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Here’s Everything You Need To Know If You're Going To Smithwick's 10° West

By seank

December 22, 2017 at 2:24pm




Excited for Smithwick’s 10° West? Yeah you are!

We wanted to make sure you're all set for the Achill Island festival this December 31 and January 1, so we've put together this handy little list of pretty much everything we thought you might possibly want to know about the event.

We're nice like that.

Just keep in mind that all trails and routes included below are weather dependant and may change on the day.

Oh and every activity over the two-day festival will end with a complimentary pint of Smithwick's!


New Year's Eve

9am: Check-in at The Annexe Inn

11.15am–12.30pm: Yoga (shuttle bus from The Amethyst carpark)

11.15am–1.30pm: Greenway Cycle (shuttle bus from The Amethyst)

11.30am–1.00pm: Hiking (depart from The Amethyst)

1pm–3.30pm: Greenway Cycle (shuttle bus from The Amethyst)

2pm–3.30pm: Hiking (depart from The Amethyst)

2.15pm–3.30pm: Yoga (shuttle bus from The Amethyst)

2.30pm: Music entertainment to commence with Graham Sweeney at The Annexe Inn

3.30pm: Robert Delaney

4pm: The Silken Same

5pm: Lilla Vargen

6pm: Let’s Set Sail

7pm: Access to The Smithwick’s tent — Singalong Social

8.30pm: Stomptown Brass

9.45pm: Daithi

11pm: Talos

11.45pm: LUMO

1.30AM: Smithwick’s tent to close

New Year's Day

10am: Check-in for daytime activities

10.30am–12pm: Yoga (shuttle bus from The Amethyst)

11am–1pm: Greenway Cycle (shuttle bus from The Amethyst)

11.30am–1pm: Hiking (depart from The Amethyst)

1pm–3pm: Greenway Cycle (shuttle bus from The Amethyst)

Key locations

Smithwick's 10° West Tent, Keel, Achill

Music entertainment.

The Annexe Inn, Keel, Achill

Check-in for Smithwick's 10° West/music entertainment.

The Amethyst, Keel, Achill

Meeting point for daytime activities on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day/bus transfers to and from activity locations.

McLoughlins, Achill Sound

Finishing point to enjoy a pint of Smithwick’s following daytime activities.

Lourdies, Dooagh

Finishing point to enjoy a pint of Smithwick’s following daytime activities.

Gieltys, Dooagh

Finishing point to enjoy a pint of Smithwick’s following daytime activities.

Musical acts

  • Talos
  • Daithi
  • Stomptown Brass
  • LUMO DJs
  • Sing Along Social
  • Lilla Vargen
  • Let’s Set Sail
  • The Silken Same
  • Robert Delaney
  • Graham Sweeney



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Food options

  • The Strand Hotel
  • The Amethyst
  • Ostean Oilean Acla
  • Achill Sound Hotel
  • Gielty's Clew Bay
  • The Achill Head Hotel
  • The Valley House
  • Chalet's
  • SuperValu (open 9am–6pm on New Year’s Eve and 10am–4pm on New Year’s Day)


The only ATM on the island can be found Sweeney's SuperValu at Achill Sound.

What should you bring?

  • Wear comfortable, waterproof footwear and warm clothing for all outdoor activities.
  • Bikes and helmets to be provided for greenway cycling.
  • Yoga mats and water to be provided for yoga.
Achill Peaceful Hiker

How can I get around the island?

There are three taxi services you can use for transportation:

  • Colm Ginnelly Wild Atlantic Way Travel — 087 238 3692
  • Michael Joe Scanlon Minibus & Coach Hire — 087 366 1422
  • Paul McLoughlin Taxi & Minibus — 087 239 0408

Is there a doctor on call?

In the case of a medical emergency, call Dr O’Leary at 087 248 0824.



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