What’s On Guide for Achill

What’s On in Achill This Week

Scroll down for listings of events and activities available in Achill this week. We also have a printable guide listing all activities, shops, galleries, services, and food outlets that are open this week: Download / View Printable Version of What’s On Guide (PDF doc, 83kb)


Live Music, Events & Entertainment

Tuesday 16th April / Dé Máirt 16ú Aibreán

Set Dancing
Ted’s Bar, Cashel. (F28 AX57) 8pm

Wednesday 17th April / Dé Céadaoin 17th Aibreán

Whist Cards Game
Ted’s Bar, Cashel. (F28 AX57) 8.00pm

Thursday 18th April / Déardaoin 18ú Aibreán

Traditional Music Night
Valley House, Valley. (F28 D8F7). Beginners session 7.30pm. Trad music 9pm.

Magic Thursdays @ Pure Magic
Buy one pizza, get one free! Every Thursday at Pure Magic Lodge, Slievemore Road, Dugort (F28 HN27). Telephone 098 43859.

Friday 19th April / Dé hAoine 19ú Aibreán

Bingo & Pub Quiz
Ted’s Bar, Cashel. (F28 AX57) Bingo, eyes down 8pm. Cathal’s Pub Quiz starts 8.30pm.

Saturday 20th April / Dé Sathairn 20ú Aibreán

Sunday 21st April / Dé Domhnaigh 21ú Aibreán

Cold Water Dip @ Keem Bay
Achill’s Keem Bay is the venue for the national ‘Cold Water Dip’ charity fundraising event for Family Carers Ireland. More details & registration link.
Sunday 21st April 12.30pm


Daily / Gach Lá

Achill Sea Swimming
Dugort Beach 8am and 10am weekdays. Dooega Beach 9.30am and 6pm weekdays. Weekends and Bank Holidays: 10am Dugort Beach / 10.30am Dooega Beach. See facebook.com/swimachill.
Daily

Basking Sharks
View these incredible creatures as they graze in the waters around Keem Bay. More information on the species from Irish Basking Shark Group.
Daily

Early Bird Dinner Offer @ Achill Cliff House Hotel
Early bird two-course dinner (either starters + main, or main + dessert) for €28 at Achill Cliff House Hotel & Restaurant, Keel (F28 PX08). Booking essential, call 098 43400.
Mondays to Thursdays


Forthcoming Events:

Training: Beaches & Dunes for Climate Adaptation
Two-day training course for anyone who wants to protect their local dune systems and learn more about nature based solutions. Takes place at Keel, Achill Island. More details & registration at leavenotraceireland.org/dunes-2024
28th April & 12th May

Heinrich Böll Memorial Arts Festival
Annual arts festival with speakers, music, guided walks, writers workshops and more. View event listings. Book tickets.
Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th May

Irish Night with James Kilbane
Requested by Christy Henry, a night of Irish folk and country music with James Kilbane. Fundraiser for repairs to Inishbiggle church. Tickets available locally or from venue, Óstán Oileán Acla.
Monday 6th May, 8pm

Darkness Into Light Sunrise Walk
Sunrise walk in Keel to raise funds for Pieta and awareness of suicide prevention. Details and Registration.
Saturday 11th May

Home to Mayo Achill Walks Festival
Four walks with guides offering interpretation of Achill’s spectacular landscape and rich history and folklore. Details and booking links.
17th – 19th May

18th & 19th May – Irish Surfing Junior Tour
Achill Island Surf Club once again hosts a leg of the Irish Surfing Junior Tour at Keel Beach.

24th – 26th May – Daring Dames Festival
Europe’s only all-female circus festival. Two days of FREE shows, workshops and more. Full programme to be announced at www.circus250.org. Further details from ringmaster@circus250.org or call 0862 432107.

London to Achill Bike Run
Patrick McLoughlin undertakes an annual London to Achill motorcycle tour with the aim of raising €3,000 for Achill Lifeboat. Arriving at Patten’s Bar, Derreens, on Saturday 25th May. Donate via JustGiving.
Saturday 25th May

Amazing Gearóid’s Three Peaks Challenge
Conquer three of Achill’s major peaks – Croaghaun, Slievemore and Minaun Heights – in one day in aid the Gearóids Smile project, which provides emotional and psychosocial support for bereaved families. Register at gearoidssmile@gmail.com.
Saturday 8th June


Visitor Attractions

Achill Experience Aquarium & Visitor Centre
Achill Experience, Keel
45 minute Aquarium time slots available as well as self guided exhibitions on our local history in our Visitor Centre – Booking online is required. Online gift shop open 24/7. 098 43292.
Open Mon to Sun 10am – 5.30pm (last entry 4.45)

Achill Island Day Tours
Coach tours of Achill Island with driver commentary, visiting locations used in filming The Banshees of Inisherin. Run starts/ends in Westport. Local pick-up/drop-off at Óstán Oileán Acla, Achill Sound. Call 085 8505025 for details and booking.
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays

The Colony Tour
BAFTA award-winning journalist and writer Kevin Toolis provides a fascinating historical tour of The Colony in Dugort, looking at the life of founder Edward Nangle and its position in Irish history. 1.5 hours, outdoors. Booking open now – see thecolonytour.com.
Sundays from 21st April

Achill Island Seaweed Baths
Achill Island Seaweed Baths, River, Keel
Please book in advance. Gift vouchers also available. Tel 087 717 1713 or email achillseaweedbaths@gmail.com.
Open by appointment, get in touch to book.

Eskape Beauty Seaweed Baths
Eskape Beauty Salon & Seaweed Baths, Shraheens, Achill Sound
Booking required. Tel 086 195 3828 or book online at eskapebeauty.com.
Open by appointment, get in touch to book.

Seaweed Baths & Treatment Room @ Mulranny Park Hotel
At Mulranny Park Hotel, Mulranny. Call 098 36716 for details & booking.
Open by appointment, get in touch to book.

Sabhna Sauna on The Beach
Wood fired beach sauna experience on Keel and Dugort beaches. Open weekends. Booking required, see sabhna.ie or call 083 0101074
Saturdays / Sundays by appointment

Achill Island Alpacas
A unique trekking experience for all the family! Guiding our two beautiful alpacas at Golden Strand beach, Dugort. Booking required via facebook Book Appointment tool.
By Appointment

Banshees of Inisherin Locations Trail
Visit some or all of the six sites on Achill Island that were locations for the multi-award winning movie The Banshees of Inisherin. See Banshees of Inisherin Locations Trail for map and info.
Self-Guided

Slievemore Heritage Trail
Download the ‘Slievemore Heritage Trail’ app to your smartphone and get multimedia presentations of information, stories, images and video at set points around the Deserted Village and nearby Megalithic passage tomb and court tomb.
Self-Guided

Achill Island Pub Tours
Custom guided tours for groups. Tel Colum for details: 087 238 3692.
By appointment.

Alchemy Tours – Day Tour
Custom day tours of Achill Island with Alchemy Tours, in a limousine class Land Rover Discovery.
By appointment.

Achill Island Sea Salt Visitor Centre
Free self-guided ‘behind the scenes’ tour of how this award-winning sea salt is crafted in Bunnacurry. Gift shop plus Salt Dock Coffee Truck. Location is Achill Island Sea Salt, Bunnacurry, F28 HT29. Closed until June 2024 however off-season group tours can be arranged – email info@achillislandseasalt.ie  or call +3539847856.
Re-opens June 2024.


Boat Trips

Croaghaun Sea Cliffs Tour / Fishing Trips
Wild West Boat Tours (formerly Geraghty Charters) offers boat trips to view Croaghaun sea cliffs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting Easter weekend (weather dependent). Fishing charters in the afternoons of those days. Also trips to Inishkea Islands. Departs Dugort Pier. Tel. 086 269 5851.
Booking Required

Clare Island Day Trip
O’Grady’s Clare Island Ferries offers sailings from Cloughmore to and from Clare Island. Must be booked in advance. Call 098 23737. Wednesdays dep. Achill 9.30am, return dep. Clare Island 3pm. Sundays dep. Achill 9.15am, return dep. Clare Island 2.30pm.
Wednesdays & Sundays – Call to Book

Clare Island Day Trip
Clare Island Fast Ferries (‘O’Malley’s’) offers sailings from Cloughmore to and from Clare Island during summer season. Call 087 660 0409 to book. Two trips per day on Tuesdays & Fridays. Dep. Achill 09.15am, return leg dep. Clare Island 4pm.
Tuesdays & Fridays

Achill Seascape
Sea safaris in locations around Achill Island, aboard a 9 person RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat). 1 or 2 hour tours, or charters by arrangement. Call 087 772 3077 or visit www.achillseascape.ie.
Book by phone


Galleries & Crafts

Art Exhibition
Western Light Art Gallery, Sandybanks, Keel.
Showing paintings, sculpture, photography & prints. Current exhibition (June 2023): water colourist Honor Gallagher. Admission free. Wheelchair friendly. Enquiries – contact Sean & Margaret Cannon 098 43325
Mon – Sat 11am – 5pm; Sun 2pm – 5pm

Ronan Halpin Gallery
Gallery and sculpture garden in Newtown, Keel. Tel. 087 277 0409 or visit ronanhalpin.com.
Open daily 11am – 5pm, or by appointment.

Kieran Sweeney Crafts & Knitwear
Kieran Sweeney Crafts & Knitwear, Achill Sound
Tel. 098 45227.
Open daily Mon – Sat

Top Drawer & Pantry
Top Drawer & Pantry, Keel
Gift Shop and Creative space of the ‘Live Simply’ brand. We nurture, support and promote local design, craft and art. Private shopping appointments can be made outside opening hours. Tel. 087 961 4202.
Open Every Day


Outdoor Activities

Achill Sound Bike Hire
Achill Sound Bike Hire. Polranny.
Booking essential: Tel 086 088 0882.
Booking Required.

Achill Bikes
Achill Bikes bicycle rental, Dooagh.
Booking advised: Tel 087 243 7686
Booking Advised.

Blásta Bikes
Blásta Bike Hire at Ted’s Bar, Cashel.
Tel 083 200 5646.

Achill Outdoor Education Centre
Achill Outdoor Education Centre, Cashel
Group sessions & weekly kids activity camps. Tel 098 47253.
By appointment.

Blackfield Watersports
Blackfield Watersports offers surf lessons, surf camps and stand-up paddleboarding. Booking advised. Tel. 089 422 1553 or visit www.blackfield.com.
Booking Advised.

Pure Magic Watersports
Pure Magic Achill offers kitesurfing and stand-up paddleboarding.
Booking advised: Tel 085 243 9782.
Booking Advised.

Achill Surf Activity Centre
Achill Surf Activity Centre offers daily surf & kayak lessons & tours at 10am & 2pm. Kids Surf summer camp each week Monday to Friday 10am – 12noon. Sea kayaking tours weather permitting each week by appointment. Contact 085 155 4376 or info@achillsurf.com.
Booking Advised.

Soundwave Surf School
Offers surfing and stand-up paddleboarding in Keel. Tel. 083 019 2615 or visit soundwave.ie.
Booking Advised.

Achill Island Surf Club
Community surf club based at Keel Beach. See facebook page for news and events.

Yoga on the Beach
One Wave Yoga offers yoga on the beach at Dugort. Tel. 086 338 5784 or visit onewave.ie.
Booking Required.

Golf (9 Hole Links Course)
Achill Island Golf Club, Keel Sandybanks.
Green fees apply. Call to book. Tel 098 43456.
Booking Required.

Guided Hillwalks
Achill Isle Walks
Guided tours and hill walks by Failte Ireland qualified guide of Achill including Keem Loop Walk, Minaun, Slievemore, and Croaghaun to view the highest sea cliffs in Ireland. Surrounding areas of Mayo Nephin and Mweelrea are also covered. Guided historical walk through Achill’s famous Deserted Village. See achillislewalks.ie for more info or call Gerard on 086 843 9683.
By appointment.


Retail

Calvey’s Butchers & Farm Store
Calvey’s Butchers, Keel.
Achill Mountain Lamb. Tel. 098-43158
Mon-Sat 9am-6pm.

Ketterick’s Butchers
Ketterick’s Butchers, Achill Sound
Family butchers. Tel. 098-45218
Mon-Sat 9am-6pm.

Mac Savers
Mac Savers, Achill Sound
Supermarket. Tel. 086 172 8903
Mon-Sat 9am-6pm.

Molloy’s Pharmacy
Molloy’s Pharmacy, Achill Sound.
Lifestyle pharmacy & health store. Tel. 098 45248
Mon-Sat 9.30am-6pm.

Sweeneys Supervalu
Sweeneys Supervalu, Achill Sound
Supervalu supermarket with butcher counter, deli & coffee dock. Tel. 098 45211
Mon – Sat 7.30am – 8.30pm. Sundays 8am – 7pm


Travel & Transport

Achill Cabs Taxi & Bus Hire
Achill Cabs Taxi & Bus Hire, Achill Island
Call Colum 087 238 3692
Booking Required.

Achill Coaches
Achill Coaches, Dooagh
23 seater luxury coach. Available for private hire all year round. 085 850 5025
Booking Required.

Clare Island Ferries (O’Grady’s)
O’Grady’s Clare Island Ferries
Sailings from Cloughmore to & from Clare Island. Call 086 851 5003 or 087 900 4115
Wednesdays & Sundays

O’Malley Ferries (Clare Island)
O’Malley Ferries (Clare Island)
Ferries to Clare Island as part of the Clew Bay Bike Trail. Call 087 660 0409
Roonagh to Clare Island return 4 times daily
Clare Island to Achill (return 2 times per day) Tuesdays & Fridays

Geraghty Charters
Geraghty Charters
Boat trips to Croaghaun sea cliffs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during summer (weather dependent). Also fishing charters, and trips to Inishkea Islands. Tel. 086 269 5851.
Booking Required


Services

Achill Community Laundry
Achill Community Laundry
Full laundry services to households & businesses. Tel. 098-43041
Book in Advance.

Library
Achill Sound
Open for browsing and borrowing. Tel. 098-20910
Tue-Wed 2-4pm/5-7pm. Fri-Sat 11-1pm/2-4pm.

Babysitting Service
Tots’n’Teens offers babysitting and childminding service in your house, hotel room or holiday home.
Contact Mary B on 087 629 2878
Available on request.

Achill Tourism Visitor Information (Achill Sound)
Achill Tourism Office, next to the Post Office, Achill Sound
Visitor information. Souvenirs and Achill gifts. Tel. 098 20400.
Open Mon – Fri 9.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday 9.30 – 2pm.

Great Western Greenway Visitor Information (Mulranny)
Old Station House, behind Mulranny Park Hotel, Mulranny.
Visitor information. Visitor information, snacks, ices and drinks..
Open Daily during season, 10am – 4pm.

EV Charging Point
Located in car park of Gielty’s Bar & Restaurant (F28 F6C1). Ask in bar for charge card.

Gteic@Acaill Digital Hub
Achill Sound. Workspaces, meeting and video-conferencing facilities with high-speed broadband. Tel. 098 43292.
Open Daily.

Serenity Haven Holistic Therapies
Serenity Haven, based in Tonragee, offers a wide range of holistic therapies. Tel. 086 378 6731.
Call for appointments.

Irish Online Counselling & Psychotherapy Service
Online therapy from the convenience of your own home or location. Counselling via phone, text, IM or video for issues including grief, depression, relationship issues, anxiety and addition. See www.counsellingonline.ie or email info@counsellingonline.ie.
Open Daily.