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21 Photos That Prove That Achill Is Ireland’s Most Beautiful Island

By niallharbison

December 14, 2017 at 1:21pm



There are places in Ireland that you absolutely have to visit, but despite hearing about them all the time so few of us have bothered making the short trips.

Tourists have often been to more of the iconic spots than we Irish have ourselves. I'm talking about the Aran Islands, The Giant's Causeway and Donegal. The places that take a while to get to but where you're rewarded with incredible scenery and things to do upon arrival.

One prime example of this is Achill Island. We've all heard of it, many have been but for the vast majority it's another place that still needs to be ticked off the list.

Over the coming weeks we're going to be telling you all about the Smithwick’s 10° West, an alternative way to ring in 2018 this December 31 and January 1 on Achill Island... but more on that later.

To get you hyped for the festival, we thought we'd share some positively breathtaking photos of Achill Island with you. Won't be long before you're planning that trip after you take a look at these...

Where else could you get a view like this when kite surfing?


When the sun shines here it really is something else...



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It might lash with rain most of the time but when the sun shines.... #Achill #newhome #Ireland #mayo

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The little coast guard stations look like this...



When you climb the peaks the views are second to none...



The beaches look like this...



The view from the sea cliffs will take your breath away...


The animals certainly aren't scared of heights...



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The Atlantic looks unreal...



It's the perfect place for a nice peaceful cycle...



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It'll be a sin not to go out on a bike on the day like this!!! ????

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Or to just get away from all the madness of the city...



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In my happy place.

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Maybe do a bit of surfing...



The traffic getting into the place can be a nightmare though...



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Bike ride along the Greenway! ???? ???? ☔️ ????????

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You'll see some of the nicest sunsets ever on Achill...



You'll have plenty of space to gather your thoughts...



People have been coming here for centuries...



Sure where else would you get this?



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The next stop West is New York...


Around every corner is scenery that will leave you speechless...



It's the perfect place to come for a romantic break



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Chasing Sunsets!!! Love the layers of colours, there is something about it!! #chasingsunsets????????????#perfectday#achillisland#

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You'll never be far away from the gorgeous water...



The local buildings look like this...



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No window too small.. #smallhouses #irishhouses #elephantroadstudio #ruralliving #windowtreatments #simplybeautiful

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Anything is possible when you come to Achill...



Tempted to visit? Then why not use Smithwick’s 10° West as the excuse you need to make the trip to Achill Island before the sun sets on 2017.

Unfortunately, tickets sold out pretty fast. However... we got out hands on the final pair of tickets. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram accounts on December 20th to be in with a chance of winning the final pair!


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Smithwick’s 10° West is an alternative celebration for those looking to escape the conventional New Year’s night out in the city in favour of a more laid back experience on the stunning Achill Island.

The celebration embraces the true Achill Island way of life, where few things matter more than creating memories with great friends in one of the most picturesque and remote settings in Ireland. Over the course of the two days, there will be a range of daytime activities as well as a boutique music festival that will make this an event to remember.

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