Achill Island Hillwalking Guides

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Walk A: Keem Bay

A circular walk taking in the cliffs of Keem Bay, one of the most spectacular valleys in Ireland. Features of interest include the Watch House at Moyteoge Head, Bunowna booley village and the ruins of Captain Charles Boycott’s estate.
Distance: 7km
Aggregate Height Gain: 374m
Estimated Time: 2hrs 20mins
Grade: Strenuous initially, Moderate overall.
Walk A: Keem Bay /
Siúlóid A

Walk B: Dooagh

This circular walk begins and ends in the village of Dooagh and features of interest include Lough Accorrymore, the booley village of Tamhnach Mor, Lough Nakeeroge (Annagh) and a Signal Tower.

Distance: 12.5km
Aggregate Height Gain: 379m
Estimated Time: 3hrs 40mins
Grade: Moderate
Walk B: Dooagh

Walk C: Dooagh / Keel

A circular walk starting at Dooagh strand and following the shoreline to Keel. It continues inland to the Deserted Village at Slievemore and returns along a bog road to Dooagh. Points of interest include Gubalennaun Beg, Purteen Pier and the Deserted Village. This walk includes uneven coastal terrain and one section is tidal.
Distance: 12.5km
Aggregate Height Gain: Insignificant
Estimated Time: 3hrs 5mins
Grade: Moderate
Walk C: – Dooagh – Keel / Siúlóid C: Dumhach Achadh / An Caol

Walk D: Keel-Trawmore Loop

This easy circular walk begins at the caravan park in Keel and passes by Keel Lough and Achill Golf Club before going through the village of Dookinelly and emerging at the eastern end of Trawmore strand. After crossing the river via stepping stones or a metal bridge, it follows the beach back to the start point. Points of interest include the memorial to Fr. Manus Sweeney.
Distance: 8km
Aggregate Height Gain: Insignificant
Estimated Time: 1hr 50mins
Grade: Easy
Walk D: Keel-Trawmore Loop

Walk E: The Slievemore Loop

This moderate grade walk begins and ends at Pure Magic, at the base of Slievemore mountain. It climbs to a height of about 60m, from which point the view is spectacular. Points of interest include a megalithic tomb, ancient graveyard and the Deserted Village.
Distance: 4.5km
Aggregate Height Gain: 60m
Estimated Time: 1hr 10mins
Grade: Moderate
Walk E: Slievemore Loop / Siúlóid E: Bun Slaibh Mór

Walk F: The Doogort Loop

This circular walk is graded easy and can be completed in about 2 hours. Beginning at the Slievemore Hotel in Dugort, it passes the historic Mission Colony and Heinrich Boll’s cottage before turning across open land through a col or hollow between two hills. It returns to the eastern end of Dugort village before following the beach and road back to the starting point.
Distance: 9km
Aggregate Height Gain: Insignificant
Estimated Time: 2hrs 5mins
Grade: Easy
Walk F: The Doogort Loop / Siúlóid F – Dumhach Goirt

Walk G: The Valley – Dooniver Loop

This lowland circular walk is graded easy and can be completed in about 2 hours 40 minutes. Beginning at the carpark at Valley church, it passes through Dooniver to the pier at Bullsmouth. It follows the shoreline for approximately 1km (please check tide timetable) before weaving between four lakes and returning past the historic Valley House.
Distance: 12km
Aggregate Height Gain: Insignificant
Estimated Time: 2hrs 40mins
Grade: Easy
Walk G: The Valley – Dooniver Loop

Walk I: The Saula Loop

This lowland walk starts at Glendarrary, close to Achill Sound. It covers a distance of about 10km and is graded easy, with an aggregate height gain of 87m. The walk takes in coastal features around Achill Sound and should be completed in about two and a half hours.
Distance: 10km
Aggregate Height Gain: 87m
Estimated Time: 2hrs 30mins
Grade: Easy
Walk I: The Saula Loop

Walk J: The Achill Sound-Knockmore Loop

Starting from Achill Sound, this 14km walk covers several low peaks and offers stunning views of the south-western shoreline of Achill. It is graded ‘moderate’ and includes an aggregate height gain of 383. Allow four hours to complete this walk.
Distance: 14km
Aggregate Height Gain: 383m
Estimated Time: 4 hrs
Grade: Moderate
Walk J: The Achill Sound-Knockmore Loop

Walk K: The Dooega-Minaun Loop

A strenuous walk that offers panoramic views of Achill Island and Clew Bay from the summit of Minaun Hill. You should allow over five hours to complete this 18.5km hillwalk.
Distance: 18.5km
Aggregate Height Gain: 569m
Estimated Time: 5 hrs 20 mins
Grade: Strenuous
Walk K: The Dooega-Minaun Loop

Walk L: The Atlantic Loop

Explore the south-eastern corner of Achill Island, steeped in history and offering breath-taking cliff scenery. Points of interest on this easy lowland walk include Kildavnet church and cemetery, Granuaile’s castle, and Darby’s Point and pier.
Distance: 12.5km
Aggregate Height Gain: Insignificant
Estimated Time: 3 hrs
Grade: Easy
Walk L: The Atlantic Loop

Walk M: The Corraun-Lough Ard Loop

The Corraun Peninsula, part of the Parish of Achill, is one of the area’s less well-known but equally spectacular hillwalking destinations. This easy walk includes a height gain of 243m, enough to allow a fantastic view of Achill Sound to the west and Clew Bay to the south.
Distance: 10km
Aggregate Height Gain: 243m
Estimated Time: 2 hrs 50 mins
Grade: Easy
Walk M: The Corraun-Lough Ard Loop

Walk N: The Corraun-Bolinglanna Ard Loop

This easy-graded lowland walk can be completed in 1 hour 40 mins. It includes excellent views of Clare Island, Achill Beg island and Achill Island itself as well as passing by disused lazy bed fields, derelict cottages and the historic pier Caladh Mhanais.
Distance: 7km
Aggregate Height Gain: Insignificent
Estimated Time: 1 hrs 40 mins
Grade: Easy
Walk N: The Corraun-Bolinglanna Ard Loop

The above guides are taken from the publication ‘Siúlóidí Acla – A Guide To Walking in Achill’. This booklet, first published in 2000, is now out of print. We would like to acknowledge the work of the Achill Tourism Committee 2000 in compiling and producing the walking guides, in particular Treasa Ní Ghearraigh for the text and Uinsúonn Mac Graith for the maps.