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Keem Bay is a sheltered rural beach surrounded by cliffs on Achill, Ireland’s largest
island. Located at the head of a valley between the cliffs of Benmore and Croaghaun
Mountain, to reach this idyllic spot just follow the Atlantic Drive to Keel and continue
westward via a cliff-top road with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.
The beach, which is lifeguarded during the bathing season, is very popular with
swimmers and is the site of a Blueway snorkel trail. If you’re feeling inspired there are
several activity providers in the area that offer equipment hire and tuition.
In the past, this area was a key location for the Achill Basking Shark Fishery, which
operated in the 1950s and 60s. During that period, spotters were stationed at
Moyteoge Head, which borders the beach, to identify the sharks and direct hunting
boats to them. The sharks were targeted for oil which was used as a lubricant in the
From cliff-top tees to weather-guiding goats and even green-keeping sheep, the Wild Atlantic Way has its fair share of rather unique golf courses.
Explore this specially illustrated map for highlights of particularly striking locations on the route. Read on for our recommendations around these beautiful areas, along with captivating videos from local people telling you more...
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