The main villages of Achill are (from the west) Dooagh, Pollagh, Keel, Dookinella, The Valley, Bunacurry, Cashel, Dooega, Saula, Ashleam, Dereens, Cloughmore, Achill Sound and Currane.
Achill is an island but is connected to the mainland of Ireland by a bridge at Achill Sound. The bridge spans about 100 metres and allows two lanes of traffic to pass onto the island.
They speak traditional Irish as well as English.
You can get to Achill by car or bus. One bus per day departs from Achill to Westport in the morning and returns in the evening (timetable).
Achill has a beautiful little sandy beach - Keel Bay. The view from Menaun Heights towards this bay is spectacular.
Various stunning beaches make this a popular holiday location for the locals.
Achill Island is a very safe place for visitors - just watch out for sheep on the roads if driving: many upland grazing areas are unfenced and so sheep often wander along and across the island's roads.