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From Castlebar take the N59 to Newport. Turn right at intersection for N59 to Mulrany. Follow N59 through Mulrany town and as you pass the Mulrany Park Hotel, continue straight and branch left onto the Achill road R319.
Continue towards Achill/Achill sound and over the Michel Devitt Bridge, which connects Achill island to the mainland (landmark is Sweeny’s supermarket) and continue straight for signs to Keel village). Keep driving on the main road until you reach Keel village. At the bottom of the village, you will see the “Minaun View Pub/ petrol station ( with irish colors on petrol pumps), turn right after the pub, follow the road for 2km and after the first bridge (there is only one), turn right, drive up for 1.5km and we are on the left handside!!!
If you arrive in Keem Beach, that means you missed the turn right,
If you arrive in the deserted village, that means you missed the bridge turn
If you are in middle of sheep on a hill then that means you are completely lost … good luck! Ask any local friend
Ireland West Airport Knock is just a 90min drive from Achill (we can arrange a pickup from the airport) offering convenient and often low cost access to the UK and European destinations. Knock offers scheduled flights to Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and Liverpool, London Stansted, London Luton, Manchester and Nottingham East Midlands airports. This means that Achill is less than 3 hours away from the U.K
Both Dublin and Shannon airports are about a four hour drive to Achill. Willkommen! Bienvenue! Bienvenida! Benvenuto! From March 2012, Ireland West Airport (Knock) will run scheduled flights from Barcelona (Spain), Frankfurt (Germany), Milan (Italy) and Paris (France) and we are excited to welcome new visitors from these European countries!
As well as daily flights to Dublin, the airport also offers budget trans-Atlantic flights to New York (JFK) and Boston (Logan). The carriers operating these routes often offer low cost fares, making Achill an ideal low-cost getaway in the west of Ireland.
A bus service operates from Shannon Airport to Achill (not direct), the following are the routes to note:
Bus Number 51 – Shannon to Galway
Bus Number 52 – Galway to Castlebar
Bus Number 440 – Castlebar to Achill
Local transportation can be arranged, though early booking highly recommended and can be unreliable due to long travel times incurred.