Achill has been named as one of the ‘Five Best Places to Holiday in Ireland’ and is now in with a chance to win the overall title of ‘The Best Place to Holiday in Ireland 2022’.
The other four finalists hoping to win that crown are Carlingford in Louth, Inisbofin in Galway, The Burren in Clare and The Causeway Coast / Portrush in Antrim.
The Irish Times ‘Best Place to Holiday in Ireland 2022’ competition, which is in association with Fáilte Ireland, began in early May when members of the public were invited to nominate their favourite holiday destination on the island of Ireland.
Over the course of the summer, close to 1,200 members of the public nominated hundreds of locations in every county in Ireland for the title of ‘Best Place to Holiday in Ireland 2022’.
Two weeks ago, the long list of ‘Best 20 Places to Holiday in Ireland’ was published and this has now been reduced to five. Mayo was one of just four counties to have two locations on that list – Achill and Westport. The overall winner will be named next week, over the August Bank Holiday Weekend.
The competition last took place in 2013 when the Loop Head Peninsula in County Clare emerged as the eventual winner.
Every nominated location in this year’s competition was considered by a panel of judges on a range of criteria including natural amenities, built environment, sustainability, tourism services, diversity, a warm welcome for visitors, transport links, accommodation supply, cost and of course the X factor.
Here’s what the judges had to say about Achill.
Achill Co. Mayo – ‘Adventure Island’
Stunning and elemental, with huge skies, and uninterrupted views of the sea and mountains, the landscape is the star in Achill. The main attractions here are outdoors, and this large island has a wealth of beaches, mountains, lakes, and adventure activities. Some of its outstanding features are the “beach at the end of the world” that is Keem Blue Flag strand, plus Keel and Dooagh, both of which offer good surfing. A wonderful and affordable place to holiday with a family.