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Budget:

Eat

Stop into Blackfield (above), a cafe combined with a surf school and clothing shop selling threads they design themselves. Coffee and cake costs around £5.  blackfield.com

Drink

At one of the island’s liveliest bars, Annexe Inn (left), there’s a pool table and often a session of traditional Irish music. If you lean against the bar, you won’t be left for long on your own as someone will always come up and talk to you. Pints cost approx £3. facebook.com/theannexeinn

Sleep

The self-catering Minaun Cliff Cottages (left) look out over the two-mile Keel Beach across to the mountains. Just moments from the sea, they’re a cosy haven from the winds. There are turf fires, wood floors, and windows big enough to admire the stunning views. From £325 a week, sleeps four. minauncliffcottages.com

Mid range

Eat 

As well as a kitesurfing school and hostel, Pure Magic (above) is the finest pizzeria on the island. Staff are mostly French and the pizzas are named after the mountains, cliffs and villages on the island.  Around £12 for a meal.  puremagic.ie/achill

Drink

Sports fans will appreciate Gielty’s Clew Bay, which proudly boasts the largest TV screen on the island and is the only pub in the area with Sky Sports. Pints from approx £3. gieltys.com

Sleep

Pure Magic has the atmosphere of a European hostel planted on to an Irish island. Bright, simple rooms are themed on different countries including Morocco, Kenya, and Brazil. Breakfast is included. From £28 per night.  puremagic.ie/achill

Luxury

Eat 

The restaurant at Bervie Guesthouse (above) serves local seafood and lamb among other hearty dishes on the daily changing menu. Cream teas are also available. Evening meals from £36; cream tea £5.70. bervie-guesthouse-achill.com

Drink

The Valley House Holiday Hostel and Bar is a lively pub with a turf fire to warm up beside, pool competitions, darts and regular live music sessions. Pints approx £3. valley-house.com 

Sleep

Bervie Guesthouse is a stylish beachside bed and breakfast in a restored coastguard station. Turf fires burn in the lounge, and when the weather’s fine there‘s a lovely garden and even a tiny art gallery. Rooms from £40 per night. bervie-guesthouse-achill.com

GETTING THERE

Fly from London Gatwick to Knock from £59 return with Aer Lingus.  aerlingus.com

Achill is a 75-minute drive from the airport in Knock.

 

 


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