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This Island Is Where You're Having Your Next Staycation — Here's Why

By seank

December 22, 2017 at 1:43pm

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These little island paradises are blissfully disconnected from the rest of the world, free from its woes. And while you may think you have to venture all the way to the Caribbean to find the ideal haven, you really only have to look off the coast of Mayo to our very own Achill Island.

The largest island off the coast of Ireland, Achill boasts a majestic coast and countless beautiful spots including the Atlantic Drive route that hugs the coastline, Annagh with the lowest corrie lake in Ireland and the secluded Keem Bay.

People have been drawn to the island for millennia, with the first trace of human existence stretching all the way back to 3000BC whose remains can in fact still be seen. Among the most significant of these historical remnants are the 16th century Tower at Kildavnet and the spooky Deserted Village, comprised of 80 stone cottages located at the foot of the Slievemore Mountain.

There's a real charm to the place that’s apparent as soon as you lay eyes on it...

Its 40km of coastal scenery is seriously dramatic

Achill Dramatic
Seriously, can you blame me?

The island boasts five Blue Flag beaches

Achill Beaches

Here EVERY route is the scenic route

Achill Walk

It feels like a little bit of the past is preserved

Achill Castle

The sunsets are phenomenal

Achill Sunset

And you may never want to leave

Achill House

Are you just the slightest bit tempted to spend some time on Achill Island?

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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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