Achill - a fisherman's paradise

Achill - the fishers island
The rugged coastline.....

A rugged coastline with some of the highest cliffs in Ireland, Achill Island is a formidable place.  Offshore you will find many pinnacle reefs and rock shelves providing both shelter and feeding to many North Atlantic marine species.  The Dysaghy Rocks are well known, dangerous to the unwary but drawing in fish from the surrounding sea.  Far out to sea are The Bills, a massive rock formation that is also a fish haven, as well as a nesting site for oceanic seabirds.  The broad vista of this tremendous coastal scenery must be seen from afloat, preferably while tackling one of the many fish species that abound.

Years ago Achill gained a reputation as the place to fish porbeagle shark, indeed Dr O'Donel Browne caught what was the World Record just out from Keem Bay.  Basking sharks were regularly harpooned to be rendered down for liver oil.  There are many shore fishing marks, Horse Shoe Bay, on the Blacksod Bay side of the island noted for its wrasse fishing, Keem Bay for dabs and chicken turbot and the long strand in front of Keel Village for surf angling.

Many people still make the mistake of thinking that Achill is an unconnected island.  Not so, there has been a bridge at 'The Sound' for many years giving perfect access to this fascinating part of western Ireland.

The M.V. Lady ClareThe M.V. Lady Clare
Fish on board The Lady Clare, a new Lochin 33 with a 300hp Caterpillar Engine. Fitted with all the latest electronic and safety equipment. Licensed and insured for 12 anglers, it is based at Cloghmore, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland.

John Johnston, owner and skipper of the Lady Clare has many years of experience and knows the many excellent marks off the coast. Rod hire is available too!

The Lady Clare can offer Tuna Charters by request.

The M.V. 'Cuan na Cuime'
The M.V. 'Cuan na Cuime'This 32ft, fully equipped angling charter boat is based on Purteen Harbour, a small haven between Keel and Dooagh. She is fully licensed and insured for 10 anglers and is skippered by Tony Burke.

Tony also offers Sea Angling, Diving Charters, Family Fishing Trips, Pleasure and sightseeing trips, Shark Safaris, Seal & Dolphin Watching.


Achill Cliff House, Keel, Achill IslandAchill Cliff House, Keel, Achill Island
Achill Cliff House is a new 3-Star family-run hotel and restaurant located in Keel, at the heart of Achill Island, Co, Mayo, offering quality accommodation and fine dining in one of the most spectacular settings in the west of Ireland.

Accommodation at the Cliff House Hotel features a Resident's Lounge, sauna, and modern facilites in all bedrooms. These include tea and coffee making facilities, TV, en-suite bathrooms, hairdryers, trouser press and direct dial telephones. We also offer private car parking in the heart of Keel, within walking distance of seasonal nightly entertainment.  Achill Cliff House offers the opportunity to completely relax in an in-house sauna.

Its popular restaurant provides stunning views across Keel strand and the cliffs of Minaun. It boasts a full a-la-carte menu with fresh local seafood a speciality. From lobsters to oysters to wild salmon, the seafood dishes come direct from the Atlantic waters of Achill. Set menus for lunch, dinner and Sunday dinner offer a wide range of dishes at exceptional value for money. The restaurant holds a 'Highly Acclaimed' Dining Award from the RAC and is recommended in the Georgina Campbell Guide to Ireland

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West Coast House, Dooagh, Achill IslandWest Coast House, Dooagh, Achill Island
West Coast house is situated on an elevated site overlooking the quaint village of Dooagh.  All rooms complete with ensuite, coffee/tea making facilities and hairdryer. Four of the bedrooms have panoramic views of the beautiful countryside.

This modern house offers orthopaedic beds, electric blankets, a payphone and quality menu. West Coast House is within a short drive of the harbour at Purteen.

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Seaside House, Dooega, Achill IslandSeaside House, Dooega, Achill Island
Bord Failte registered and run by the same family, the Lavelles, for three generations. Comfortable and welcoming accommodation with en-suite rooms that have sea views and tea/coffee making facilities.

The kitchen provides home cooked food as a speciality. Fresh seafood is regularly on the menu along with home baked bread and boxty.

Seaside House, with its own village pub alongside, is a focal point for this small community. It is just a short drive from this accommodation to the harbour.

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