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Achill, with its magnificent landscape and ever-changing light, its remote location and unique local culture, provides a fantastic setting for tuition in both the creative arts and outdoor activities.
Achill’s artistic and cultural heritage is celebrated by Scoil Acla, a summer school that teaches traditional Irish music and culture to pupils of all ages and abilities. Scoil Acla also holds a highly-respected Writers Workshop along with painting classes, concerts, exhibitions and poetry readings. A large part of Achill lies within the Gaeltacht, a designated area where the Irish language is nurtured and encouraged. One of Achill’s several adventure schools offers an innovative approach by combining Irish language tuition with its adventure and outdoor activities. Another offers French and German language courses combined with adventure activities, so there’s something for everyone here!
Achill’s rugged landscape, five Blue Flag beaches and shallow inland lakes make it a perfect location for a wide range of outdoor activities. There are a number of adventure schools and outdoor activities providers offering tuition in surfing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, kitesurfing, horseriding, mountain skills, orienteering and more. These providers cater for small and large groups, all age ranges, and abilities from absolute beginners to experts.
Achill’s wide selection of summer schools and courses also extends to a range of computer courses at the IT centre in Crumpaun, Keel. These are perfectly suited for children, offering tuition for each morning or afternoon and allowing them to enjoy Achill’s other activities and attractions for the rest of the day.
The Achill Archaeological Field School offers a number of courses for people of all abilities and knowledge levels, from short ‘taster’ and introductory courses through to an undergraduate level summer school that provides accreditation for the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway). The summer field school is based in the Deserted Village at the foot of Slievemore mountain and at the Achill Folklife Centre in Dooagh.