If you dream of experiencing a remote, charming old-world Ireland that is wild and rugged, then you should elope to Achill Island. It is the largest of the Irish Isles and is located off the west coast of Ireland. It can be reached by road over a bridge from the mainland in Co. Mayo. Achill Island is known for its stunning natural beauty, rugged landscapes, outdoor adventure and many sheep!
- Beaches: It has some beautiful sandy beaches, which are popular for swimming, surfing and fishing. Keem Beach has even been named as one of Lonely Planet’s best beaches in Europe.
- Mountains: The island is home to the Slievemore and Croaghaun mountain ranges, offering excellent hiking and hillwalking opportunities. Croaghaun features one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe!
- The Deserted Village: This historical site consists of the ruins of approximately 100 stone cottages that were abandoned during the 19th century due to the Great Famine. It provides insight into the island’s history and the challenges its inhabitants faced.
- Achill Head: Located at the western tip of the island, Achill Head offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding landscapes.
- Achill Island’s Cultural Scene: The island has a vibrant cultural community with artists, writers, and musicians. Visitors can explore local art galleries and cultural events throughout the year.
- Biking and Horseback Riding: The island’s terrain is suitable for cycling and horseback riding, which are fun and unique ways to explore its magical landscapes.
- Traditional Irish Pubs: There are lots of traditional Irish pubs on the island where you can enjoy local music, food, and a friendly Irish atmosphere.
Achill Island is a perfect destination for anyone who likes outdoor adventures and getting a taste of Irish culture. It’s a great place to explore if you’re interested in Ireland’s west coast and its stunning landscapes.
This wonderful couple travelled from the United States to elope on Achill Island with the local sheep as their only attendees. They chose to have a ceremony on sea cliffs as they felt cliffs and the sea really spoke to their love story. After the ceremony, they explored the beautiful Keem beach, they were brave enough to run and splash in the cold sea water! They had the whole place to themselves and the weather was beautiful! They envisioned a magical day and that’s exactly what they got!
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