Achill, land of moor and mountain, Queen of islands, bold and free, Silvered o’er with lake and fountain, Rushing on to kiss the sea.
Achill Island is located off the west coast of Ireland, in County Mayo. It is the largest island off the Irish coast and spans about 15 miles from east to west and 11 miles from north to south.
It is connected to the mainland by a bridge named after Michael Davitt, 19th Century Irish social campaigner, Fenian, and founder of the National Land League, who officially opened it in 1887. Achill is renowned for its magnificent landscape – mountains, lakes, bog land, pristine beaches and towering cliffs are just some of the sights that await you on Achill Island. There is a breathtaking view around every corner and visitors to Achill soon find themselves entranced by the pure air, stunning scenery and the friendliness and hospitality of its people.
Achill has always attracted artists and writers who were drawn to the island by its unique beauty and old world character. These included painters Paul Henry, Charles Lamb, Derick Hill, Robert Henri and the German Nobel Prize-winning author, Heinrich Boll.
Holiday activities are many and varied, and include hill-walking, swimming, cycling, water sports, diving, fishing and golf. For lots more information on things to do and see on Achill Island visit www.AchillTourism.com