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Bervie

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Keel Strand, Keel, Achill Island, Mayo,
Ms Elizabeth Barrett
T: +353(0)9843114
E: john.barrett.bervie@gmail.com

Bervie B&B is located in Keel, Achill Island. It is situated on the south facing beach at Keel Strand, and has stunning unbroken views across kilometers of unpolluted golden sand, overlooking the majestic Cathedral Cliffs of Minaun.

Bervie was originally a Long House pre 1820's then a Coast Guard Station from 1821 until 1862, after that a Home and Headquarters for a Salmon fishing industry until 1928 when purchased from Alexander Hector by John and Eliza Barrett on their retirement from the Amethyst Hotel in the heart of the Village [where their first guest was renowned landscape Artist Paul Henry] but Eliza loved the hustle and bustle of the business and the greeting of guests so in 1932 opened as a Guesthouse.

The Bervie retains much of the atmosphere of days gone by with 14 en suite rooms consisting of doubles, twins, family and single rooms many with sea view aspects. On the premises there is a seaside Garden, and "the Little Art Studio" with Artist in Residence, John M Nikolai. There is a bicycle and surf board shed, free parking and is dog friendly.

A lá Carte dinner is served each night in the dining room with views over Clew Bay with its Islands and the Minaun Cliffs. Afternoon tea with homemade scones, jam and cream is served in the Sun lounge.

Locally you are well catered for in pursuits of the outdoor variety, if you choose not to, then relax, read a book, browse the walls hung with paintings by artists who have stayed within the Bervie over the years or just shoot the breeze. Outside the door you can see lovely Keel Beach and go for a leisurely or energetic walk before breakfast or dinner. There is a nine hole Golf Course near by, as well as surfing, wind and kite surfing, paragliding, kayaking, paddle boarding, pony trekking and hill walking.

Places to visit locally include the Deserted Village, Megalithic Tomb, Achill Secret Garden, Art Galleries, Achill Island Pottery, where Pottery, indigenous to the Island can be savoured with the eyes and purchased. Ronan Halpin, a renowned Sculptor whose work is known Worldwide, is nearby. There is a craft shop, café, a pub or two, clothing and surf shop and more of each within easy distance.

Take a sightseeing drive to Keem Bay on the western part of the Island or take the Atlantic Drive and on to the top on the Minaun Cliffs for a spectacular panoramic view.

Art Courses during the summer months with Padraig McCaul.

The Greenway cycling route from Westport to Achill is a major attraction, bicycles can be hired locally or along the route. Achill is also a major attraction on the Wild Atlantic Way with it's focal point of Keem Bay and the wonderful and sometimes wild scenery to be viewed along the way. We are very proud of our 5 Blue Flag Beaches and Aquarium containing the varieties of sea life to be found in our waters. The bigger ones as in Basking Sharks, Dolphins Porpoises, sometimes Whales and Sunfish are to be found in their natural habitat of the Atlantic Ocean.