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The inhabited fairly large island of Achill is located in the country of Ireland, Western Europe. The distance to the mainland is, quite close about 0.2 km. The surface-area of the island is 148.1 km2 and is therefore 0.39 x times greater than the island of Isle of Wight. The island lies in the Atlantic Ocean and the total coastal length is about 129.3 km and the dimensions of the island are approximately 23 km by 17.5 km (maximum width). The island is West-northwest - East-southeast oriented. The highest point is 688 meter and is named Croaghaun (kliffen). The coordinates (latitude, longitude) of the island (center) for GPS are 53.97 (53°58'0.0372), -10.04 (-10°2'1.6818).


The population is 2700 and the population density is thus on 18.20 inhabitants per square kilometer (compared Isle of Wight 364 inhabitants / km²). The capital of the island is Gob an Choire - Achill Sound (located in the East of the island). Other places on the island are: Dooagh, Keel, Dumha Éige, Dugort. The island is located in the Northwest of the country Ireland. It is located in the administrative unit Province Connacht (local administrative level-name province), in the County Mayo (local administrative level-name County). Direct neighboring islands of Achill are (distance from central part island to central part of the neighboring islands):

1) Clare Located 5.2 km WestSouthWest of the island.
2) Inishbofin Located 30.5 km WestSouthWest of the island.
3) Omey Located 39.6 km WestSouthWest of the island.
4) Gorumna Located 68.3 km WestNorthWest of the island.
5) Inishmore Located 81 km West of the island.
6) Inishmaan Located 89.4 km WestNorthWest of the island.
7) Inisheer Located 93.8 km WestNorthWest of the island.
8) Aran Located 139.2 km NorthEast of the island.
9) Tory Located 176.8 km NorthEast of the island.
10) Great Blasket Located 199.7 km West of the island.
11) Valencia Located 217.3 km West of the island.
12) Skellig Rock Little Located 235.6 km West of the island.
13) Skellig Rock Great Located 236.8 km West of the island.
14) Whiddy Located 243.3 km West of the island.
15) Bear Located 248.1 km West of the island.
16) Dursey Located 252.1 km West of the island.
17) Lambay Located 261.4 km North of the island.
18) Long Located 265.2 km West of the island.
19) Hare Located 266.5 km West of the island.
20) Sherkin Located 267.8 km West of the island.
21) Clear Located 271.4 km West of the island.
22) Rathlin Island Located 275.9 km NorthNorthEast of the island.
23) Islay Located 288.1 km NorthEast of the island.
24) Jura Located 319 km NorthEast of the island.
25) Oronsay Located 323.3 km NorthEast of the island.

The island is accessible by car (by means of ferry or bridge). The distance from Western-Europe (The Netherlands) is about 1338 km. Far as is known, there are good cycling opportunities on the island.
The source material on the island consists of rocky surface. The land use on the island of Achill consists of nature 3.7 km2 (3%), wet nature 111.2 km2 (75%), and agriculture 25.5 km2 (17%),


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