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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  • Incredible drive to get to Keem beach and it really is incredible. Drive on way to it is not for faint hearted as you are literally on the edge of a cliff with wild Atlantic below. Easier on way back!...  more »
  • Well worth a visit for the views. Unfortunately we were there on a cloudy,windy day but still lovely and the drive to it is worth it alone  more »
  • I hope heaven looks like this. If you haven't been here, add it now to your bucket list. There are not enough adjectives to describe the beauty of this place. I have included a photo but it really has...  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.