Errigal Youth Hostel
Front of Errigal Youth Hostel with Mount Errigal in the background
The Bloody Foreland - beach near the Errigal Hostel
Dunlewey Church with Mountain Scenery
Beautiful Sight of Errigal Hostel
TO CONTACT THE HOSTEL DIRECTLY, PHONE: +353 (0)74 9531180
Our 5 star Errigal Hostel is situated in a stunning corner of Ireland in County Donegal. This Donegal Youth Hostel lies at the foot of Donegal's highest mountain, Mt. Errigal which looms overhead and, for those interested in hiking and walking, it is right on the Ulster Way.
Errigal Hostel prides itself on being GREEN, GREEN, GREEN and has recently been awarded EU ECO Flower Label. The ECO “Flower” Label is an environmental accreditation recognised throughout Europe for its commitment to sustainable tourism and protection of the local environment. The staff at Errigal Hostel, with the help of the An Óige Environmental Group, worked hard to meet the long list of strict criteria needed to achieve this prestigious award.
This impressive custom-built Donegal Hostel had €3 million invested in it in recent years to make the accommodation as modern and sustainable as possible. It has an energy efficient wood pellet boiler, energy saving lighting, water saving measures and composting and recycling of most materials. Environmentally friendly cleaning products are used in the hostel and the cost reductions can be passed on to loyal customers making it economically friendly too!
The Poisoned Glen, Glenveagh Castle and National Park, adjacent to the hostel are ideal for walking in Donegal as is the Bloody Foreland – just watch out for the Green Lady ghost! You can also visit the village beach resort of Bunbeg, well known for its surfing and music festivals.
As this new 60 bed building recently had €3m invested in it, it is a most impressive purpose built, state of the art youth hostel! It features some bedrooms built in a mezzanine fashion as well as en-suite rooms if you prefer! You have plenty of choice of rooms from twin, 4 bedded and 6 bedded rooms with breath-taking views overlooking the Poison Glen and Errigal Mountain.
OPENING DATES: 1st March - 31st October, open for groups of 10 people or more all year round
OPENING TIMES: 24 hours (Once checked in before 10 pm!)
CHECK- IN: 8am – 10pm
You’ll find the best cheap accommodation in Donegal in Errigal Hostel and the best hostel in terms of the quality of your stay!
If you are driving an electrical car you can now recharge it for free if you stay a night.
Manager Andrea Harold will be happy to welcome you to his hostel!
ADDRESS: Errigal, Dunlewey, Gweedore, Co. Donegal
FOR BOOKINGS: +353 (0)1 830 4555
or EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOSTEL PHONE: +353 (0)74 9531180
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We’re sure you can navigate around yourself – but here’s a helping hand with plenty of travel choices available!
Decimal: Latitude 55.014771 Longitude -8.082666
Minutes & Hours: Latitude 55° 00’ 53” North Longitude -8° 04’ 57” West
Car or Bike: Follow the N56 from Letterkenny or Donegal Town and turn onto R255 or R251 towards Errigal
Public bus/Coach: Take the Feda O'Donnell Bus [Tel (074) 9548114]. Get out at Dunlewey Cross. The youth hostel is at the base of Errigal about 3km (approx. 1½ miles) from the Dunlewy Cross. Head towards the Mountain, pass the Post Office and the youth hostel is next to the TOP Garage.
You can also take the SITT Bus [(074) 9741644], it stops at the petrol station beside the Hostel.
You can also use the following coach services:
• From Belfast: Patrick Gallagher Buses – call 074 9531107.
• From Dublin: McGinley Coaches – call 074 9135201.
• From Galway: Feda O'Donnell Coaches – call 074 9548114.
Rail: From the train station in Derry the drive is 177 very scenic kilometres (110 equally scenic miles) or take the bus as above!
The newly-renovated 5 star Errigal Youth Hostel is located at the foot of the highest mountain in Donegal, the majestic Mt Errigal and close to the haunting and mysterious Poison Glen (complete with the Green Lady ghost!) is definitely worth a visit!
This Donegal Hostel features all the usual characteristics of a top rated hostel including a large comfortable common room with plasma TV, a cosy room, internet access, self catering kitchen and more. Energy saving devices such as wood burning stoves have been incorporated into the building.
Our Errigal Hostel managers Andrea and Sinead and their staff will give you a warm Irish welcome when you arrive!
• FREE light continental breakfast
• FREE Parking
• FREE Conference Room facilities for all guest
• Visa and Mastercard Credit Cards accepted
• International Booking Network
• Large Plasma TV in common room
• En-suite rooms available
• Wheelchair Access
• Meals Available for groups (10+ persons)
• Laundry room and drying room
• Bike Hire
• FREE Linen Provided
YES – we have family rooms!
YES – we have FREE WiFi!
YES – we do meals for groups!
YES – we have a fully-stocked self-catering kitchen!
You don’t have to get all the way to the top if you don’t want to but you can’t ignore the looming Mount Errigal bearing down on the hostel as a constant reminder of its challenge!
For something a little less hardcore, you can always visit Dunlewley Centre across the road from the hostel, organise a walk around Glenveagh National Park and, if the weather’s good, the seaside village of Bunbeg is only 10 minutes drive away!
EcoAdventure Ireland is Ireland's foremost outdoor adventure and education organisation offering groups of all ages excitement, adventures and thrills.
Got a group and want to organise some outdoor adventure activities for everyone? Well, EcoAdventure Ireland have another branch in their popular chain of adventure centres at our Donegal Hostel in Errigal and offer the best rates around for group adventure activities!
Activities include: pony trekking, paintball shooting gallery, mountain biking, trail riding, archery, team tasks, survival training, target shooting, low ropes and much more! Visit www.ecoadventureireland.ie for further details and to book in for our overnight rates!
The EcoAdventure Ireland comes to you! Activities are done on and near the grounds of Errigal Hostel.
With mountains, lakes, glens and woods, with a herd of red deer over the 16,540 hectares (40,873 acres) this park is very impressive! A 19th century Scottish style castle is surrounded by one of the finest Gardens in Ireland, which contrasts with the rugged surroundings. You can take an audio-visual show of the exhibitions and the Visitor Centre houses. There are guided tours available lasting from 1 to 5 hours.
Use your Hostelling International Membership card to receive discounts in the following 3 attractions!
Located on the shores of Dunlewey Lough in the shadow of the mysterious Poison Glen (complete with its own ghost!). There is a vertitable list of things to do at the centre including a Restaurant & Tea Room, Craft Shop, Adventure play area, Historic homestead guided visit, Tweed weaving demonstration and enjoy some Ceol Traidisiunta (Traditional Music) too! There’s also an Audio-Visual show on Dunlewey, Lakeside walks, Boat cruise on Dunlewey Lake (with story-telling), Farmyard Animals to feed, Pony & Trap to rent or if you prefer to take the reins yourself, there’s also Pony riding. The Dunlewey Centre offers 20% off all tours for all members.
Built by the O'Donnell chieftain, known in the history books as Red Hugh O'Donnell in the 15th century, beside the River Eske and located in Donegal town, this is a smaller castle which has been lovingly restored. If you’ve any interest in history or how they lived in the past, this is a must-see attraction. All members are entitled to group rates.
Built in 1828, Regency House is set in woodland gardens. An art-lover’s delight, it is decorated with William Morris textiles, Islamic and Japanese art. The collection includes 300 works by leading 20th century artists including Picasso and Kokoshka. All members are entitled to group rates.
At 751 metres (2,464 ft) this mountain near Gwedore is the tallest peak of the Derryveagh Mountains. It's the tallest peak in County Donegal. Errigal is well-known for the pinkish glow of its quartzite in the setting sun. Also experience the ever-changing shape of the mountain depending on what direction you view it from. Errigal was voted 'Ireland's Most Iconic Mountain' by Walking and Hiking in 2009. Take the challenge and head up to the top! But just to be sure - a hike to the top will take about 4 hours!
The Poisoned Glen lies right at the foot of Errigal. The views whether from above looking down into the valley and over Lough Dunlewey, or below looking upwards at the imposing mountain beind are stunning and absolutely breathtaking.
Based close to Carrickfinn in North West Donegal - head out to the
Atlantic and challenge yourself kayaking on the ocean waters.
Alternatively, you can opt for Canadian Canoes on the river. Our
experienced guides are there with you all the time to maintain safety
and help if any problems arise. Experience the fun and enjoyment of
kayaking or canoeing in the beautiful scenic area of the Rosses. You can
choose 1/2 day sit-on kayaking tours, sit-on kayaking trips and open
canoe journeys. This books up quickly - especially for July and August
so get your booking in early.
We will take you from the picturesque harbours of Bunbeg and Magheroarty to Tory Island. Travel with Turasma in safety and comfort and see the beautiful North West Donegal coastline - Magheroarty Bay. Gweedore Bay, Bloody Foreland, Horn Head, Inisbofin, Gola Island, Inismeáin, Inis Oithear and the magical isle of Tory - Toraigh na dTonn. See the famours Tory painters at work above all have your very own audience with the King of Tory - Rí an Oileain. This King has no formal power, but is chosen by consensus of the islanders to represent the community!
The Slieve League (Grey Mountain) cliffs, situated in the West coast
of Donegal, are said to be the highest and one of the finest marine
cliffs in Europe with a three hundred metre drop straight down into the
wild, Atlantic waves below. If it's just a place for a dramatic picnic
or a full day's hiking - then this is the place to come! One is advised
to leave one's car and walk the 2-3 km to the cliffs so as not to miss
the exciting scenrey of the area. There are terrific views of the sea
and the Sligo Mountains to be seen. Donegal Bay can be clearly seen as
you walk towards the terrifying high top of Slieve League and there is a
small lake at eye level. A short walk will take you to the right of the
amazing cliff face of Bunglas which rises over 306 m above the raging
ocean. One Man's Path will take you to the summit of Slieve League but
the climb must be approached with extreme caution as it is very
dangerous! You have been warned!
Jaws Watersports in County Donegal was established in 2005 and since then is Dunfanaghy's original surfing and watersports provider. JAWS Watersports was the idea of local surfer and waterman Donald Craig run by very experienced surfers.
Here you can do Surfing, Sailing, Standup Paddleboarding, Kayaking and Windsurfing!
As well as being one of the most beautiful, Ards is certainly the most varied of Ireland's forest parks. Bays, rivers, loughs, beaches, salt marshes, valleys, viewing points, deer enclosures and historic monuments are woven together by a series of fascinating nature trails. Largely canopied by splendid deciduous and coniferous trees which clothe the 481ha former estate of the Stewart family, the park is capable of providing days, rather than hours, of enjoyment. Its appeal embraces the stroller, ornithologist, geologist, botanist, historian, children, and lovers of beauty in all its forms. There is a good map at the car park which indicates the various trails and major attractions.
Why not pay a visit to Árainn Mhór to enjoy a place apart. The ferry runs all year from Burtonport making day trips a must and longer visits a well deserved treat. Savour the beautiful and untamed landscape, Gaelic culture, quiet country roads with abundant wildlife, turf fires and lively pubs.
Horn Head is a peninsula and forms part of Sheephaven Bay. Hord Head cliffs rise straight out of the water to a height of about 180m on the ocean side. They are an internationally important colony for breeding seabirds and designated a Special Area of Conservation. Enjoy this beautiful peninsula with its stunning nature!
There are 12 beaches in County Donegal which are designated as Blue Flag Beaches (that indicates that is has high standards in safety and qulity)
Bundoran, Rossnowlagh, Murvagh, Fintra, Narin, Killyhoey, Portsalon, Lisfannon, Culdaff, Stroove, Carrickfinn and Marble Hill, Maghergallon Beach and MagherClocher
Carrickfinn is an extensive sandy beach with a good dune system. It it located off the R266. Head towards Donegal Airport and watch for signs!
Marble Hill Beach is a beautiful sandy beach in a rural environment. You can find many types of flowers and bird species there. It can be reached by taking the N56 north east from Cloghaneely towards Portnablagh.
Leo's Restaurant/Pub (15 mins drive from hostel) - Home of the famous musicians Enya and Clannad. This pub provides nightly music ranging from traditional Irish music to ballad sessions.
Teach Billy's in Gortahork is 10 minutes drive from the hostel and has a great irish traditional session on every Tuesday after 10pm
Mc Geady's pub, Dunlewey is only two minutes walk from hostel!
Sean Og's pub in Bunbeg (10-15 minutes drive) has got a really tasty bar food!
(Food served from 12.30-9pm Friday, Saturday & Sunday until the end of June, then served all week)
In fact, music sessions in Tábhairne Leo can be seen and heard on this BBC link!
But not forgetting Huidi Beags Pub in Bunbeg (10 minutes drive from hostel) which has traditional Irish music every Monday and Friday night from 10.00pm onwards all year round. This is alleged to be one of the best sessions in the country and not one to miss!
As with all accommodation, prices vary depending on the season which can sometimes cost a little more.
Please note: the prices below are indicative of the price range for the hostel – use our booking engine/request to get an exact price for your booking.
Keep an eye out for our packages and special offers which can save you €€€s and also, if you are a group of 10+ we also give group discounts where possible.
Lastly if you are a member of An Óige/Hostelling International, you will get a 10% discount on accommodation costs at our hostels per person, per night (see the Ts & Cs for that!). Make sure your membership card is up to date or order a new one now!
*Price for the hostel includes sheet hire and light continental breakfast*
• 6 bed dorm (U 18) from €14.00 (low season) up to €16.00 (high season) per person per night (pppn)
• 6 bed dorm (O 18) from €17.00 (low season) up to €19.00 (high season) per person per night (pppn)
• 4 bed dorm from €70.00 (low season) up to €80.00 (high season) per room per night
• Double room (en-suite) from €42.00 (low season) up to €50.00 (high season) per room per night
• Full Irish Breakfast @ €6.50 per person (for groups only 10+ people on request)
• Packed lunch @ €6.00 per person
• 2 course dinner @ €14.00 per person
• Kids Menu @ €7.00 per person (up to age 12)
Want to rent the Whole Hostel…?
You can rent out the whole hostel (all 60 beds) for special occasions (reunions, parties) or even if you just want the run of the place! See below for the room breakdown. The light continental breakfast is not inclusive in the price of rent-a-hostel but groups can book meals if they wish.
Rent-a-hostel for Errigal is only €1,000 per night in the low season (€1,300 in high season – May to September) with further discounts when booking 3 nights or more. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries.
Hostel Room Details
Twin room (all en-suite)
4 bed room
6 bed room
Total Number Beds
You’ll find the best cheap accommodation in Donegal in Errigal Hostel and the best hostel in terms of the quality of your stay!
We'll be updating this page regularly with up-and-coming events!
Gaelforce North - get ready to get dirty!
What is it? While you are running, swimming, kajaking and whatever comes to the organiser's mind you will discover some amazing parts of Donegal, including Glenveagh National Park, Coillte Forest Tracks and the spectacular Mount Errigal.
When? June 23rd. For further information see the Gaelforce website