achill-island-tourism-childrens-activities-01With its Atlantic location, five Blue Flag beaches and breathtaking mountain landscape, Achill provides an unrivalled arena for outdoor activities and watersports of all types. Achill’s romantic setting has also proved to be an inspirational creative retreat for artists and writers including Paul Henry, Heinrich Boll and Graham Greene.

Watersports available on Achill Island include surfing, windsurfing, canoeing & kayaking. Equipment hire and tuition in many of these watersports activities is available from a number of local schools and providers.

achill-island-tourism-childrens-activities-03As much of the higher land on Achill is held in commonage, Achill offers free, open access for hillwalking.

The Atlantic waters around Achill Island and the Curraun Peninsula are home to a wide range of sealife and varieties of fish, making the area one of the best sea angling destinations in Ireland. Whether sea angling from a charter boat or casting from from the shore, fishing on Achill is a popular and – often – highly rewarding outdoor activity.

Achill Island offers a nine-hole golf course in a spectacular location at Keel that is open to visitors at a reasonable rate.

The artistic heritage of Achill is continued in a number of painting and traditional arts schools, including the highly respected Scoil Acla summer school. The heritage of Achill is also explored by the Achill Archaeological Summer School, which has undertaken extensive work at the Deserted Village at Slievemore as well as numerous other sites in Achill. During the summer, this School regularly holds informative talks and slide shows at the Folklife Centre in Dooagh.

Short on time to view all the Achill has to offer? Need help transporting equipment or getting dropped-off and picked-up from your activity? Achill has a number of providers of guided tours and taxis or mini bus services at your disposal.