Today I went to Achill Island for the first time ever I’m ashamed to say! I was heading to Westport to see my friends exhibition and I realised the Custom House Gallery didn’t open until 1pm so I had several hours to kill and decided to explore. I’m going to do a couple of posts about Achill because I took way too many photos. The photo above was taken in Aclare just outside Tubbercurry at 8.30am, the fog was lifting and the moon was very bright so I had to pull over to take this.
Heading into Newport and it was another stop off to take the photo above. Newport is a beautiful town, I didn’t have much time to stop and take photos so I’ll have to go back again.
Mulranny in Mayo looks like another lovely place, there are little derelict cottages dotted around the place.
Another stop off to take these photos. I was a bit put off though as I had an audience of locals!! They obviously aren’t used to seeing people with cameras.
The bridge onto Achill Island reminds me of a persons ribs, I’m not sure if I like it or hate it.
As soon as I got over the bridge and into Achill I got caught in a traffic jam 😉 there were several of these along the way. Achill is a very beautiful place, quaint and quiet. Perfect for exploring.
I had a wander around the base of Slievemore Mountain where there is a deserted village (I’ll post more about that tomorrow).
The village was completely deserted, this little angel was sitting on a wall. I love angels and thought this was very sweet.
After a quick look around Keel I headed to Keem beach, along some very narrow roads. There was a lay-by where I pulled in and saw my first view of the beach. It’s very beautiful, the sand was so clean and although it was a cold day as the beach is sheltered there it didn’t feel cold at all.
This is how narrow the road was, I’m very glad I didn’t meet any other traffic (except the sheep!) I’m also glad it wasn’t icy!
There are beaches all around Achill but I’m told that Keem is the nicest one.
I had to wonder about the people in the sea though! Rather them than me. This is part one of my blog about Achill, there’ll be more tomorrow.