Achill Island: A Captivating Journey to Hidden Paradise
We were fortunate enough to embark on a mesmerizing trip to Achill Island. With a rented car and unbelievably affordable expenses per person, we set off early in the morning and arrived at Achill Island in just three hours.
What makes Achill Island intriguing is that you wouldn’t even realize you’re on an island as it’s connected to the mainland by a short bridge, giving the illusion of crossing a mere river.
isiting in early April, when Ireland’s weather can be capricious, luck was on our side. While Dublin was drenched in rain all day, Achill Island boasted a cloudless sky. The scenery came alive with cherry trees and other flowers awakening from their winter slumber, painting the landscape in vibrant colors.
As we journeyed through the island, we were greeted by barren mountains gradually transforming into lush green landscapes. The sight of countless sheep dotting the way added to the charm. The mountainous terrain, adorned with yellow and purple patches of heather and gorse bushes, created a surreal and enchanting atmosphere.
Our first stop was Keel Beach, a place I initially mistook for the tropical-like Keem Bay I had seen on Google Maps. However, Keel Beach possessed its own unique appeal, with its long and flat shoreline that lacked the surrounding cliffs. Upon inquiring with a local, we discovered that Keem Bay was just beyond the hill, boasting an extraordinary and exotic ambiance.
Keel Beach proved to be a surfer’s paradise, with a nearby club bustling with enthusiasts catching waves. For those interested, I recommend visiting the Achill Island Tourism website for more information.
Finally, we reached the pinnacle of Achill Island’s allure—Keem Bay. Standing atop the hill before descending to the beach, we were greeted with a breathtaking panoramic view. It felt as though we had been transported to an exotic country, reminiscent of Europe’s famous Shipwreck Beach in Zakynthos, Greece. However, Keem Bay had its own unique colors, with lush greens contrasting the crystal-clear blue waters of Shipwreck Beach.
The sand, unusually bright and golden, stood out against the turquoise hue of the sea, creating a sight rarely witnessed in Ireland. This secluded paradise, devoid of hotels and resorts, exuded tranquility and untamed beauty. Surrounded by protective cliffs and hills, Keem Bay enjoyed a microclimate that shielded it from harsh winds, creating a warmer atmosphere. In fact, during our April visit, we were able to bask on the sandy shores wearing nothing but t-shirts—a testament to the beach’s exceptional charm. Without a doubt, Keem Bay became my favorite beach in all of Ireland.