The Westport Woods Hotel is ideally located less than an hour from Achill Island. Achill Island is one of Ireland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. It makes a fantastic day trip from the Westport Woods Hotel.
Achill Island lies off County Mayo. It is the largest island off the coast of Ireland. Situated along the Wild Atlantic Way it typifies the raw wilderness of the Atlantic coastline. It is linked to the mainland by a bridge. A visit to Achill can be as active as you choose with a host of outdoor pursuits and water sports of all types including swimming, windsurfing, surfing, kite surfing, kayaking and canoeing. It can also be a place of retreat for anybody looking for peace and solitude. The Great Western Greenway from Westport to Achill finishes just short of the bridge to the island at Achill Sound.
Achill is steeped in heritage and history with megalithic tombs, ancient forts, historic churches and deserted villages all present on the island. You can also experience superb seafood in many of the restaurants or enjoy great traditional Irish music in one of its many pubs and bars.
Achill Island boasts some of the finest beaches in Ireland. There are five blue flag beaches in Achill. The beaches are Keem Bay, Trawmore Strand, the Silver Strand, the Golden Strand and Dooega.
Trawmore Strand is possibly the best know beach on Achill Island. It stretches for over 3km linking Keel in the west to Dookinella and the foot of the Minaun Cliffs. It is hugely popular for watersports including surfing, windsurfing and sea kayaking.
Achill Island fascinatingly has a new beach. For the first time since 1984, an extensive sandy beach has returned to Dooagh Bay which was formerly a rocky beach. The ocean has deposited thousands of tons of sand onto the beach. This amazing story has been reported on around the world by the BBC, ITV and CNN.
Places of Interest
Achill’s rich history and heritage offer visitors a wide range of attractions to explore. Annagh is a beautiful spot featuring a beach and the lowest corrie lake in Ireland. However, it is accessible only to hillwalkers or sailors. The tower at Kildavnet is another interesting place to see. It is the remains of a 16th century Irish tower house that was used by the legendary pirate queen Granuaile (Grace O’Malley). The Deserted Village at Slievemore comprises of some 80 stone cottages located at the foot of the majestic Slievemore mountain. It offers a fascinating insight into life on Achill in former centuries.