see & do
The Silver Strand
We love to start the day with an early morning stroll across Dugort beach to the old pier, this is where my Grandad launched his curragh to check his lobster pots! Or why not fill the picnic basket with goodies, lay the blanket on the sand and enjoy a day on this beautiful beach. On many an occasion you will have the whole beach to yourself!
Wild Atlantic Way
The Atlantic Drive (Wild Atlantic Way as it is now known) is simply not to be missed. A drive around the southern edge of the island where the Atlantic Ocean crashes against the rocks, creating its own natural drama and breathtaking views.
On a clear day the superb panoramic view from the top of Minaun is another must do. Luckily a tarmac road leads you to the very peak so no climbing gear needed on this occasion. From the summit you can enjoy breathtaking views of the whole island and the sunsets here are spectacular.
Achill boasts some of the finest beaches including five with blue flag status. Our favourite is Keem Bay on the western tip of the island; surely the jewel in the crown. A perfect horseshoe bay and often voted the best beach in Ireland! In Dugort we are lucky to have not one but two blue flag beaches one at each end of the village. The beautiful Silver Strand protected by the majestic Slievemore mountain to the west and the unmissable Golden Strand to the east.
The Cottage Cafe
Our favourite place to eat on the whole island and it's a two minute walk away! From seafood chowder, crab's claws, lasagne and properly filled sandwiches to an extensive choice of delicious cakes this is an amazing little restaurant that comes highly recommended!
Reputedly the smallest pub in Ireland. Charming and with so much atmosphere ... no radio, no TV, no phone and no food but a whole lot of craic. Don't be surprised to witness an impromptu Irish music session around the turf fire...the perfect accompaniment to your Guinness and Tayto's. The biggest challenge is finding it!
For more information take a look at the Discover Achill website www.discoverachill.com