Ireland

ACHILL & MAYO COAST 8-DAY GUIDED WALK

8 Days | $1225

  • Beach
  • Iconic
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Water
  • Active
  • Culture
  • Explorer
  • Family
  • Food & Wine
  • History
  • Overland
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Cultural Immersion
Become charmed by the easy-going, Irish-speaking traditional lifestyle of the Mullet Peninsula
Visit Achill Island where author Graham Green and Nobel Laureate Heinrich Boll were charmed by this pictorial hideaway
Explore the five blue flag beaches across the Island

Achill Island and the Mayo Coast are a walker’s paradise with a changing landscape of beaches and blanket bog, jagged sea cliffs and megalithic tombs. A land that has inspired many artists and was once the home of a special pirate queen, Grace O Malley. Visitors will be charmed by the easy-going, Irish-speaking traditional lifestyle of the Mullet Peninsula.

Renowned author Graham Greene was a regular visitor to Achill Island in the 1940s but wasn’t the only writer drawn to this pictorial hideaway. Nobel Laureate Heinrich Boll spent time on the island in the 1950s and was so charmed by it he lovingly documented his time there in his travelogue, “Irish Journal”. The island boasts of no less than five blue flag beaches and one of these, the hilly horseshoe of Keem Bay is said to have been blessed by St. Patrick himself during his stay on Croagh Patrick.

You have found your “prefect” Walking Holiday in Achill and Mayo!

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The Itinerary

Day 1

Walking

We offer a
Courtesy Transfer from Castlebar Bus/Rail Station at 16.00hrs. if required, or atBelmullet Bus Station at 17.00hrs. We transfer to your first overnight on the Mullet Peninsula in the townland of Clogher which is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Blacksod Bay. Surf and sand abound everywhere. Enjoying our first evening meal together, this is the time for a general chat about the coming week’s hikes. You stay here for three nights.

Day 2

Walking

Our morning transfer takes you North East for a lovely loop walk with start/finish in the village of
Carrowteige. The views across Broadhaven Bay to Erris Head, Belmullet Peninsula and South to Achill and Slievemore are breathtaking. You follow the trail along the rugged and stunning cliff tops to Benbwee Head returning via the “Children of Lir” sculpture in the village. Overnight and evening dinner.

Walk Details – Distance: 15kms. Height gain: 75mts. Walking time: 4 to 5 hours. Boots essential. Transfer time from B+B to walk start – about 45 mins.

Day 3

Walking

Today’s walk takes you around the Northern tip of the
Belmullet Peninsula and Erris Head. Here you have the reverse views across Broadhaven Bay to Benbwee Head and Kid Island. You follow the cliff top coastline to Erris Head and down the Atlantic coast side of the peninsula. Small coves and rocky inlets dominate this area giving it that wild, rugged appearance resulting from the endless pounding of the ocean … A place to reflect and ponder. Overnight and evening dinner.

Walk Details – Distance: 14kms. Height gain: 80mts. Walking time: 5 hrs. Boots essential. Transfer time from B+B to walk start – about 20mins.

Day 4

Walking

Today, you will enjoy a
‘free morning’ in Belmullet, allowing you to partake in activities such as cycling, swimming, horseriding or just laze around with a book! Afternoon transfer to Achill which will be your base for the rest of the holiday. Evening walk along the secluded valley of Keemand its sandy beach on the Western tip of Achill. Keem Bay is an idyllic spot tucked between the Croaghaun Mountain in the North and spectacular cliffs in the West. Overnight and evening dinner inDooagh, your base for the next four nights.

Walk Details: Transfer time Mullet to Achill. 1 hr. … plus stop times!! Evening walk will NOT require hiking boots.

Day 5

Walking

After breakfast, you hike past an old quartz quarry, up to an old Signal Tower that overlooks the island, then onward towards the ‘Deserted Village’ at the foot of the majestic Slievemore Mountain. Three villages of about 80 abandoned stone cottages make up the settlement and are linked by an old pathway on which you will walk to get an insight into life on Achill in the past. After snack lunch in one of the old houses, you will return home via Keel, the largest village on the island with its 3kms. of sandy beach. Overnight and evening dinner in Dooagh.

Walk Details – Distance: 12 kms /8 kms. (pick-up in Keel possible); Height: insignificant| Walking Time: 3 hours / 4 hours Boots essential.

Day 6

Walking

Today, you will hike up an old
“Coffin Trail” to a lookout point at the Minaun Heights.

The hike will lead you past one of Achill’s children’s cemeteries where in the past un-baptised children were buried. The trail ends at a hill-top viewing point, giving a breathtaking panoramic view of Achill Island.

Continuing our walk to the other side of the cliffs, you will be collected and returned to your B&B. Overnight and evening dinner in Dooagh.

Walk Details – Distance: 6/8 kms. Height: 460 mts. Walking Time: 4/5 hours. Boots essential.

Day 7

Walking

On today’s hike you will go towards Lough Acorrymore, a lake created by glacial erosion and which today is a water supply for the entire island. North of it lies the corrie lake of Corrynatawy at an unusually low elevation. You will walk down to it and then on to the sandy beach of Annagh Strand which is spectacularly located and usually deserted. After lunch at the beach, you will start your way back to your B&B. Overnight and evening dinner in Dooagh.

Walk Details – Distance: 12 kms. Height: 230 mts. Walking Time: 4.5 hours Boots essential.

Day 8

Walking

After breakfast you bid farewell to this most beautiful and breathtaking part of Ireland. We offer a courtesy transfer to Castlebar Bus/Rail Station for your onward transfer to International Airports, and/or other areas of the country. There is a good bus and train service to all major towns and cities in Ireland from Castlebar.

Additional Information

Recommended Gear

  • Hiking Boots

Included In The Price

  • 7 nights bed in room with private shower/ bathroom. Full Irish breakfast each morning.
  • Picnic lunch (on hike days only)
  • 7 Evening Dinners
  • 6 days walking with expert Irish Guide who accompanies the group for the duration of the holiday
  • Transport to/from each days walking locations and luggage transfers when required.

Not Included

  • Any boat trips
  • Personal drinks
  • Entrance fees to theaters, parks or museums etc.
  • Medical expenses
  • Gratuities.

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ACHILL & MAYO COAST 8-DAY GUIDED WALK

Duration
8 Days
Trip Type
  • Beach
  • Iconic
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Water
  • Active
  • Culture
  • Explorer
  • Family
  • Food & Wine
  • History
  • Overland
  • Physical Rating: 3/5
  • Culture Shock: 1/5
Starting Price
$1225
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