Adventure Time on Achill

The value before and after a major participation event was highlighted on Saturday when more than 1000 participants took part in Quest Achill.

“Quest Achill is such a unique event, people love coming here and staying on Achill and seeing the best it has to offer,” said event organiser Oliver Kirwan.

“This event has grown exponentially in the last few years and that’s testament to the popularity of the routes and the hospitality on the island.”

“We look forward to bringing Quest and more new adventurers back to Achill next year. Thanks to everyone who volunteered and the local community which makes such an effort to support the event.”

Participants came from as far afield as Germany, the Netherlands and the USA to compete in the one-day adventure race combining trail running, cycling and kayaking on and around Achill Island.

After the race competitors enjoyed a finish line party where they were treated to Japanese hot tubs, a custom designed medal and t-shirt as well as hot food.

Later in the evening, the party continued at Gielty’s bar and restaurant with prizegiving and a fancy-dress competition.

“It’s been a great year for Quest once again,” said Achill Island Tourism Manager Sean Molloy.

“The numbers are great for Achill and there’s a real buzz around the island in the days leading up to and around the event.”

“We will be looking forward to the adventure racers and the Quest team coming back again in 2018.”

Next up is Quest Killarney on October 7th, where there are five routes to choose from. For more information visit

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Image Credit Cody Glenn, Sportsfile

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