At the foot of the south-facing slope of Slievemore mountain is a deserted village, inhabited from 5,000 years ago to 100 years ago, in three different periods.
Kildavnet Castle, on Achill Island, was Granuaile’s fortress guarding the entrance to Achill Sound, linking Clew Bay to the south and Blacksod Bay to the north.
On a rocky headland at the harbour on Clare Island is the square tower which served as Granuaile’s (Grace O’Malley’s) castle. It is said that the Pirate Queen’s head is buried near this castle.
With its majestic mountains, breathtaking landscapes, unspoilt beaches and long history, Achill has something to offer every visitor.
Inishbiggle (Inis Bigil, “island of the fasting”, in Irish) is an unspoilt and unique island, where life runs at a relaxed pace. Ferries run from the mainland and Achill Island, and the loop walks are popular with visitors.
Information on ferry services to Clare Island and Inishturk from Roonagh Pier
Inishturk Island, a short trip from Westport, offers hillwalking, fishing, walking, swimming, scuba diving and sites of historical interest.
Clare Island, a short trip from Westport, has walking tours, bus tours, bike hire, swimming at the Blue Flag beach, birdwatching, diving, and horse trekking.
Clew Bay has 365 islands, one for each day of the year. Visit the islands by ferry, enjoy the beautiful beaches, walks, historical sites and hospitality
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