Cycling Route

Loop No. 2

Loop 2 of the Achill Cycle Hub follows the Achill Half-Marathon route to Bunnacurry, where you can drop into the Irish American Whiskey Distillery, or the Achill Island Sea Salt factory, each a short spin from Bunnacurry junction. You’ll cycle through the bogs in the middle of the island, and turn left at The Valley crossroads, which will bring you to the second of Achill’s three Blue Flag beaches on this route (Keel, Golden Strand, and Silver Strand), and the charming clachan village of Dugort, where you’ll find the Achill Mission Settlement known as The Colony. Cycling along the shoulder of Slievemore you’ll pass the Heinrich Boll Cottage and a Megalithic court tomb before arriving at the famous Deserted Village of Slievemore. You could also visit the Achill Experience aquarium and visitor centre in Crumpaun. After coming through Keel Village on your way back to Dooagh, a short spin southward off R319 will bring you down to Purteen Harbour, where the Banshees of Inisherin village was constructed in 2021 for filming (and dismantled immediately afterwards). You’ll be feeling great when you get back to Dooagh!

  • Distance (starting in Dooagh) : 32 km
  • Estimated Time : 2 - 3 Hours
  • Terrain : Quiet Roads & Bog Tracks
Silver Strand