Achillbeg - the small island next to Ireland's largest island, Achill
|Rainbow between Clare and Achillbeg|
|The northern hill on Achillbeg|
Achillbeg is a small island just 60 hectares (326 acres) in area, forming the northwest boundary of Clew Bay in County Mayo. It is separated from Achill Island by a narrow channel called Blind Sound. The name Achillbeg comes from the Irish Acaill Beag, or 'Little Achill'. Achill is Ireland's largest island.
|Beach with currach and southern hill|
The island's wild and rugged landscape is shaped by the forces of nature, with the Atlantic beating its exposed western cliffs and beaches, and the weather eroding and shaping its hills while it nurtures its green fields. The fields form straight patches of lush green grass bound by rock walls that run from each homestead down into the valley and stop at the bogs below.
|Ruins with a stunning view to Croagh Patrick|
Several old cottages have been renovated as holiday homes and enjoy peaceful surroundings and idyllic views. A promontory fort, Dun Kilmore, was investigated by student archeologist Johanna Ullrich for her PhD with the Department of Archaeology, UCD. [Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.866648, -9.964271]
Here is a beautiful story about a kayaker's visit to Achillbeg. From "On Celtic Tides by Chris Duff.
As we prepared to leave, the sun was playing rhythmically across the Bay and lighting up the Corraun Peninsula and the Nephin Range on one side and Croagh Patrick and Connemara to the other, while the islands of inner Clew Bay were overshadowed by dense black clouds and showers could be seen crossing from one side to the other. We prepared to get wet while wearing sunglasses against the strong morning light peering above the cloud line. It was a beautiful but cold sail back toward home and away from the time travel we had just completed.
|Looking toward Achill and Achill Sound.|
|The old schoolhouse|
|Walking the upper 'road'|
|Western shore and Clare Island|
|The lighthouse on the southern tip|