Achill Island – The Most Mindful Place in Ireland

Achill Island – The Most Mindful Place in Ireland – A statement I honestly believe to be true. A few weeks back we decided to head over to County Mayo for a couple of nights and we had the most amazing time. High on our to do list was Achill Island.

I’d never been before and had heard many stories of its beauty. So, we decided to get up early on our second day in Mayo and head even further West to this stunning Island. Connected to the mainland by a little bridge, Achill Island was only a short drive from Westport and it took us approximately 45-60 minutes to get there by car.


Along the way, we stopped many times as the views were just incredible. The weather wasn’t the best but the drama of the moody sky and the drizzling rain, just added to the charm of what we had in store.

In a nutshell, Achill Island blew me away! 


I had read online before we went to follow the road into Achill, the whole way to Keem Bay, and while tricky and tight in parts, this was worth every moment of eeeek and aaaahs en route! Keem Bay was STUNNING. Following the winding road down to the Bay, I just couldn’t stop saying ‘Oh My God!‘. I just couldn’t get over the colour of the water, it matched the surrounding cliffs in that it was so green and so clear.


We enjoyed a stroll here and with the weather not being amazing, we essentially had the beach to ourselves. A moment that has led me to describe Achill Island as the most mindful place in Ireland.

If you live a busy life and you need to place yourself somewhere you can truly switch off, Achill Island and Keem Bay are where you need to visit. I’ve never felt more peaceful and detached from the world and the online world, which is somewhere I spend so many hours living in my every day life. The break, the moment and the views encouraged incredible mindfulness for me and I can’t wait to go back and breath in again. Keem Bay is truly magical. It is incredible.




So whether you’re Irish and looking for a weekend away, or perhaps you’re visiting Ireland on an Irish vacation, I cannot recommend a road trip to Keem Bay, Achill Island enough. Its a step back in time and oh what a step it is!

Read more on Westport in my blog post review HERE.

Always wandering,




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