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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.


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.


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.

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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.


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.


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.



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.


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. 


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.


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

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




Short Break: Kitesurfing off Ireland’s wild and beautiful Achill Island
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