Kite surfing in Achill Island
Needless to say, Ireland has a special place in my heart. Having lived in Dublin for over 1,5 year I got to experience the kindness and ‘craic’ of the Irish and see the splendour of this ridiculously photogenic country.
Being a very small country in terms of area, Ireland lends itself very well for great weekend getaways; Killarney, in Co. Kerry, is about 3,5 hours drive from Dublin; Galway is approximately 2,5 hours; and Achill Island is roughly 4 hours. Even though it’s always nicer to stay a bit longer, for example taking advantage of a bank-holiday weekend, you can totally go to Achill Island for just a weekend.
I have to admit though, I was a bit reluctant to go there at first for such a short period. In addition, I wasn’t planning on kite surfing, as this is an activity I’ve left to more capable people. But boy am I glad I went.
Achill Island is Ireland’s largest island located off the northwest coast in Co. Mayo. It’s a place where you have the sea, lakes and mountains and where sheep roam freely, including peoples’ gardens. Surrounded by the Atlantic, this “little” island holds itself to some of the best kite surfing spots in Ireland, with locations for all levels.
We stayed in the Pure Magic lodge at the foot of Slievemore Mountain, overlooking Keel lake. It’s well located and a great place to stay for the purpose of kite surfing. I also want to mention the restaurant as it probably had the best pizza I ever tasted in Ireland. Well enough with the rambling, I can go on forever. Here some Achill Island kite surf magic: