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3 Beaches in Mayo You Have to Visit

Missing the Med? These beaches in Mayo might make up for it.


I’m just back after a fabulous few days in Mayo, a county that really surprised me. There is so much to see and do in Mayo and we only scratched the surface. I have yet to cycle The Great Western Greenway, climb Croagh Patrick, take a boat trip to Clare Island or visit Ballycroy National Park – needless to say I am already planning my return trip. However, I did manage to check out some of the best beaches in Mayo, and I was seriously impressed. Check out my Instagram Highlights from my trip to Mayo here.


I am convinced that some of Ireland’s best beaches are in Mayo. I missed out on Mulranny Breach, Old Head and Cross Beach – from what I am told these are equally as stunning, but from my own personal experience, these are beaches in Mayo that you simply have to visit!


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Keem Beach, Achill

Keem Beach is a little piece of heaven. So many locals from Mayo recommended that I visit Keem, so I duly obliged. It is located at the western end of Achill Island, and is easily accessible by road – the clifftop drive is pretty impressive too. I recommend going early so you can get a parking spot right at the beach.


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It is virtually uninhabited so you wont find surf schools or coffee shops, but that’s part of its charm. The sheltered cove beach has white sand and crystal clear water – it felt like a beach from the Caribbean, rather than the west of Ireland.


It is surrounded by mountains and cliffs which you must explore. Make sure you hike the mountain behind the beach to catch the most breathtaking views, it takes about 40 minutes to get to the top. Watch out for the former look-out post, it is one of Ireland’s best Instagram locations. You can also choose to walk along the top of the cliffs towards Achill Head, the most westerly point of Achill Island. 


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Keel Beach, Achill

Keel Beach stretches for 4km and is one of the most popular sandy beaches on Achill Island. It is a haven for water sports such as kitesurfing, surfing, windsurfing and of course swimming. This is the place to experience the surfy vibes of Achill. Don’t miss lunch, or even a home-made cake, at The Beehive. Pure Magic Lodge is a great place to stay if you are looking for an active holiday with a lively atmosphere, and I’m told their pizzas are pretty good too.

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Silver Strand Beach, Louisburg

Silver Strand Beach is another beach that came highly recommended, but I made the mistake of only visiting it on our way home. It is a stunning secluded beach, and although remote and unspoilt, it is only 15km from Louisburg. Surrounded by green headlands, high sand dunes, and blessed with crystal clear waters, it is the picture perfect Irish beach – I’m thinking Failte Ireland need to come here for their next Wild Atlantic Way campaign.


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There are eleven Blue Flag beaches in Mayo, these three are favourites from my own personal experience. I am sure when I visit the rest of them I will be editing this post accordingly. Watch this space. 



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