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“Stunning”
Review of Keem Bay

Keem Bay
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Stunning”
Reviewed 28 August 2013

This beach, along with most of Achill, is absolutely gorgeous. The only downside is the hills can be difficult to negotiate in an auld camper! Next year I hope to hike to the seacliffs on the other side.

Visited August 2013
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Grenoble, France
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36 reviews
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“One of my all-time favourites”
Reviewed 24 August 2013

A stunning drive to one of the most beautiful places in Ireland. If you are in the West of Ireland you have to come to Achill and visit Keem Bay.

Visited August 2013
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
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“Breathtaking”
Reviewed 17 August 2013

The drive to Keem Bay is a little scary in places but the views and the beach are more than worth it!

Visited August 2013
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waterford ireland
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37 reviews
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“Beautiful....”
Reviewed 15 August 2013

It was actually raining the day we drove to Keem bay, and it was still beautiful with blue water so I can only imagine how beautiful it would look on a sunny day.

Visited August 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed 14 August 2013

The mighty arms and lofty shoulders of proud Croughan protect and embrace this nestling bay. Here is where the Atlantic untamed first finds a more tender haven in the lee of the land. The ocean accepts its gentling, it meets and it kisses this perfect golden crescent at the very edge of the Western world. For this, its sweet sweet first love, all it has brought it gladly gives in the fullest of measure; the freshest airs with which to caress the weary sinews of the land, the purest waters with which to bathe the sandy feet of the shore..

..Somewhat more prosaically, we puny humans who would gaze on such beauty should use care on the entirely unguarded clifftop drive here and back. The steep road is only barely wide enough for two cars to pass even before the inevitable hazards of stopped cars, hikers, bikers, photographers and wandering sheep present themselves. So go just as slowly as you like - in any case, no one is going to complain about having a bit longer to drink in these views.

No commercial establishments exist in this place, and no-one lives here permanently (The single stone house is a ruined and long-abandoned 19th century British coastguard dwelling) so bring your own picnic and anything else you think you'll need. In high season, a van selling all the sort of things which are sold at beaches (sweets, ice cream, buckets and spades) will likely be present at the car park, and a lifeguard will occupy their hut. Parking is reasonably plentiful, both just above beach level and nearer the toilets provided half a kilometer higher back. Kids (Ok, and adults) can always find beach fun in the dam-able streams and channel-able pools nature provides on the sandy strand, as well as in the waves. Do keep half an eye out for visits to the bay of some of the larger denizens of the sea (Giant plankton-eating basking sharks, whales, dolphins, porpoises), their presence is genuinely not unknown to this special place, though it is still a mark of great fortune and privilege to witness one. If walking down the points of the crescent to the rocky areas, do try to keep an eye on incoming tides, though in truth, the only likely penalty for being caught out will be a well-deserved foot-soaking. Slightly more serious hikers can use this place as a starting point to tackle Achill head or Croughan. On its Western flanks, it has a paid a savage price for shielding Keem from the oceans full force, and solid land plunges precipitously from the 668m summit to the ever-hungry sea, some of the very highest sea-cliffs in Europe, their full scale only appreciable from a suitably positioned boat.

But above all else, don't forget to just stop, stop and drink this place in deep. Put the camera away. This picture is one for your own memory.

Visited July 2013
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