The Valley Walk – Slí Tóin an tSean Bhaile

View from The Valley Beach / Gubnahardia Strand

The Valley Walk / Slí Tóin an tSean Bhaile is an 8k out and back walk, on coastal ground, with no hills or climbs. It takes approximately two hours to complete.

The Valley Walk starts at the Golden Strand Car Park where there is ample parking. This particular linear walk boasts exceptional views of the impressive Slievemore mountain looming over the Atlantic Ocean. Located in a Machair / Sandybanks, this walk is in a SAC/SPA area, this is an important habitat included in the Life On Machair Project, further information can be found here.

Starting at the trail head car park, walk 1.2km along the main road before turning left towards Fr O’Brien Park, home to Achill Rovers Football Club. Following the waymarked posts make your way beyond the sand dunes to the headland at Caraun Point. Here lies a Cillín (childrens burial ground). This area also takes in the site of the old village of The Valley, Tóin an tSeanbhaile, where you will see remains of some of the stone dwellings. Continue on towards Ridge point where you will have unobstructed views out over Blacksod Bay and the islands off the Mullet Peninsula. The Machair / Sandybanks are in a SAC/SPA area, with an abundance of wildlife, such as hares, choughs, and whooper swans.

Starts / Ends: Golden Strand Beach Car Park, Dugort ( Barnagappul Strand)

Start / End point grid reference: F 693 087

View / Download Valley Walk / Slí Tóin a tSeanbhaile Map (PDF document, 10MB)

It is advised to walk this trail in clockwise direction, as the trial markers are set for this direction.