to stay for a coffee or tea..

Show us your token and your americano or tea will be on us!

 

Register now and get our custom made wooden token!

Loveachill.ie wins IEDR Optimise award.

Loveachill.ie wins IEDR Optimise Award!

Loveachill.ie has been selected as a winner in this years IEDR Optimise awards.

The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the managed registry for Ireland’s official Internet address .ie, today announced the 15 winners of its OPTIMISE 2014 Fund. The winning companies include micro-enterprises, SMEs, emerging and established companies from the retail, travel, tourism, charity and service sectors (full details below).

The IEDR’s OPTIMISE e-Commerce Website Development Fund provides €150,000 worth of professional consultancy and support to help 15 Irish SMEs and micro-enterprises upgrade their online presence and grow their business using the Internet as a sales and marketing channel.

Now in its fourth year the OPTIMISE Fund has already benefitted a total of 45 small businesses across all industries and from all parts of the country who have had free professional consultation, practical training and e-commerce development from some of Ireland’s best known online business advisers. The Fund was originally created in response to strong demand from Ireland’s SME community for practical, hands-on assistance in the area of e-commerce and new technologies.

Loveachill will use this award to assist with the development of its online shop, due to come on-stream in September 2014. The shop will offer a range of Achill themed products, designed and made by Loveachill in its Closhreed premises. Some of these items are already available in the LoveAchill shop in Closhreed and Sweeneys in Achill Sound. We have designed and manufactured items for Achill Island Holidays, Ferndale Luxury B&B as well as Achill Rovers Football club including  a custom made mirrored award for their infamous "Most Eligible Bachelor of the Year 2014" award!

We are delighted that the IEDR have given us this vote of confidence, for ourselves and the businesses and enterprises in Achill that we represent from individuals through to the Achill Business Network.

Our live webcam has proven a huge hit with visitors,potential visitors and locals alike and we are sure that this award will allow us to move onto even more exciting developments! Many thanks to Westnet.ie broadband and Ferndale luxury B+B

Read the full article here

Promote your business in LoveAchill

Loveachill.com is a complete listing of business activity within the Achill area. Our comprehensive site offers opportunities for business to avail of the platform to promote their activities.

We offer advanced listings  including graphics, photographs, video and translation into German and French as well as banner ads, e-mail campaigns and other web based promotions on the loveachill.com site. We are happy to design a  campaign to match the needs of your business.

We recommend that business's and service providers drop in to us, any leaflets, cards and literature they have for distribution to the public. Also if any changes are needed to your listing or if you have been accidentally missed, please contact us immediately. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We also offer user friendly website design to put you in control of your own website, as well as training on all aspects of setting up and managing your own online resources.

Contact us by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., via our contact page or chat with us live onlline to see how we can help to promote your business.

Learn to surf in Blackfield Surf School

Surf lessons on Achill Island, Ireland

Blackfield Surf School is Achill Islands only Irish Surfing Association approved surf school.

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In summertime we operate from our double decker bus on Keel beach and the rest of the year we work from the LoveAchill building on the main road just one mile from Keel beach.We run lessons for children and adults and in July and August our kids surf camp is a unique surfing experience for children aged 8-16  years.

Kids Surf Camp.In July and August (and weekends in June) from 10.30am until 12.45, we run a daily summer camp for kids aged 8-16.Our aim is to provide a safe, fun learning environment where we work hard to ensure all the kids taking part have the opportunity to learn, practise and develop their skills.The camp runs from Monday-Friday inclusive and can be booked on a weekly or daily basis (we can't guarantee that there will always be space to take in kids day to day especially in the busy weeks but we do try!) We believe that water safety,wave and beach knowledge are fundamental building blocks to lifelong enjoyment of the sport, so we include all these topics informally throughout the week.

blackfield surf camp

Lessons for All. For older kids and adults, we run classes on Keel beach all year around.These are suitable for individuals or groups wishing to learn to surf, whether for the first time, or to build upon previous lessons and experience.We can look after you whether you are by yourself or part of a larger group.We can help with accommodation and offer you a good rate on surfboard and wetsuit hire if you fancy taking your newly acquired skills back onto the water.

Gerry has been surfing for over 20 years and has worked as a lifeguard on beaches from north Mayo to Kerry including six summers on Keel beach.He is still a currently qualified beach lifeguard and an Irish Surfing Association qualified coach.The surf school is the original Irish Surfing Association approved school on the island, and one of only a small number in Mayo.Approval means that we meet or exceed the industry standard on issues of safety,equipment, tuition,child protection etc, and the ISA routinely inspects us to ensure that these standards are maintained.Gerry is usually around to help you with advice and a fair smattering of local knowledge

Surf Lessons usually last around an hour and a half of actual water-time.You need to leave up to two and a half hours for geting changed and on-shore instruction.We provide all the equipment, you just need to bring your swimming costume and towel and lots of enthusiasm!

Surf Shop

Our surf shop carries a range of wetsuits and bodyboards,shoes,rash vests,wax,repair kits,snorkelling sets, towels and beach robes-kites,beach toys and whatever else you might need to have fun on the 5 blue flag beaches on Achill Island.

We also rent surfboards and wetsuits-in summertime from the double decker bus on Keel beach and the rest of the season from our shop.

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Contact us on 0872495175 or click here

Festivals and events on Achill Island

All Year Round

"From New York to Corrymore". An exhibition with a selection of prints on the work by the artist Robert Henri. Showing at CFAA, Crumpaun, Keel, Achill Island. 2 to 4 Monday to Friday

1st June and throughout the summer

Island Life. An exhibition by artist Padraig McCaul at The Western Light Gallery, Padraig also runs painting workshops from June to August. www.padraigmccaul.com

June, July & August 

The Kirkintilloch Tragedy. An exhibition on the full chain of events surrounding the tragic deaths of ten young potato pickers or "tattie hawkers" from Achill in a fire at Kirkintilloch, Scotland. Showing at CFAA, Crumpaun, Keel, Achill Island. 10 to 4 Monday to Friday. 

June to September

Achill Country Market. We are open every Friday June-Sept 11am to 1pm. We also attend other markets in Achill over the year like The Achill Sheep Show etc also every Easter Saturday. Strict guidelines ensure high quality food & craft are produced. Located at Ted Lavelles, Cashel, Achill Island. See our Facebook Page.

June to August

Mounts Funfair  is a family run fairground catering for all events festivals through out Ireland consisting of top class machines, no venue to small or to big. Based for the summer season in Keel, beside the beach.

14/15th June

The Achill Island "Give it a go" Weekend. Our outdoor providers offer special rates for the weekend to people who wish to try something new, this weekend includes a Blueway open day at Keem Beach.

21st June

Summer Solstice Walks. One guided walk to watch the sunrise and one to watch the sunset, contact Gerard Mangan 086 8439683

5th July

The Famous Achill Island Half Marathon and 10k Runwww.achillmarathon.com

18/20th July

The Festival of the Sea. A unique chance to taste and experience to seafood available from the sea and shore around Achill. Cookery demonstrations, markets and BBQ's.

26th July to 2nd August

Scoil Acla. A week of classes in traditional music, singing, writing, language and dancing. all organised by "Scoil Acla". 

6th September

The Achill Roar Adventure Race offers runners a choice of three distances 18km, 31km or 63km and includes kayaking or swimming with running and cycling. www.roar.ie

1st January

New Years Day Swim The people of Achill invite you to the Island to wash the cares of 2014 away by jumping into the sea & embracing 2015! at Dugort Silver Strand Blue Flag Beach. Locals will be on hand with hot soup & there’s live music & craic in The Strand Hotel. Collection on the day will go Achill RNLI Lifeboat. 

greenway bike hire

Greenway Bicycle Hire

We have a wide range consisting of Hybrid Bikes, Mountain Bikes, Child Trailers and Tag-a-Long Bikes.  All bikes come with a helmet, repair kit and insurance.  Bike can be hired by the day or week with a helmet, Hi-vis, Pannier and lock.  We cover all sections of The Greenway with our shuttle buses and trailers.

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm  Sat 9am-5pm  

                          Sun 10am-3pm (May-Sept)

Greenway Bicycle Hire,
Main Street,
Newport
Co. Mayo
086-0382594
086-0382593
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Bus, Rail & Road Travel to Achill Island, Ireland

Achill is the largest of Ireland's Islands and has been connected to the mainland by bridge since 1887, so no need for you to worry about ferry times, just drive straight on to the island.



For those of you travelling by train, the closest stations are in Castlebar (65kms) from Achill, and Westport (45kms) from Achill.  

For full information please click on the link provided.

Irish Rail Timetable 2016

  


Bus from Castlebar departs for Achill at 5.30pm

Bus from Westport departs for Achill at 6pm

For full information please click on the link provided.

                      Bus Eireann Timetable 2016.

 


You can also avail of The Great Western Greenway, and cycle from Westport or Newport to Achill Sound and then continue around the island using a combination of the 3 Achill Island cycle routes.

 

 

  


There is approximately 800 kms  of motorway in Ireland. So that means you will mainly be driving on a selection of primary and secondary national roads, we recommend you adjust your travel times to suit, in order to avoid disappointment.  Here are a selection of towns, distances and approximate driving times.

 

 
Westport 45 kms - 50mins
Castlebar 65 kms - 60mins
Dublin Airport 320 kms - 4hrs 15mins
Belfast Airport 350 kms - 5hrs
Knock Airport 105 kms - 1hr 45mins
Shannon Airport 222 kms - 3hr 10mins
Cork Airport 342 kms - 4hrs 50mins
Please note that these are estimated times under ideal conditions- and please remember to drive on the left !
 
 
Of course, you could also arrive by helicopter if you desire !, directions available on request!!
 


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Discover Achill Island, Ireland

There are lots of reasons to visit Achill Island. We could talk about our 5 blue flag beaches or the dramatic scenery, including the highest sea cliffs in Europe, or maybe we should mention the variety of outdoor activities that you can enjoy within such a small area. When you arrive on Achill Island you will find yourself surrounded by stunning scenery, right on the westerly edge of Europe and bang in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way. We pride ourselves on excellent walking and hiking trails and all forms of water sports, especially surfing for beginner or intermediate level surfers. Horse riding, golf, pitch & putt and fishing are all also available on The Island.

Since 2016,Achill has also had it's own aquarium and cultural centre- the Achill Experience.There is a fairy trail at the Valley House , and Achill even has it's own beer, brewed in the Achill brewery!

Achill Island, Ireland from Aerial.ie on Vimeo.

 

why visit Achill Island

 

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Funky Surf Bus Cafe

Our surf bus is located right on Keel beach with fantastic views of the surf and Minaun cliffs during the summer season.  We run our surf school and equipment rental from right on the beach.  Our quality coffee, tea and famous hot chocolate are also available on the bus.  So get your surf lessons or rent all the necessary gear and go solo, or just sit on the top deck with a coffee and the best views of Keel Beach.

We are Achill Islands original ISA approved surf school.We offer surf lessons for kids, adults and groups including stag, hens, corporate and educational groups. Located 1 mile from Keel beach, we're the bright blue building on the left hand side of the road as you approach Keel from Achill Sound on the R319. In the summer (since we're still calling it that for the moment!) or more specifically July and August, we have a double decker bus on Keel beach serving teas and coffee and acting as a base for the surf school

We are open from 10.00am until 5.00pm Monday to Saturday and 11am until 5pm on Sundays. Sometimes we open a little later and close a little earlier if there's surf to be had, so please work with us on that one!

Gift Shop

We offer an original and unique range of Achill Island gifts, a selection of which can be personalized to make the gift extra special.  Call in, have a look and talk to us about your specific requirements.  From etched drinking glasses, coasters and key-rings to clothing.

t_shirt2.jpg - 37.08 kbWe are open from 10.00am until 5.00pm Monday to Saturday and 11am until 5pm on Sundays. Sometimes we open a little later and close a little earlier if there's surf to be had, so please work with us on that one!

 

Cafe

Our Cafe is situated in the LoveAchill information centre, easily recognizable by the unique pink and blue colour scheme, and provides sit in or take away Lavazza coffee, teas and hot chocolate. We serve cookies and some snacks, however we don't serve lunches or other food. Free WIFI is available, and we have a range of souviners and gift items in our LoveAchill shop. The cafe is also the base for our surf school and surf shop. Call in for a coffee and a chat, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have about touring around Achill and the services available on The Island.

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We are open from 10.00am until 5.00pm Monday to Saturday and 11am until 5pm on Sundays. Sometimes we open a little later and close a little earlier if there's surf to be had, so please work with us on that one!

Achill Island Tourist Information Service

At LoveAchill we will try to help you discover the whole Island and surrounding area, rather than just the tourist hot-spots. This website is independently run, so we can give a full and neutral view of what's available on the beautiful island of Achill.

We have endeavored to list all activity and service providers on or near Achill Island, from accommodation to walking guides.If you would like further information, please don't hesitate to contact us. If you would like to see how the island looks right now, view our live streaming camera in Keel

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