Keel Beach

Also known as Trawmore Strand, Keel is one of Achill Island’s most popular beaches.
Located on the western side of the island, it stretches for 3.5 km, perfect for a stroll and clearing your head. The strand arcs gracefully between Keel Village and Dookinella at the foot of the Minaun cliffs.
Keel Beach is the perfect combination of all the island’s best features, with clean waters, golden sand and spectacular views of Achill’s cliffs and mountains.
This Blue Flag beach is part of the Atlantic Drive route.

Activities at Keel Beach

Keel is an Irish paradise for lovers of watersports. The strand is suitable and safe for snorkelling, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding and much more.
It’s also a perfect beach for families to enjoy together, with designated safe swimming areas and lifeguards on duty in the summer months. However, it’s important to stay within the marked areas as there are strong currents at the eastern end of the strand.
The beach is bordered by a popular campsite and a modern children’s playground called Páirc na Mara (Park of the Sea).

What to Look Out For at Keel Beach

When you visit Keel Beach during your Achill Island Day Tour, make sure to look out to sea to spot the Bill’s Rocks. These three large isolated rocks lie approximately 9 miles offshore. They’re named after the Danish navy captain, Mathias de Bille, who prevented his ship from smashing into the rocks during a hurricane in 1782.
According to legend, the rocks are part of the remains of the lost city of Atlantis. In reality, they’re home to a wide variety of wildlife, including a puffin colony.
Our tour will stop for lunch at the Beehive Restaurant in the village of Keel , close to Keel Beach. When we do, you’ll have the opportunity to see and experience this beautiful strand for yourself.
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