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A lazy stone’s throw from the Atlantic

Achill Beach Cottage, County Mayo

As the name suggests, this classic if rare small stone cottage lies right on the edge of a barefoot beach of bleached powder sand on the Wild Atlantic Way.
There are 79 miles of coastline and five Blue Flag beaches here on Achill Island, and much to see that can only be visited by foot or boat in this most westerly outpost of Europe.

aerial view of cottage

Simple Fare for Sandy Feet

Your traditional Irish, vernacular cottage, complete with stable-door entrance, which would once have housed entire family plus animals in its only room, Achill Beach Cottage has been sensitively refurbished into a cosy holiday home.

dining area

A turf burning stove provides welcome warmth and a beguiling aroma after a blustery walk.

turf stove boat ticket the sitting room
Rates & Dates

As is custom, most daily activities share the communal living space that spans the entire original dwelling, with the kitchen, painted dresser, and dining area to one end, and generous and elegant overstuffed seating at the other.

kitchen dresser
armchair

The brilliant white interior of rough stone walls contrasts with a flagged floor of black slabs, and is dotted with an assorted collection of coastal paraphernalia.

pair of decorative oars the kitchen area
sofa dining table mermaid statue garden lighting
Facilities & Amenities

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric cooker with 4 rings & grill
• Fridge
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Toaster

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes - One double bed, two single beds
• Travel cot
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Good mobile phone coverage
• Good Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• DVD player

Other

• Travel & design books
• Electric central heating
the sitting room
bottles on shelf sailors hat

Obscured from the front, a modest extension to the rear, accommodates a double and a twin bedroom, together with an exotically plum-floored shower room.

double bedroom shower room link to FAQ page
twin bedroom the hallway

Sliding French doors open from this annex onto a sheltered south facing, gravelled al fresco area, with a charming circular granite table bracketed by two matching benches.

outside table
dugort beach

Outside

To the front, a low wall and picket gate separate the garden from the common land that stretches across a narrow road and straight on to Pollawaddy strand.
Usually you will have the entire beach to yourself.

The iconic Slievemore Mountain dominates to the west, and everywhere the ubiquitous bleating sheep.

Restrictions

Smoking - No, sorry!
Parties - The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – No, sorry!

entrance
Sunset

Out and About

The mountain bogs and ocean inform activities in this most westerly part of Europe.
There are five Blue Flag beaches on Achill Island, and much to see that can only be visited by foot or boat.

the beach
Here's a mixture of our favourites…

Events

Achill International Harp Festival last week in October
Achill Marathons in July & August

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About the Locality

The cottage is in sheltered Dugort Bay facing North.
The nearest major town is Westport at 40K but there are supermarkets at Achill Sound 15 minutes away, and in Keel – which also has a great butchers shop – Achill Mountain Lamb is renowned worldwide.

Wild Atlantic Way

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Achill is the largest off-shore island of Ireland. It is a Gaeltacht, or Irish language speaking region. Since 1887 it has been connected to the mainland by a short bridge over the sound. About 85% of the island is peat bog. Battered by huge Atlantic storms, the landscape is a testimony to the power of the elements.

Achill Head

The northern side of Croaghaun Mountain has the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Stretching 1.2km in length and 600m high, they are three times higher than the more famous Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs can only be approached by foot or from the sea.

Basking sharks, dolphins and orcas are regular visitors to these waters, and large pods of porpoises are frequently sighted, often from the back yard.

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The name Achill is possibly derived from Eagle – although none have been seen here for well over a hundred years. If you’re into raptors though, you might spot the fastest animal on earth, the peregrine falcon, instructing it’s young to fly along these cliffs in the autumn.

At 42 km, the Great Western Greenway, constructed on the route of the redundant Westport to Achill railway, is the longest dedicated walking and cycling trail in Ireland. It is a magnificent way to experience this part of Mayo.

greenway path
Sheep have free range on the island, easily outnumbering the permanent inhabitants.

The island's current population of just under 3,000 is about half of what it was before the Great potato famine of the mid 1800’s. A Deserted Village at the base of Slievemore Mountain has the remains of over eighty dry stone cottages that are a bleak reminder of the famine times. The houses are aligned north-south, and would have been originally thatched. An entire family together with livestock would inhabit the single, windowless, main room, utilising beds of heather and rushes.

Kildavnet Castle

photo Janip29

Constructed in 1429 by the forefathers of Grace O'Malley, the legendary pirate queen who was born and buried on Clare Island, the 12 meter high Tower at Kildavnet is well worth a visit as you cycle around Achill.

How to get there - Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Ireland West Airport (Knock) from the UK
Knock Airport - about 1.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport - about 3 hours from house.
Dublin Airport - about 4 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Rosslare Port is about 5.5 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about 4 hours from house.


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