Ashleam Bay ,situated on Achill’s renowned Atlantic Drive has had its sand return after an absence of 12 years.
The location, which is hidden in plain sight under the cliffs of the 7.5 Km long Atlantic Drive on Achill Island is about 10km as the crow flies from Achill’s other famous returning beach, Dooagh.
That beach reappeared earlier this year after an absence of 33 years and became a media sensation worldwide.
Meltwater.com, a company that analyses media trends has reported that over 1.16 billion people around the world saw the story online or in newspapers with countless more seeing it on TV.
As a result, its brought a welcome boost to the local tourist industry.
AchillTourism.com, the representative body for local businesses reported an increase of 79 jobs across the industry on the island in 2017 and the season was extended by almost two months. Visitor numbers to the island’s two tourist information centres increased by 67%.
Ashleam Bay is something special, according to Seán Molloy, manager of AchillTourism.com.
He says no one knows how long the new beach will stay this time. It is the island’s only west facing beach and locals have always considered it to be one of the best locations to see the last sunset over Europe each New Year’s Eve.
Check out our gallery of photographs from the beach and it's beautiful surrounds here http://bit.ly/2hIqrNM