Ben Lettery Youth Hostel

“Connemara is a savage beauty”, – Oscar Wilde

This rural Galway Youth Hostel in Connemara is in the most beautiful area in the heart of the West! In front of the Ben Lettery Hostel is a long lake and behind it are the stunning Twelve Bens Mountains, ideal for hill walking and cycling. This area of Ireland is magical and is renowned for its beauty. A visit here will never be forgotten!

Clifden– a popular village with Irish tourists – is nearby (only 13km/8 miles or a 10 minute drive!) as is Recess (8km/5 miles – consists of a shop, pub and petrol station only). Ben Lettery Hostel is also a short drive from the pretty village of Roundstone (14km/8.5 miles) situated on the Atlantic Ocean.

Inisboffin, the island of legend and folklore, can be visited from nearby Cleggan. This Galway hostel is also a good base to visit the famous Aran Islands as it is located only 45 minutes from Rossaveal where the ferry operates.

Connemara is one of the favourite destinations of those looking to visit the “real” Ireland and Ben Lettery Youth Hostel certainly won’t disappoint!

Opening Dates & Times


Ben Lettery Hostel is currently open to walk-in guests only.


Address: Ballynahinch, Connemara, Co. Galway


  • From Galway – Follow the signs for Clifden (N59). Pass through Recess and the youth hostel is on the right hand side approximately 8km further on.

Public Bus:

  • Galway – Clifden service passes by the youth hostel. Get out at the gate (ask the driver – they’re usually very helpful!) For details on bus timetables and schedules see the Bus Eireann website. (Bus Eireann is the Irish Bus service)
  • There’s also Citylink’s Galway-Clifden bus which stops outside of the hostel 5 times per day – see the Citylink website for their timetable.


  • Use Irish Rail information to get to the nearest train station which is in Galway – 64km/approx 40 miles away.  Then use transport as above!


  • Self Catering Kitchen
  • Drying Room
  • Common Room with Traditional Turf Fire
  • Free Private Parking
  • Stunning View of Ballynahinch Lake

For bookings and queries,

Phone: (01) 830 4555