Achill Island (half day)

A half-day guided tour of some of Achill’s most iconic and historic sites.


Dates: Every Monday April to October
Cost: €40 per person
Level: easy

Minimum of three people. Tour includes local transport. Led by expert guide from Achill Archaeological Field School. 

Itinerary includes:

  • The valley of Keem is one of the most spectacular places on Achill, and a designated Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. Learn about the fascinating and poignant history of the valley from its penal era altar to the village that thrived here before the Famine. See the house of the notorious Captain Boycott, nestled at the back of the valley and hear about the famous basking shark industry that sustained Achill fishermen well into the 20th century.
  • The iconic Deserted Village of Slievemore. The village of Slievemore is one of the finest examples of a deserted village in Ireland. The village has its origins in the mid-eighteenth century. After the Famine it was largely abandoned as a permanent residence and became a booley settlement used for summer grazing of cattle.
  • The tiny graveyard at Slievemore is one of Achill’s early medieval ecclesiastic sites and is associated with Saint Colman. The site has a number of early crosses and a holy well that is still a place of devotion for Achill’s faithful.

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