Sail from Erris to Achill this summer

Geraghty Charters has commenced new boat trips in the Erris and Achill regions this week offering a unique way to explore this corner of the Wild Atlantic Way in northwest Mayo. Every Friday from July 8, the Nóirín Bán will depart Blacksod (An Fód Dubh ) at 10.30am and arrive in Doogort (Dumha Goirt ), Achill Island before 11am. This boat trip allows visitors and locals to explore lovely Achill Island by foot, bike, or even pony and trap. (The road distance from Blacksod to Doogort is almost 100km and can take 1.5 hours to drive. )

At 11am, the boat leaves Doogort to bring visitors to the breathtakingly-beautiful deserted island of Iniskea South (Inis Gé Theas ), which is off the coast of the Mullet Peninsula in Erris. Agatha Hurst of Wild Atlantic Tours is available, upon request, for guided tours of the island (extra cost ). Ms Hurst was born and raised in Erris, and is a qualified guide and archaeologist with an abundance of knowledge in relation to local history, folklore, flora and fauna. A day trip to Inis Gé is an outstanding way of finding out why Erris has been voted the best place in Ireland to go wild!

When the boat returns to Doogort from Inis Gé, Geraghty Charters can then bring people from Achill to Blacksod, which will depart Doogort at approximately 5.30pm. The morning and evening boat trips offer cyclists a great opportunity to explore northwest Mayo by creating a loop between Achill and Erris, via Blacksod, Achill Sound, Ballycroy and Belmullet.

Every Monday, from next Monday, July 10, Geraghty Charters will host scenic tours around Achill Island. This boat trip departs Blacksod at 10.30am and Doogort at 11am, and offers a very different perspective of the island, with views from the Atlantic of Saddle Head, Slievemore, Achill Head, Keem Bay, and the Minaun Cliffs, before arriving at Purteen Harbour. From there, a bus will transport you back to your car at Doogort.

All boat trips are subject to weather conditions. The cost of each boat trip varies, depending on your origin, your destination and whether it’s one-way or return. Extra costs include bicycle hire, pony and trap trips, and local guides. To book, or to find out more, contact Geraghty Charters at (097 ) 85741, or (086 ) 269 5851, or email [email protected].

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