Achill Island is simply breath-takingly spectacular & showcases the very best of the landscape that Ireland is best known for - wild coastline, rugged beaches, mountain & incredible cliff views onto the Atlantic ocean (next stop 3400 miles away is the US!) around cosy green fields & dark bogland, stone walls & lots of sheep! My stay at Teach Cruachan B&B in Dooagh topped off what was a far too short a trip. Roisin & Michael were great hosts - friendly, helpful, full of local knowledge but discrete & left you up to your own devices if that's what you wanted. My room was nice & toasty-warm, with a lovely sea view onto Dooagh beach. It was spotlessly clean with a powerful shower & excellent WiFi. Breakfasts were delicious with 5 choices of cooked breakfast for the sweet-toothed (pancakes or french toast) or the traditional Irish fry-up or eggs any-which-way for the savoury-palated. You have your own key so you can come & go as you please. The breakfast room doubles as a sun room in the afternoon where you can while away the hours reading the newspapers or read up on the small library of books about Achill's history & folklore. Dooagh is the nearest village near Keem beach (used in all Ireland's tourist board advertising) which is a must-see when you're in Achill. I spotted some seals there & you look onto the smaller islands of Clare Island & a few rocky outcrops from the beach. Teach Cruachan is also near the start of the Dooagh loop walk which brings you over some hills & into the 'deserted village' & graveyard, onto Slievemore sea cliffs (a bit of a steep climb) & then to an old megalithic tomb. It's quite a long walk. In terms of landscape Dooagh & Teach Cruachan are on the wilder coastline part of Achill facing directly onto the Atlantic ocean so you have majestic ocean views close by. Because it was winter & pretty windy/rainy at night, I mostly drove into Keel to eat but there's Gielty's pub about 10 mins walk from the B&B for food, music & pints. I only stayed 2 full days but I'll absolutely definitely be back in the summer. If you're planning to visit Achill, I'd really recommend Teach Cruachan as the perfect base to explore the Island & enjoy all the activities on offer there. Pls note that there is only 1 ATM on the Island in Achill Sound & although most places accept credit cards, some don't...so you should have some spare cash with you for other outlays.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Teach Cruachan Bed & Breakfast overlooks Dooagh Bay, where pods of dolphins and basking sharks often visit. You are welcome to make yourselves entirely at home in our home on beautiful Achill Island.Free wifi Internet, free tea/coffee/herbal infusions, cocoa, etc, 24/7. Comfortable ensuite rooms with TV, clock radio, private bathroom. Local produce used in our varied breakfast menu, including fresh fish when available.Guided tours and passenger transport in our own 16-seat minibus, and bicycle and accessory hire available.Céad Míle Failte isteach. ... more less
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