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Favorite thing: It should not come as a suprise that disabled access on Achill Island is rather basic and limited.
We stayed in a modern and very accessible 3-bedroom cottage in Keel which is managed by Glendarrary Cottages www.achillcottages.com
The Achill Cliff House Hotel in Keel has one specially adapted room. There should be more suitable accommodation available elsewhere, especially when only ground-floor access is required.
**Access To Beaches**
Wheelchair users can get right up to the rim of Trawmore Beach in Keel and the incredibly beautiful beach in Keem Bay. The territory in Keel is very flat. Getting to the water requires a helper, but it can be done. Access in Keem is very steep but once you are down on the sand, the water is quite close. Neither beach has a disabled toilet, despite both carrying the Blue Flag award. At least, in Keel the nearby camping ground has an accessible loo.
I came across these accessible toilets:
- The Beehive Craft Shop, Keel
- Keel Camping Ground
there are quite likely more in private premises, but disappointingly, there isn't even one accessible public loo on Achill. :-(
**Other Accessible Places**
Despite the mountains, Achill has also many flat or gently sloped areas. I wheeled my way along a portion of the Atlantic Drive from Cloghmore Pier to Kildavnet Castle and the nearby graveyard. The path along Trawmore Beach in Keel is totally flat, but it is only partially paved and bisected by a stream. There are 500 wonderful paved and flat yards from Dookinella to the foots of Minaun Cliffs along the eastern end of Trawmore Beach.
The top of Minaun Mountain is accessible by car and this drive, as the Atlantic Drive, is a must. There's a large and gently sloped car park at the top and from there you can get right beyond the last telecom mast on a somewhat rough track. The views are incredible into all directions -- this has to be one of the best viewpoints in the British Isles!
Updated Jul 15, 2004