This unique island event will take place on Keel Sandybanks on Saturday, August 24th 2014, as the centrepiece of a weekend of fun and activities for all the family. Don’t worry about visiting an island … the new Michael Davitt Bridge crosses over the Sound of Achill and you can drive straight to the Show.
“Probably” the most scenic show in Ireland, the showground is located on a huge sand bank between Keel Beach and Keel Lake, nestling below the majestic Minaun Cliffs. The popular Keel Show was held here until 2004, and this revival sees the traditional sheep show massively expanded to include loads of new events and categories. The Achill Island Agricultural Show will showcase the rich tapestry of life on a modern Irish island while promoting traditional farming and rural values. Achill Island is famous for its vast swathes of commonage, where livestock grazes freely on the tastiest herbs and grasses, sharing the hills and the highest sea cliffs in Europe with visitors who marvel at the stunning scenes of mountains, bogs, lakes and the Atlantic Ocean laid out below as far as the eye can see.
Come to the Achill Island Agricultural Show and view the finest sheep, cattle, Connemara ponies, poultry, donkeys and dogs. The best ofhome industries, flower arrangements and local photography will be exhibited in the Marquee. Visit the Craft Village, where artists and local artisan crafts producers will be creating art as you watch and display their work.
Other attractions to keep you busy include trade stands, sheepdog trials, face painting, tug-o-war, fun fair, vintage display, competitive sports, car boot sale and live entertainment. At the Activity Hub at Keel Lake you’ll see thrilling performances of kite surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and lots more water and land-based adventure activities.
While you’re at it, why not make a weekend of it? There are plenty of different types of accommodation on Achill Island, and you’ll enjoy famous traditional Achill hospitality in the restaurants and pubs. See our Achill accommodation section for more information. By the way, you can leave your wellington boots at home…you won’t need them on the firm, dry Sandybanks of Keel, where you’re guaranteed not to ‘bog’!
Achill Tourism provides a comprehensive directory of all types of accommodation providers in Achill on this Web site, along with detailed information on travel to Achill Island.