Keem Bay, Achill Island

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Escape the bustle of travel with a visit to Keem Bay, considered one of the most beautiful places in all of Ireland. Once the site of a basking shark fishery, the bay now serves as a great snorkeling spot with a Blue Flag beach--meaning it has met strict standards for water quality, safety, environmental education, and information. Historical and natural landmarks surround the bay itself, including an old British army lookout, a booley village (used in the summer to house young family members who bring their cattle to graze on the hillside), and Europe's highest cliffs in Croaghaun. There is little for food or drinks to purchase here, so consider bringing your own. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Keem Bay and many more Achill Island attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Achill Island trip maker site .
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  • It's a beautiful spot, but you really need the sunshine to see it at its best. Some people seem put off by the drive and the steep drops from the road, but the road is not bad at all.  more »
  • We travelled here in a motorhome. It's quite a narrow, twisty, undulating road but worth the journey. The road ends here. There's parking here and a lovely beach. There are also walks with spectacular...  more »
  • Just beautiful! I was not expecting a beach like that in Ireland... very clear water almost turquoise and the sand was soo clean. Bit of a steep slope to get down to, best to hold onto the rail so you...  more »
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  • Beautiful quiet beach. Nice walk up the hill nearby
  • Beautiful scenery if the weather is clear. I've been here twice, first time was a gorgeous sunny day and it was amazing, the second time it was foggy, cloudy, cold and raining and you couldn't really see much.
  • Stunning views,amazing scenery,lovely hill walk with more amazing views
  • Want to keep this place a secret! Best beach in Ireland!
  • Beautiful beach. Lovely cove.

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