Eachléim (in english Aughleam or sometimes Aghleam) is an area of great scenic beauty and tranquillity on the Mullet Peninsula in north west Mayo.
This is a strong Gaeltacht area, where the native Irish language is spoken fluently, and is rich in tradition and culture.
The area offers many attractions including extensive unspoilt beaches, two of which have Blue Flag status, namely Mullach Rua and Elly. For the watersport enthusiast there is a choice of sheltered crystal clear waters off the eastern shore, while the more exposed western shoreline is ideally suited to wind surfing, canoeing and sailing (equipment and tuition available locally).
Blacksod Bay which is an ideal location for deep sea angling, is inhabitated by 36 different species of fish, and national and international competitions are held in the Summer.
A visit to the beautiful, tranquil and historical islands of Inishkea North and South, Inis Glora and Dubh Oileán, where monasteries flourished in Early Christian Times, is a must. Boat trips to the islands are available on request, weather permitting. The Inishkeas are internationally important with respect to birdlife, as half the wintering population of Barnacle geese winter here.
For those with an interest in geology this area is very significant. At Annagh Head there are gneisses which are 2000 million years old, the oldest rocks recorded to date in Ireland. Their type and structure has led geologists to conclude that this area was once joined to North America.
Eachléim has a strong maritime tradition, and at least two Spanish Armada ships sailed into Blacksod Bay. For those wishing to gain a valuable insight into the Eachléim area a visit to Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre is well worthwhile.
Erris has won The Irish Time Best Place to Go Wild in Ireland 2014 competition and was chosen for its balance of nature, wilderness, beauty, activities and accessibility.