Black Valley Youth Hostel

Black Valley, it is said, got its name from the fact that it was one of the last places in Ireland to get electricity and it is indeed in a world of its own in this relatively untouched and remote part of Ireland.  In summer it springs into life with horse-drawn tours through the narrow Gap of Dunloe from Kate Kearney’s Cottage.

This fantastic Kerry hostel is located approx 12km (8 miles) from the small Beaufort village and perfectly situated for many off-the-beaten-track activities. This corner of Ireland is truly breathtaking and very popular with Irish and international tourists alike due to its beauty!

It is located on the Kerry Way and the Macgillycuddy Reeks and Carrauntoohill are both accessible from the hostel. The Macgillycuddy Reeks are the highest mountains in Ireland – a challenge to all hikers and hill-walkers! The hostel is also 2km (1 and ¼ miles) from Killarney National Park, now home to the white tailed Sea Eagles.

Its stunning location makes this hostel ideal for any visitors looking to discover the natural beauty of Ireland. Enjoy the spectacular scenery while horse riding at the nearby Gap of Dunloe or fishing and boating in the Upper Lakes of Killarney and with the hostel’s *new* outdoor BBQ area, you can cook what you catch!

If you prefer to rely on motorised vehicles instead of horses, the hostel is a great base to use to drive the Ring of Kerry, Beara Peninsula and Dingle Peninsula.

Opening Dates & Times

OPENING DATES: 11 March – 29 September 2019 (except for groups of 10 or more who can stay until October 31)

OPENING TIMES: 5pm – 11pm (Hostel is closed from 11am to 5pm)

CHECK- IN: 5pm – 9pm


Address: Gap of Dunloe, Black Valley, Beaufort, Killarney, Co. Kerry


  • Take the Killarney – Kenmare Rd, N71 (also known as the Ring of Kerry) and follow the signs for the Black Valley, after Moll’s Gap. Turn right after the next crossroads.

Public Bus:

  • Take the Killarney – Kenmare services and alight at Derrycunnihy which is at the junction of the Kerry Way.  Pull on your walking shoes though: from here you walk through the National Park towards the Gap of Dunloe (approx 6km or 3 ½ miles) – but a most enjoyable walk in beautiful surroundings!

For details on bus timetables and schedules see the Bus Eireann website. (Bus Eireann is the Irish Bus service). Make sure the bus route is passing through Derrycunnihy though!


  • Use Irish Rail information to get to the nearest train station which is in Killarney – 21km/approx 13 miles away.  Then use transport as above!


Breakfast is not included but there is a fully stocked self-catering kitchen for the use of guests and also a shop at the back of the hostel to provide you with basic supplies.


  • BBQ Area
  • Self Catering Kitchen
  • TV Lounge with Open Fireplace
  • Free Private Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Shop on Premises

For bookings and queries,

Phone: (0)64 663 4712