Close to Home
Achill Ocean’s Edge is at the most westerly tip of the village of Cloughmore – “ the last house on the village”. It is set in the townland of Carrowgarve, which stretches into the Atlantic Drive, on the celebrated Wild Atlantic Way. This location offers an exhilarating opportunity for walking – from a gentle stroll along the Atlantic Drive and back, to a more strenuous climb up the hills overlooking the ocean, or even a walk to the pub, the long way round. The pebble beach below the house is great for beachcombing, and the receding tide reveals a wealth of rock pools teeming with life. Photographers writers and artists will draw inspiration from the stunning surroundings, landscapes and seascapes of the area. The garden of the house juxtaposes cultivated plants and lawn with the wild majesty of the sea. Enjoy alfresco drinks before dinner in a unique setting. (The garden also boasts the most scenic washing line in the world).
Around the Island
Here are just some of the opportunities and activities available on Achill Island:
- trips to the seaside. Spend time at one of the Island’s five blue flag beaches: Keem Bay at the north western tip of the island: Trawmore Strand in Keel and Dookinella: The Golden Strand and the Silver Strand in Dugort; and at Dooega which is the closest to home. See http://achilltourism.com/beaches/ for more information.
- fishing – There are fishing marks close to the house and boat fishing is available by arrangement from the small pier in Kildownet. There are many locations for fishing around the coast of the island – see http://www.fishinginireland.info/sea/northwest/achill.htm for further information
- sea Angling boat trips – there are opportunities to fish the bountiful waters of Clew Bay – see http://www.discoverireland.ie/Activities-Adventure/achill-sea-angling-mr-tony-burke/31677 or http://www.anu.ie/ladyclare/
- Adventure Courses – Achill Outdoor Education Centre -.- http://www.achilloutdoor.com/ offers Programmes incorporating Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing, Windsurfing, Surfing, Hillwalking, Rockclimbing, Orienteering, Mountain Boarding, Archery andTeam Building.
- kitesurfing http://puremagic.ie/achill/kitesurfing/
- snorkelling – guided snorkel safari from Keem beach
- botanical drawing workshops at Achill’s Secret Garden http://www.achillsecretgarden.com/
- Cycling – The much acclaimed Greenway cycle route runs from Wespoort to Achill along the route of the old railway line through spectacular landscape and cycles are available to hire close by http://www.achillbikes.com/
- Learn to paint in spectacular surroundings http://www.achillpainting.com/
- Take a Seaweed Bath http://www.achillseaweedbaths.com/
- Island hopping. Achill beg (meaning little Achill) is a deserted island with a lovely beach only a stone’s throw from the cottage and you may wish to arrange a visit by boat. There is a ferry to the larger, inhabited, Clare Island from Cloughmore http://www.clareislandferry.com/achill-island/ or to Inishbiggle to the north east of the island between Achill and the mainland. http://achilltourism.com/item/inishbiggle-boat-trips/