Every known species of fish existing in Irish waters has been caught in Clew Bay! Boats can be chartered with ease for angling and crusing in one of the best locations in Europe.

For the coarse fishing enthusiasts, there are a miriad of lakes within driving distance of Westport.
Mayo boasts some of the best salmon and brown trout in Europe with the River Moy fishery within an hours drive. Both advanced and less experienced fisherman are accomodated with ghillies, boats and fly fishing instruction readily available.

Blue Flag Beaches
Achill Island boasts some of the finest beaches in Ireland, including no fewer than five Blue Flag beaches. The Blue Flag scheme is an international standard for beaches and marinas and is assessed on an annual basis. The criteria for qualification include water quality, environmental education, environmental management, and safety and services.

In Ireland the Blue Flag scheme is administered by An Taisce, the national body for heritage and the environment. Full details of the Blue Flag beaches standard can also be found at

Keem Bay
Keem Bay is a perfect horseshoe bay containing a popular Blue Flag beach at the head of a valley between the cliffs of Benmore to the west and Croaghaun mountain on the east. At the southern end of the valley, the beach is sheltered to the west by Moyteoge Head, while at the northwestern end of the valley the cliffs of Benmore connect with the spectacular mile long promontory of Achill Head. This spar is the most westerly point on Achill and tails off with two sea stacks called Gaoí Saggart and Carrickakin.
Keem is accessible for cars via a clifftop road that was constructed in the 1960s along the route of an older track. This road also crosses a local geological boundary, exposing a seam of amethyst quartz in the cliffside. Amethyst is a semiprecious stone with a magnificent purple to voilet coloration, said in folklore to have a number of properties including as a love charm, as protection against thieves and drunkeness, and as an aide to sleep. For treasure seekers hunting for amethyst on Achill, the best time to search is immediately after heavy rainfall. Good luck!
Keem Bay was traditionally used by fishermen on Achill Island and is undoubtedly the location of the artist Paul Henry's famous painting 'Launching the Currach' (1910, on display in the National Gallery of Ireland).
Until fairly recently the waters of Keem Bay were home to the basking shark as well as grey seals and numerous varieties of fish.
In the 1940s and 50s the basking shark was hunted by local fishermen at Keem Bay using traditional canvas covered curraghs and directed by spotters situated on the cliffside on Moyteoge Head. The oil of the basking shark was extracted for export as a fine grade lubricant for the aerospace industry. The largest specimen of the porbeagle shark caught by rod-and-line in Irish waters was caught off Keem Bay by Dr. O'Donnell-Browne in 1932. It weighed 365lbs.
Scenic Drives
Atlantic D rive, Achill, Co Mayo, Ireland
Achill Island and the Currane Peninsula, on the west coast of Co Mayo, are among the most remote and scenic areas in Ireland. Some of the local roads that follow the coastline of Achill, and which boast some of the most spectacular views of the area, have been designated 'The Atlantic Drive'. These pages describe the routes of Achill's Atlantic Drive.
Loop 1: Currane
This 20km loop contains few hills and is therefore perfect for cyclists. Begin your journey at Achill Sound and take the R319 across the Michael Davitt Bridge. To the left of the road you will see the Railway Hostel which was once the end-of-line station for the Achill rail line. This line connected Achill to Westport from 1895 to the 1930s. As you continue your journey through the villages of Polranny, Tonragee, Owenduff an on to Mulranny, the dismantled railway line is located to your left. Also visible on the left are tidal waters fed from Blacksod Bay and Achill Sound, and which culminate in Bellacragher Bay, a large tidal inlet that is home to a fish farm.

Taking the road through the village, you will drive for some miles following the shoreline of Achill Sound. To your right is Curraun Hill while across the waters of the Sound (to your left) you should be able to see Kildavnet Tower, a 16th century Irish tower house that was formerly used by Granuaile, the legendary pirate que en. This road ends at a junction with the R319, at which you should take a left turn towards Achill Sound, your starting point on this loop of Achill's Atlantic Drive.

Westport's is the ideal base for a golfing holiday. The Golf Club boasts a 260 acre, 18 hole championship course which has hosted the Irish Amateur Close Championship on 3 Separate occasions. To play on a challenging and well designed course, under the shadow of Croagh Patrick is any golfers dream.
There are other 18 hole golf courses within an hours drive. These include Enniscorone, Castlebar, Ballinrobe, Conamara and Carne (Bellmullet). There are also ten 9 hole golf courses within easy reach, Clew Bay by the sea being one of the most spectacluar.
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Co. Mayo,
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mayo views

View of Croagh Patrick

Westport Town

Keem Beach, Achill Island

Clare Island, Co. Mayo