Achill maybe one of Ireland’s last sanctuaries from day to day life in modern Ireland… and there are plenty of places to put the head down for the night!
Achill Island, located West of Mayo and accessed by the new Michael Davitt Bridge, is an excellent location for a break away. There’s loads of choice when it comes to accommodation and something to suit all, from camping and hostels to self-catering houses and B&B’s… I’m lucky enough to have expericenced all of the above.
If its a place to set up your tent or park your camper van for a few nights your best bet is Keel Sandybanks located right beside Keel Beach and a stones throw from the local shop and bars. This is a great location with good on site facilities such as showers and toilets… all you really need for a few nights camping!
The Valley House Hostel is a hidden gem and while it may not be four star accommodation it has one of the most eccentric pubs I’ve come across with live music and (I say this with my hand on my heart) the best Guinness in the country; famous for the three part pour! There’s always a good atmosphere at this hostel…but it can get cold in Winter months, for those who love their comfort give it a miss but be sure to drop by for a pint of the black stuff!
Achill Lodge is a top class B&B located in Bunnacurry. This is a family run B&B with a real freindly atmosphere… the owner even taxies you to and from the local pub! This place is a bit pricey but is the height of luxury!
If you want to go on your own and rent a house there are plenty to choose from…I’d recommend Achill Cottages at Achill Sound. I stayed here last October for the Bank Holiday Wknd and had a great time with a few mates. The houses are well kitted out and there’s nothing better than sparking up the open fire after a surf in the cold evenings! The houses are a ten minute walk to the Achill Sound village and most importantly to one of the many local pubs.
Achill Island is a great location for a weekend get away or a longer break and with the choice of beaches on both sides of the Island to surf there’s nothing stopping you!