Visitor Attractions in Achill, Co Mayo, Ireland
Achill's stunning landscape and rich history offer visitors a wide range of scenic attractions, beauty spots and places of interest. Perfect for exploring on a weekend or short break, Achill always seems to have more places still to see on your next visit.
With no fewer than five Blue Flag beaches Achill offers some of the best quality beaches in Ireland. These include the strand at Keem Bay, a beautiful, secluded valley located at the western tip of Achill Island. Even more remote is Annagh, a beauty spot featuring a beach and the lowest corrie lake in Ireland, and which is accessible only to hillwalkers or sailors.
The Atlantic Drive comprises over 40km of breathtaking coastal scenery that is ideal for touring in a car, and even better by bicycle! On route for the Atlantic Drive is the Tower at Kildavnet, the remains of a 16th century Irish tower house that was used by the legendary pirate queen Granuaile (Grace O'Malley).
The Deserted Village at Slievemore is a haunting reminder of times past. Comprising some 80 stone cottages located at the foot of the majestic Slievemore mountain, the Deserted Village offers a fascinating insight into life on Achill in former centuries. Two books have been published offering detailed information about the Deserted Village at Slievemore, and an archaeological summer school is run annually at the location.