This old cottage was completely renovated in 2015. Standing proudly along the most westerly twists of the Wild Atlantic Way, on the edge of Achill Island, it had been a family home for generations of fishermen, where the shark was in their blood.
The essence of simplicity
A snug living room occupies one half of the original ground floor of this cottage. It’s cosy and intimate, with two generous sofas and a fragrant turf burning stove framed by a modest fire mantle of weathered pine that looks like it could have been rescued from the ocean itself.
Facilities & Ameneties
• 4 ring electric Hob
• Electric Oven
• Washing machine
• Sizes – One double bed, one King-size
• Set of Single bunk beds
• Travel cot
Tech & Entertainment
• Good mobile phone coverage
• Good Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• DVD player
• Selection of travel & design books
The kitchen and dining room enjoy the best of the views, sharing one long room that has recently been annexed onto the rear.
French doors allow you to wander out into one of Europe’s most westerly back yards – an ocean panorama.
A double bedroom occupies the remainder of the ground floor. There is a second double bedroom upstairs, together with a third bedroom of adult size bunk beds.
The shared bathroom features a contemporary walk in shower of the rainfall variety.
It’s just a short stroll down the village to the powder white sand of Dugort beach.
Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – No, sorry!
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Out & About
Here are some of our favourites…
- Surf with or without a kite
- Cycle along the Greenway
- Scuba dive in a cave
- Enjoy Achill lamb at Calvey’s
- Book a boat trip
- See Sea Salt in the making
- Savour a yummy dinner at Achill Cliff
- Get on yer bike
- Gallop along the strands
- Brush up your oils
- A pint and some Trad at Lynott’s.
(A small pub not for the faint hearted. Public speaking encouraged. Ideal location for debates and non-amplified singing, where a pub is a pub and a pint is a pint!)
The cottage is in a sleepy village between 2 blue flag beaches on an elevated site that enjoys panoramic views across Blacksod Bay, and the Atlantic to outlying islands.
The nearest major town is Westport at 40K but there are supermarkets at Achill Sound 15 minutes away, and in Keel – which also has a great butchers shop – Achill Mountain Lamb is renowned worldwide.
Achill is the largest off-shore island of Ireland. It is a Gaeltacht, or Irish language speaking region. Since 1887 it has been connected to the mainland by a short bridge over the sound. About 85% of the island is peat bog. Battered by huge Atlantic storms, the landscape is a testimony to the power of the elements.
The northern side of Croaghaun Mountain has the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Stretching 1.2km in length and 600m high, they are three times higher than the more famous Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs can only be approached by foot or from the sea.
At 42 km, the Great Western Greenway, constructed on the route of the redundant Westport to Achill railway, is the longest dedicated walking and cycling trail in Ireland. It is a magnificent way to experience this part of Mayo.
Constructed in 1429 by the forefathers of Grace O’Malley, the legendary pirate queen who was born and buried on Clare Island, the 12 meter high Tower at Kildavnet is well worth a visit as you cycle around Achill.
The name Achill is possibly derived from Eagle – although none have been seen here for well over a hundred years. If you’re into raptors though, you might spot the fastest animal on earth, the peregrine falcon, instructing it’s young to fly along these cliffs in the autumn.
Basking sharks, Dolphins and Orcas are regular visitors to these waters, and large pods of porpoises are frequently sighted, often from the back yard.
Sheep have free range on the island, easily outnumbering the permanent inhabitants.
The island’s current population of just under 3,000 is about half of what it was before the Great potato famine of the mid 1800’s. A Deserted Village at the base of Slievemore Mountain has the remains of over eighty dry stone cottages that are a bleak reminder of the famine times. The houses are aligned north-south, and would have been originally thatched. An entire family together with livestock would inhabit the single, windowless, main room, utilising beds of heather and rushes.
photo Pat Lim
Don Allum was the first man to row to America and back, making landfall at Dooagh beach in September of 1987.
How to get there – Car advised…
By Air: Flights to Ireland West Airport (Knock) from the UK
Knock Airport – about 1.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – about 3 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – about 4 hours from house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Rosslare Port is about 5.5 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about 4 hours from house.