Achill Island is located on the west coast of County Mayo, Ireland. It is less than four hours drive from Dublin and Shannon International Airports and is accessible via a road bridge, linking the island to the mainland.
For European and UK visitors, Ireland West Airport Knock is only a 75 minute drive to Achill Island and offers regular flights to and from many UK and European cities including London, Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Milan, Dusseldorf and many more.
Irish Rail and Bus Eireann offer daily services from Dublin and locations around Ireland to Castlebar and Westport. A connecting bus to Achill Island leaves Ireland West Airport Knock, Castlebar and Westport daily.
Dublin 450 km 3 hours 45 minutes
From Dublin Airport, take M50 Southbound to Junction 8, Galway, and Sligo; take M4 onto Mullingar Bypass (N4) onto Longford.
Continue to Castlebar
Shannon 180 km 2 hours 30 minutes
Take M18, Galway onto N18 to N17, Tuam, follow directions for Castlebar
Galway 135 km 1 hour 50 minutes
Take N17 through Tuam, Claremorris and Balla, follow directions for Castlebar
Ireland West Airport Knock 80 km 75 minutes
Follow directions for Castlebar
Castlebar 55 km 50 minutes
Follow directions to Newport (R311), turn right at junction with N59 through the village, follow N59 through Mulranny. From Mulranny, follow signs for Belmullet (N59) for one mile, then branch left onto R319 signposted Achill
Achill Sound to Achill Water’s Edge
Enter Achill (approx 16 km from Mulranny) - across bridge onto Achill Island, through Achill Sound village
Continue for 8 km (pass Topaz garage after 5 km on right)
3 km after Topaz garage, turn right (signposted Doogort).
Continue for 5 km (pass Valley National School on left) to crossroads, straight through
Continue for 2 km, turn left (cul de sac)
Achill Water's Edge is the 1st on the left
AA Route Planner: http://www2.aaireland.ie/routes
GPS co-ordinates are: 54.01662,-9.958785