Hi Everyone

I’m collaborating with Chill car insurance today to bring You a little piece of My home County of Mayo. Here in the West we don’t really have to travel too far for breathtaking scenery. It’s all here on Our doorstep. We have the luxury of jumping in the car and heading off down the road to the most beautiful picturesque locations. Of course having a reliable insurer when taking to the roads is a smart thing to do. Who knows When life can throw us a curveball. It certainly helps to have peace of mind knowing that fully comprehensive cover has got your back no matter what.

From My home town in Castlebar pictured above. I often travel West towards Achill Island. It’s just over the hour traffic depending. I head out the Newport road passing Raheen woods on the left. A perfect location to stop and take in the fresh air. Continuing West You can experience pretty views of Leg of mutton lake on route into Newport town. Upon entering Newport You will be greeted by the magnificent seven arch viaduct on the left. A relic from a bygone age. This was part of the old Westport railway line, no longer in use but hosts the great western greenway. You can stop in Newport for an ice cream on a hot day or a coffee.

Heading on past Newport and down through Tiernuar if the mood takes You Nevin’s provides a tasty spot to enjoy some yummy food. Upon entering the Seaside village of Mulranny the views of Clew bay are spectacular. It’s worth stopping at the little carpark for a few minutes just to take in the view.

After Mulranny as the road becomes even more twisty and challenging the rugged landscape of Achill Island becomes more apparent. At this point You may be grateful for that extra cover offered by Chill car insurance especially as there are bound to be sheep grazing on the roadside. Yes you read that right. Honestly the vast sheer beauty of the wild Atlantic way could easily steal Your heart. You will enter the island via the bridge at Achill sound the current modern bridge was upgraded in 2008. As We go even further West towards Keel the spectacular Minaun cliffs are a sight to behold.

Keel beach on Achill island has got to be one of My favorite places on earth. Stepping out of the car. The sense of how huge the Atlantic really is breathtaking it’s so fresh there and smell of the sea is invigorating. Although I recommend wearing a warm coat, it can be pretty chilly here on the West coast. A walk on Keel beach would do your heart good that salty air it’s good for the soul.

Now if you thought You have seen beauty here on this island. You have seen nothing yet. I’ve saved the best until last. Continuing even further West towardsKeem bay is a real treat. The last part of this journey is a hair raising rise for sure. As the road literally goes up the side of the mountain. Being in the passenger seat is prob best for this part as it overlooks the rocky coastline and a sheer drop into the Atlantic. As the road climbs steadily and finally begins to level off. The stunning Keem bay comes into view. This little piece of Paradise right here in Co Mayo is truly a hidden gem.

This gorgeous little golden sandy cove is tucked in between the cliffs. It’s turquoise waters are simply tropical. On a Summers day this place is a hive of activity. It’s usually very busy so it’s best to park up and walk the last few steps to fully experience it’s beauty. If your in the mood for a hike you can climb the cliff walk to get some instagramable photos.

There are many more fabulous places on Achill island which I look forward to exploring on day trips in 2019. The Atlantic drive , the deserted village, Achill aquarium and the beach at Dooagh which reappeared after thirty years. There’s loads more to experience. Of course there are plenty eateries to taste the wild Atlantic inspired menus from the island folk. And of course you need to pick up some delicious Achill seasalt this is a must. As you get to take the taste home. I highly recommend.

Well folks thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed. We love nothing more that taking a Sunday spin in the car and exploring all that’s here in the West. I really hope You come visit Mayo and see for Yourself how beautiful it is here.

Love Maria


Maria Dillon
Written by Maria Dillon