Keel is a shingle beach backed with low sand dunes on Achill Island. The beach comprises wetter areas of Machair which support low growing mosses. Machair are low, flat, windswept sand plains found on the western seaboard. It is one of the rarest wildlife habitats in Europe and in Ireland it is a priority Annex I habitat listed on the EU Habitats Directive, which means it is afforded special protection and conservation. To the southeast of the plain the ground rises sharply and the hills are covered by blanket bog and heath.

Keel is on Achill Island which is accessible by car. When on Achill head towards Bunacurry and then go a further 7 miles to the village of Keel. From there the beach is signposted.

The beach is lifeguard patrolled during the bathing season. Lifeguard times can be viewed by clicking on the tab above or by checking out the information notice board at the beach.

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