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The Coláiste Acla Experience

Situated in the Achill Gaeltacht, our magnificent setting gives immediate access to some of the country’s most popular Blue Flag beaches, mountains and cycle tracks. Coláiste Acla offers residential and non-residential multi-activity courses designed to stimulate, educate and motivate primary and secondary school pupils.


Our courses are delivered as Gaeilge, as Bearla or both depending on your requirements. Our Irish speaking staff are trained and qualified to the highest levels and we have over fifteen years experience working with young people.

We keep participants busy and supervised from breakfast to bedtime with a huge variety of land, water and social activities. Leaders have the freedom to enjoy the Coláiste Acla experience at their own pace. First class facilities, unique location, dedicated staff, and an exciting blend of activities all help to create an exciting and safe tour.


Outcomes/Toradh do chuid oibre
With support of staff and peers many young people are motivated to push themselves to surprisingly high levels of achievement - and relish the sense of success this brings.


  • Improved confidence in their ability to express themselves “as Gaeilge”.
  • Social awareness skills are developed by appreciating the achievements of others & helping them reach their goals through teamwork.
  • Personal qualities - initiative, self-reliance, responsibility & perseverance are demonstrably improved.
  • Key skills such as communication, leadership, problem solving & teamwork are developed.
  • Increased motivation & appetite for learning can lead to raised levels of attainment in other aspects of education.

Our highly experienced team will support and assist you through the entire process, making your trip run easily and smoothly throughout. 
Every programme we run is customised to the group visiting. 
This ensures we deliver what you want and that the outcomes for your pupils and schools are achieved.
Upon booking, your tour becomes the direct responsibility of an appointed tour director who will discuss any specific requirements you may have prior to arrival. The tour director meets the group on arrival and ensures the smooth running of all aspects of your stay.
An Ghaeilge 
Is í an Ghaeilge gnáth theanga an Choláiste agus mar sin tá an teanga mar chroí lar an choláiste. Bíonn na scolairí sáite sa timpeallacht seo agus ag foghlaim i ngan fhios dóibh féin.
Bain triail as, déan iarracht maith agus feicfidh tú toradh do chuid oibre agus tú ag filleadh abhaile. Níl sé ró-dheacair.
Foireann / Staff
Our staff are trained and qualified to the highest levels and we have over fifteen years experience working with young people. They understand the different learning styles of students and adapt their sessions and coaching accordingly to ensure everyone can experience success. They are committed to the outdoor industry and enjoy what they do. Highly motivated with excellent people skills, they know how to bring out the best from your students. They quickly gain a rapport and create an environment of mutual trust and respect.
Imeachtaí / Activities
Groups are split according to strict ratios and each smaller group is allocated an instructor who leads them through each activity. Instructors work with slightly larger groups for the structured evening programme. 
Free time is kept to the minimum with careful thought to session times both in the day and evening.
In the event of bad weather we have a contingency plan of alternative activities based in our large sports hall


Liosta Earraí/Checklist 
Old Runners Two Towels Musical Instruments 
Rain Gear Sun Cream / Hat Swimming Gear 

For the past 15 years the staff of Coláiste Acla have organised a full and varied programme of activities. All activities take place under the supervision of qualified staff in small groups in sheltered water. Safety is our number one priority!

At Coláiste Acla we pride ourselves on providing excellent accommodation. Participants stay with local Irish speaking families in the village of Dubh Éige.

Our accommodation providers are Garda vetted and Roinn na Gaeltachta approved. Rooms are en-suite and sleep four. The nature of the accommodation allows us to easily separate male and female students and we provide 24 hour supervision. Leaders are provided with separate accommodation.

Breakfast lunch, dinner, and supper are provided and special dietary requirements are catered for.


Taisteal/Getting There

While at the Coláiste all transport to and from activities is provided. Return transport to your school can be organised at your request.


Making a booking with Coláiste Acla couldn’t be simpler. Contact Us and your booking arrangements will be looked after personally by one of our experienced team who will be on hand to offer any assistance needed.

Coláiste Acla ©2018 Dáithí Ó Nia | Grianghrafadóireacht : Brian Ó Ciara | Company Reg No : 364983