Saturday 14 December 2019

VIDEO: Breathtaking footage captures Achill Island from the air

Bird's-eye view.

Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

An islander's drone footage offers a whole new perspective not just on Achill, but Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

Drones are ubiquitous these days – beaming back aerial footage from locations as diverse as Sydney Harbour and the Serengeti. But every so often, a new video emerges that reminds you why the technology was so exciting in the first place.

This week, that footage comes from Achill Island.

Achill is Ireland’s largest island, connected to Mayo’s Currane Peninsula and a major stop-off along the Wild Atlantic Way. While many visitors will have marvelled at scenic highlights like Keem Bay from sea level, however, the drone footage scales new heights.

The footage was captured by Seán Gallagher of Aer Photo ( during the recent Drones and Data Conference held in Mayo, and it brilliantly captures the sheer ruggedness of this unique island.

Achill boasts five Blue Flag beaches, some of Ireland’s best kite-surfing and bookends the Great Western Greenway – one of the video’s best sequences captures cyclists appearing to glide along its bumpy backroads.

And while the island's peak season is undoubtedly summer, its westerly location means Achill hosts one of Europe’s last sunsets... so New Year’s Eve is an option too.

At the stroke of midnight on December 31st, village pipe bands usher in the New Year… a tradition followed by a bracing Atlantic dip the next morning.

Roadtrip, anyone?

More info: and @Aerphoto (Twitter).

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