Hostels for hikers


Hillwalking in Ireland the way it’s meant to be!!


Our hostels for hikers are situated to serve hillwalkers around Ireland. Our hostel staff generally have maps of the area that they can lend out
or give you free- just ask! Most also have books on hiking trails that
you can borrow. And, of course, many of the hostel managers and staff are
avid hillwalkers themselves so can give you first hand information! They’re
always happy to give advice and share their stories!

Ask when you’re booking about our FREE guides – An Óige volunteers
are sometimes available to lead a small group on a hike but they need to
be booked well in advance as they’re very popular!

Ireland’s most popular hillwalking areas

(with our hostels nearby!)



Famous for the beautiful Wicklow Way in “The Garden of Ireland”, including Glendalough. A Mecca for hillwalkers of all abilities.


Renowned for the Kerry Way & the Ring of Kerry – a top destination for many hillwalkers. Dare you climb the Devil’s Ladder & conquer Carrauntoohil in the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks-the highest mountain in Ireland?


The Bluestack Mountains, Errigal Mountain & Glenveagh National Park  provide plenty of hill walks for all levels.

Twelve Ben Mountains 600x315Galway

The Maamturks, 12 Bens and the Connemara National Park are just some of the best hiking and hill-walking locations in Ireland.

ballyhoura walking trailsLimerick

The Ballyhoura Mountains and the Galtee Mountains are great spots for hiking in Munster.


Tramore Beaches and the bay provide peaceful seaside walks while you enjoy the fresh sea air.


It’s a long, long way to Tipperary as the song goes but it’s well worth it to see The Rock of Cashel & Galtee Mountain hikes.


With the Great Western Greenway, Inisturk Island, the Croagh Patrick Heritage Walk & the popular “barefoot” ascent, Mayo has much to offer.


Not known for its peaks (because it has none!) Meath’s Boyne Heritage walk gives a taste of history among the natural trail.


The unique landscape gives a great backdrop to The Burren Way while The Cliffs of Moher also provide spectacular views.