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Achill Island - Island Living


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Life on Achill Island is not without its difficulties. Yes, some of us find ourselves an hours drive from the nearest towns of Castlebar or Westport, and yes, local shops and such likes are often not on our doorsteps, but island life and Achill Island in particular has much to offer.

A pace of life that allows you appreciate what we have on our doorstep with the many natural attractions Achills coastline has to offer, as the jewel in the crown of The Wild Atlantic Way. Locals will often joke if you’re on time you’re early and if you’re late you’re grand.

If outdoor activities are your thing, then look no further, Achill Island has it all, from the traditional water sports one would expect of an island haven to cycling, hiking and much more. If you’re worried about the weather on Achill, don’t be! There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes.

On the cultural side, Achill Island is well catered for with Scoil Acla offering a range of activities all year around and our famous pipe bands throughout the parish of Achill giving you the chance to try something new. 

Saint Patricks Day in Achill is an occasion to remember as locals celebrate a tradition dating from the 1880’s with the same gusto and pride as the early musical adventurers.

From a business perspective, things can sometimes be tough, as there is an ever shortening tourism season for those involved in that sector. There is a push now to develop remote working solutions for Achill Island and that is to be welcomed. More workers, will create more business for the local economy, more kids for the schools, and ultimately, more Achill Islanders to keep our local community flourishing.

I have been fortunate to work in a self-employed capacity on Achill since 2000, fortunate that my Donegal wife agreed to move here and most fortunate to be able to raise my family here. Island life and Achill Island is not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you choose to embrace it, you will be rewarded in more ways than you can imagine.

Contact Joe today to discuss property in Achill and find out how we can help you. Achill Island Property is your property partner in Achill!


Some useful local links:


Atlantic Life & Finance - Life & Pensions Brokerage
Achill Tourism - Tourism Organisation
Achill GAA - Sporting Club
Scoil Acla - Cultural Organisation - Information Website
Mayo County Council - Local Authority