Achill island, a 45 minute drive from Westport has five great Blue Flag beaches, adding to Achill's attraction as a day trip from Westport
Achill island occupies an area of about 57 square miles. Its geography includes glacial and coastal features and the climatic effects of the Gulf Stream create a distinctive combination of flora and fauna
Achill island has seen the arrival of Christianity, the power of Granuaile, plantations from Ulster, great rows between Protestants and Catholics and the disappearance of the ancient booleying way of life
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.
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.
The 42km Great Western Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland, follows the path of the old Westport to Achill railway line which closed in1937