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“Fantastic scenery in any weather”

Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Westport
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Even though the distances on a map may look short you should allow a minimum of 4 hrs to complete this trip and if the weather is good you could easily spend a full day enjoying all the sights and taking in a swim at some of the best beaches in Ireland.
After crossing the bridge onto the island you drive through the village of Achill Sound .immediately after the village there is a signpost on the left for the Atlantic Drive .It is best to do the drive in an anti clockwise direction around the island to appreciate the views .I would recommend having a tourist map of the drive as some of the signposting can be confusing as the villages may only be named in Irish.
Keel village is a nice midway stop for refreshments and to take in a long walk or swim at this glorious beach,make sure then to continue on the vertigo inducing coastal road to the small remote Keem strand beach which is well worth the short drive and its not just the views that you will have to stop for but also the mountain sheep chilling out and blocking road .
Return through Keel village and onto the "deserted Village " another must see and then continue towards the coast to complete the Atlantic Drive.

1  Thank Zena1
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Incredible cycle. Beautiful views and stunning cliffs. Some of the hills were tough but doable to anyone with moderate fitness.

Thank Ciaran F
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We drove from Westport to the very tip of Achill Island, easily takes a whole day, gorgeous towns along the way and many beaches but the very last beach is the very best, the road winds around huge cliffs with shamrock sheep everywhere, beware of them appearing from nowhere, stunning scenery the whole way.

Thank southwind2
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

we visited westport house and achill island, on achill ,we visited beaches.a secret garden,craft shop,and one of the most scenic drives you could enjoy.a day trip ,we will remember.well worth,going on .

Thank WILLIAM H
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Breathtaking views aliong Atlantic drive (first left once on the island). Beehive is a great coffee shop with excellent home made desserts. Approach to Beach at end tip of achill is onevnever to forget.

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