Achill Island Day Tour

Embark on an immersive day tour crafted by Achill Island Tours and guided by Michael Heston.
This captivating journey commences in Galway City, bringing you through Co. Mayo to the breathtaking island of Achill.
With rugged coastlines, golden sands and towering cliffs, Achill Island is anything but ordinary.
And as you explore these spectacular landscapes, Michael will help you delve deep into the fascinating history, cultural traditions and lifestyle of this unique island.
He’ll also share behind-the-scenes insights as he leads you to filming locations of the Oscar-nominated “Banshees of Inisherin”.
Achill Island Day Tours
€50 Per Person


Galway Coach Station - 8 am



Galway Coach Station - 6.30 pm


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The Route

Your Achill Island Day Tour will begin at 8 am in Galway Coach Station.
Our journey will continue to Westport, where we’ll stop briefly for a rest and refreshments at Tina’s Bistro.
After our break, we’ll travel through picturesque Newport and Mulranny before reaching Achill Island. Once on the island, we’ll explore the area’s breathtaking landscapes and stop for lunch at The Beehive Restaurant.
After touring Achill, we’ll return to Westport, where you’ll have time to explore and shop.
Your adventure will end at 6.30 pm back at Galway Coach Station.
Explore the timeline below to find out more about the highlights of our tour.

Newport and Mulranny

After our quick break in Westport (where we’ll enjoy some leisure time on our way home), we’ll drive through the pretty harbour town of Newport. This picturesque town was well-known for linen manufacturing during the 18th Century. Shortly afterwards, we’ll pass through the charming seaside village of Mulranny.


Michael Davitt Bridge

Arrive on Achill via the Michael Davitt swing bridge. This is the third version of the bridge which was originally opened in 1887. It’s named after the famous Mayo man Michael Davitt, founder of the Land League.


Famous Atlantic Drive

This breathtaking route (not to be confused with the Wild Atlantic Way) showcases the stunning coastline of Achill Island. Prepare to be impressed.


Grace O’Malley Castle

Visit the stronghold of an Irish pirate queen. This 15th Century tower house was built by the O’Malley clan - a local chieftain family known for seafaring and piracy.


Lunch in Keel

Pretty Keel Village will be waiting to welcome you at lunchtime. We’ll stop off at the Beehive Restaurant and Café, which serves delicious local produce. It’s also home to a browse-worthy craft shop.


Keel Beach

Just beside the village, you’ll spot the 3.5 km-long Keel Beach. It’s a popular destination for families, watersports enthusiasts and anyone who loves the ocean.


Keem Beach

Keem Beach is widely considered to be one of the world’s finest beaches. We’ll approach it over a winding clifftop road, before spending some time in the picture-perfect bay.


Deserted Famine Village

Step back in time as you explore the crumbling remains of a once-thriving community. The population declined rapidly during the Great Famine of 1845-1852.


Leisure Time in Westport

Enjoy a walk around one of Ireland’s prettiest towns. This heritage town is set on the shores of Clew Bay, in the shadow of Ireland’s Holy Mountain - Croagh Patrick.

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