Tag: Achill Island

The Story Behind The Photo: Snowy Slievemore

This entry is part 10 of 19 in the series The Story Behind The Photo
We bring you yet another striking photo in our series 'The Story Behind The Photo’. This is a photo we spotted on the internet and Cathy Lynchehaun has kindly allowed us to feature it. The photo features snow-covered Slievemore, a mountain recently featured in our 'Walking Ireland's Iconic Mountains' series. Cathy takes up the story... I took this picture in December 2010. It was a rare opportunity I saw outside my window and I had to get a closer look. It is not very often we get snow Read more [...]

Walking Ireland’s Iconic Mountains – Number 4: Slievemore

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Walking Ireland's Iconic Mountains
Perched on the West Coast of Ireland at the edge of Europe, Achill Island must surely be one of the most ruggedly beautiful and scenic areas in the country. It is easy to see why the Island with its dramatic mix of sea, shore and mountain has captured the imagination of so many over the years. It is said that on arrival on the island, the artist Paul Henry threw his return train ticket into the sea near Purteen Harbour. Over the years he spent on the island, Henry went on to produce some of Read more [...]

Achill Half Marathon adds a 10k run for fun in 2013

The popular Elverys Sports Achill Half Marathon has given its fans another reason to travel to Achill Island in County Mayo on Saturday, July 6, 2013. A new 10K race will be run on the same day, so more runners will get the chance to enjoy the most beautiful course in Ireland. It can be challenging, with a couple of hills that can make athletes wonder why they took up running in the first place, but it is also one of the most rewarding on the AAI circuit, with stunning scenery around every bend Read more [...]

Achill ROAR Adventure Race – Sat 8th September

The Achill ROAR Adventure Race returns to Achill on 8th September. This event offers entrants the choice of beginner friendly Mini course (18km), intermediate friendly Sport (31km) or Expert (65km) challenges. All events offer a choice of a short swim or longer kayak or standup paddle board (all equipment supplied) water based section to start in Keel Lough. This will then be followed by a beach and mountain (beach only for Mini) run and a scenic cycle to the finish at Keel Beach. The Read more [...]

Achill Island Mountain Marathon and 10k

26 extreme have just announced plans for the Achill Island Mountain Marathon. Europe's most westerly Mountain marathon will follow a traditional mountain marathon format in which participants (solo or teams of two) navigate their way around a two-day course on Achill Island, albeit with a few twists. The midway camp will be in the same location as the start location therefore removing the need to carry your tent, sleeping bag and food each day. You will however be required to carry mandatory kit Read more [...]