Achill Island is one of my favourite destinations to go for a few days surfing… with three different beaches to choose from you’ll nearly always find a wave. On the south side there’s Keel Beach and on the north you’ve got Doogort and Silver Strand.
There isn’t much trouble on Keel Beach apart from a rip towards the cliffs especially after big storms but the beach is long enough for a safe surf. I had a crazy session at Doogort one Halloween.
Summer Time time brings in a nice mellow wave which is perfect for beginners but it can get very crowded with swimmers so watch where your dropping in!