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The Colony Tour
Acaill, Co. Mayo
Family friendly
Dog friendly
Free car parking
Cloudy days
Hear about bibles, famine, guns, starvation and the struggle for Ireland's destiny. The Colony Tour in Doogort, County Mayo, is a 2 hour gentle walk around the ruins of the historic Achill Mission with BAFTA winning writer and Achill Islander Kevin Toolis.

In 1831, the year of our Lord, a young Irish Prophet came to the West of Ireland to save the heathen native Irish from the errors of Popery and found a new Protestant Zion in the most miserable wilderness of the Irish nation, Achill Island.

The arrival of Edward Nangle on Achill would then ignite a 50 year long religious war waged with guns, bibles, famine and starvation. Learn more about this struggle for the destiny of the Irish nation with his archrival, His Grace Archbishop of Tuam, Dr John MacHale.

Why we like it
  • Experience a 2 hour historical walking tour through the ruins of the Achill Mission with BAFTA winning writer and Achill Islander Kevin Toolis.
  • Learn about the fascinating rise and fall of the Irish Prophet Edward Nangle and his struggles with Archbishop of Tuam, Dr John MacHale.
  • Enjoy the beautiful surrounding landscape and scenery of Achill Island.
Tips from locals

Explore the Deserted Village, a haunting reminder of times past. The ruins of over 100 roofless stone cottages located at the foot of the Slievemore Mountain offers a fascinating insight into 19th century rural Ireland.

Tips from locals

Visit the Achill Heritage Centre and see displays of old photographs, historical documents and artefacts that span over 200 years of island life.

Contact details
Dugort Beach, Doogort, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 2 to 2.5 hours here.

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