Achill Midsummer Walks Festival

23rd – 25th June 2023, Achill Island

Achill Island is to host a three-day walks festival over the weekend of 23rd to 25th June, 2023.

Achill’s spectacular coastal landscape has been screened across the world as the main setting for the award-winning movie ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’, and also the independent movie ‘My Sailor, My Love’. The Achill Midsummer Walks Festival includes routes that overlook several of the filming locations from these two movies.

The festival features three looped walks, led by local guides, available on the Saturday and Sunday of the weekend. The bi-lingual guides (English agus as Gaeilge) will introduce local history and folklore from each location. There is also a free welcome night walk on the Friday evening. Tickets for each walk can be booked online at EventBrite using the links below.

Friday 23rd June – Welcome Night

Meet other walkers and enjoy a 5km stroll (2.5km each way) along the new Great Western Greenway extension into Achill to a traditional St. John’s Night celebration. SOLD OUT! Sorry but we have reached capacity for the Friday Night Walk.

Saturday 24th June

Slí Grainne Mhaol – 6.7km loop walk in Dereens, with height gain of 334m. Rated moderate to strenuous. Over 18s only. Approx. 4 hours duration. Start 10am.

Dooega Loop Walk – 14km loop walk in Dooega, on the slopes of Minaun and through the village. Rated moderate. Over 18s only. Approx. 4 hours duration. Start 10am.

Sunday 25th June

Dooagh Loop Guided Walk – gentle 5km loop walk on bog roads around the village of Dooagh, with a focus on ecology and biodiversity. Rated easy. Ideal for families. Free for under 18s. Approx. 1.5 hours duration. Start 10am.

View/download poster for this event (PDF doc)

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Two walkers on the Sli Grainne Mhaol (Grainne Uaile loop walk), Achill Island
Walkers on Slí Grainne Mhaol, looking east towards Currane
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