What about Northern Ireland? This is actually politically seperate from Ireland and is part of the United Kingdom. We have written a guide to the best hostels in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland.
Note: in many of the destinations there is only 1 hostel recommendation. This is because we couldn’t find any other hostels worth mentioning that we would recommend to our friends and family.
Best Hostels in Dublin
Dublin, Ireland’s capital, sits on the mouth of the River Liffey. Stroll the cobbled streets, grab a Guinness and revel in the city’s rich history.
Update: Blue Pool Hostel has permanently closed its doors. Right now we do not have another recommendation for Glengarriff.
Blue Pool Hostel is a wonderful no-frills hostel that is a haven for hikers and sightseeing enthusiasts.
The rooms here are simple, yet comfortable. Not small, just cosy.
It’s more of a home-from-home, in fact. Rustle up a feast in the kitchen and relax in the living room. A light breakfast is also included!
Location: In the centre of Glengarriff, nearby locals pubs and restaurants. Garnish Island is a ferry ride away.
Best Hostels in Killarney: The Black Sheep
Really cool hostel created with the backpacker in mind.
Custom created bunk beds with own privacy curtains and under bed lockers, personal lights and power sockets.
In the sitting room you will find a well stocked library and an open place to relax, play guitar or some board games.
The Black Sheep has its own south facing garden with organic veggies and free range chickens. Guests are free to roam the garden and chill in the patio or bbq area. The hostel has an eco-friendly outdoor ethos and they love to meet fellow backpackers who love nature and the outdoors.
Location: In the centre of Killarney, a small town in an amazing natural setting. From the world fa- mous scenic drives of the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula to Killarney National Park and the Lakes of Killarney there is plenty to see and do.
Best Hostels in Limerick: Ballyhoura Luxury Hostel
A luxury hostel, often referred to as a hidden gem, located in the picturesque mountain village of Kilfinane, Limerick.
The beds at Ballyhoura Luxury Hostel are made of solid hardwood, with extremely comfortable mattresses and 100% Egyptian cotton linen. The living room is large and cosy with an open area, log fire and big comfy couches.
The warm Irish welcome from Séamus and Teresa immediately puts people at ease and sets the tone for a comfortable and relaxing stay, where you can unwind and recharge your batteries.
Location: A stroll from nearby shops, pubs and restaurants. A great base for exploring hidden gems of Munster. Enjoy walking, MTB, horse trekking and archery in this area.
Besides the listed accommodation, we also put together the best hostels in the world; the 5 Star Hostels.
We stayed in a former winery in Santorini, in a former jail-now 5 Star Hostel and many more. And we share all of these unique budget accommodations with you.
Make sure you check out our guides “best hostels in“. Here we cover many more destinations.
Update: We now cover as well curated ‘3 best hostels’ guides to cities with no 5 Star Hostels such as Paris, Tokyo and Sydney.
By now you should have the answer to your question where to stay in Ireland. Which of the best hostels in Ireland have you fallen in love with? Let us know!
This guide is your shortcut to your hostel-picks, saving you lots of time in your accommodation research.
And for sure, it gives you the security of a top-hostel choice without any bad surprises.
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