Achill Island (24 km. x 19 km.) is the largest island in the country and was first inhabited over 5,000 years ago. It is now accessible from the mainland by a new bridge completed in 2008. Its magnificent blue flag sandy beaches, sea cliffs, open mountain tops and raised peat bogs together with the warm hospitality of the “locals” bring visitors back again and again for holidays. Visit and walk the beautiful villages of Dooagh and Keel, the high cliffs at Achill Head, the magnificent beaches at Keel and Keem, Slievemore and Minaun, the highest mountains on the island. The island has a wealth of archaeological remains with a very strong historical and cultural heritage which goes with West Coast Island life. Achill has a thriving local craft-making tradition with Irish music playing a big part in the islands entertainment. Irish is still being spoken in many of the villages and townlands. You have to discover for yourself what makes Achill unique and a place apart … join us for this hiking holiday!
We offer a Courtesy Transfer from Castlebar Bus/Rail Station at 16:00. if required, or at Belmullet Bus Station at 17:00. We transfer to your first overnight on the Mullet Peninsula in the townland of Clogher which is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Blacksod Bay. Surf and sand abound everywhere. Enjoying our first evening meal together, this is the time for a general chat about the coming week’s hikes. You stay here for three nights.
Our morning transfer takes you North East for a lovely loop walk with start/finish in the village of Carrowteige. The views across Broadhaven Bay to Erris Head, Belmullet Peninsula and South to Achill and Slievemore are breathtaking. You follow the trail along the rugged and stunning cliff tops to Benbwee Head returning via the “Children of Lir” sculpture in the village. Overnight and evening dinner.
Walk Details - Distance: 15 km. Height gain: 75 m. Walking time: 4 to 5 hours. Boots essential. Transfer time from B+B to walk start – about 45 mins.
Today’s walk takes you around the Northern tip of the Belmullet Peninsula and Erris Head. Here you have the reverse views across Broadhaven Bay to Benbwee Head and Kid Island. You follow the cliff top coastline to Erris Head and down the Atlantic coast side of the peninsula. Small coves and rocky inlets dominate this area giving it that wild, rugged appearance resulting from the endless pounding of the ocean … A place to reflect and ponder. Overnight and evening dinner.
Walk Details - Distance: 14 km. Height gain: 80 m. Walking time: 5 hrs. Boots essential. Transfer time from B+B to walk start – about 20 mins.
Today, you will enjoy a ‘free morning’ in Belmullet, allowing you to partake in activities such as cycling, swimming, horseriding or just laze around with a book! Afternoon transfer to Achill which will be your base for the rest of the holiday. Evening walk along the secluded valley of Keem and its sandy beach on the Western tip of Achill. Keem Bay is an idyllic spot tucked between the Croaghaun Mountain in the North and spectacular cliffs in the West. Overnight and evening dinner in Dooagh, your base for the next four nights.
Walk Details: Transfer time Mullet to Achill. 1 hr. … plus stop times!! Evening walk will NOT require hiking boots.
After breakfast, you hike past an old quartz quarry, up to an old Signal Tower that overlooks the island, then onward towards the ‘Deserted Village’ at the foot of the majestic Slievemore Mountain. Three villages of about 80 abandoned stone cottages make up the settlement and are linked by an old pathway on which you will walk to get an insight into life on Achill in the past. After snack lunch in one of the old houses, you will return home via Keel, the largest village on the island with its 3 km. of sandy beach. Overnight and evening dinner in Dooagh.
Walk Details - Distance: 12 km /8 km. (pick-up in Keel possible); Height: insignificant| Walking Time: 3 hours / 4 hours Boots essential.
Today, you will hike up an old “Coffin Trail” to a lookout point at the Minaun Heights. The hike will lead you past one of Achill’s children’s cemeteries where in the past un-baptised children were buried. The trail ends at a hill-top viewing point, giving a breathtaking panoramic view of Achill Island. Continuing our walk to the other side of the cliffs, you will be collected and returned to your B&B. Overnight and evening dinner in Dooagh.
Walk Details - Distance: 6/8 km. Height: 460 m. Walking Time: 4/5 hours. Boots essential.
On today’s hike you will go towards Lough Acorrymore, a lake created by glacial erosion and which today is a water supply for the entire island. North of it lies the corrie lake of Corrynatawy at an unusually low elevation. You will walk down to it and then on to the sandy beach of Annagh Strand which is spectacularly located and usually deserted. After lunch at the beach, you will start your way back to your B&B. Overnight and evening dinner in Dooagh.
Walk Details - Distance: 12 km. Height: 230 m. Walking Time: 4.5 hours Boots essential.
After breakfast you bid farewell to this most beautiful and breathtaking part of Ireland. We offer a courtesy transfer to Castlebar Bus/Rail Station for your onward transfer to International Airports, and/or other areas of the country. There is a good bus and train service to all major towns and cities in Ireland from Castlebar.
Single Room Supplement: 8-day €255.
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