When to go
Peak season: Year round
Avg. Air temp: 15°C / 60 °F – 20°C / 68°F
Avg. Water temp: 12°C / 54°F – 14°C / 57°F
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Just off the west coast of Ireland, Achill Island has a dramatic coastline with towering sea cliffs (the highest in Europe). For the wave heads there are various beaches that can take any direction of wind or swell, but there are also spots to suit any level or discipline.
Irish invite / PHOTOS: County Mayo Tourist Board
Pure Magic, Achill Island Teaser
Between the Wind and the Waves | Francois Colussi | Wild Mayo
Keel Lake is a vast flat water spot with shallow, fresh water that takes 180 degrees of wind, while Keel Beach is a perfect playground for freeriders and wave riders that works in southerly and southwesterly winds. You can get some awesome waves at the eastern edge of the bay where KSP events have been hosted in the past. There are two spots that take northerly winds on the northern edge of the island, Silverstand and Goldenstrand, and although an easterly wind direction is rare, you can ride those conditions at Mulranny. You can also go on an epic downwinder down the coast from Inis Bigil.
Absolutely stunning! / PHOTO: Pure Magic
PHOTOS: County Mayo Tourist Board
Pure Magic also host the annual Battle for the Lake and Battle for the Bay events.
Pure Magic Battle for the Lake 2016
Wind, weather & water
Ireland is windy most of the year with wind coming from all directions at various points of the year, but the prevailing wind direction is the same as in the UK: westerly and southwesterly. Air temperatures range between 15°C / 60 °F and 20°C / 68°F in the summer months but the water temperature is warmer than you’ll get in some areas of the UK during summer, averaging between 12°C / 54°F and 14°C / 57°F. It never snows on the island but you’ll need a proper winter suit, gloves and boots from November to March. A 4mm suit will be fine during the rest of the year.
PHOTOS: County Mayo Tourist Board
Pure Magic offer onsite accommodation, though you can also find holiday properties, B&Bs, hostels and campsites elsewhere on the island.
The Pure Magic Lodge setup on Achill Island / PHOTOS: Pure Magaic
To view the facilities of the lodge at Pure Magic Achill Island visit www.puremagic.ie
Pure Magic Achill Island
Shops & schools
PURE MAGIC teach all levels from May through September with IKO and BKSA instructors. Group sessions are run at a maximum of four students per instructor and lessons take place on Keel Lake, so there’s no need for a safety boat. They use Cabrinha, Best, North and Mystic equipment which is also available for sale or hire. Downwinder trips, SUP and surf lessons / hire also offered.
Pure Magic shop teaser video
There’s also plenty to see and do if it’s not windy. On Achill itself you can cycle around the island, go hiking, SUPing or surfing or head to the mainland where you’ll find a spa at the Mulranny Park Hotel. The town of Westport is only an hour away. The most famous mountain in Ireland, Croagh Patrick, is close to Westport and definitely worth a climb up if you’re feeling adventurous.
Yomping along the May coastline / Keem Beach / PHOTOS: County Mayo Tourist Board
Embrace the Wild Atlantic Way of Life / Video: Wild Atlantic Way
Achill Island is connected to the mainland by a bridge, so it’s easy to get around, however you’ll need a hire car if you want to explore the island and the coastline along the Wild Atlantic Way on the mainland.
Exploring the coastline by car / PHOTO: County May Tourist Board
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Food & Drink
Although the island is small, there’s a supermarket, pharmacy and a doctor as well as a few pubs and restaurants. Pure Magic, the local kite centre, run pizza nights and have a DJ in the summer.
Dublin Airport (DUB) is a four hour drive, Ireland West Airport Knock (NOC) is a 90 minute drive away and Shannon Airport (SNN) is roughly two-and-a-half-hours from Achill.
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