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. To visit Keem Bay and other attractions in Achill Island, use our Achill Island itinerary builder.
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  • Beautiful, hidden gem and I can only imagine how much more stunning it looks on a sunny day. When I visited it was very cold (3 degrees celsius) and rainy but still totally worth a visit. Don't let th...  more »
  • A stunning part of Achill, hidden away-but a MUST see! The beautiful turquoise colour of the water with the mountain in the back drop-a photograhers dream!  more »
  • Fantastic beach in a beautiful part of Ireland. It is certainly worth the drive. Beware of sheep on the road!  more »