Glendalough International Hostel

The fourth stop on the famous Wicklow Way walk – this luxury all en-suite Glendalough International Hostel is one of our most popular hostels.  Glendalough is one of Ireland’s most beautiful visitors’ destinations. The county of Wicklow, just south of Dublin is even known as “The Garden of Ireland” because of the lush broad spectrum of greens you’ll see all around you! The hostel is set in a wooded valley amid spectacular countryside ideal for fishing, rock climbing, pony trekking and hiking.

Glendalough (Gleann dá Loch) translates from Irish Gaelige to “Valley of the two lakes’ and this also helps explain the different spelling for the hostel’s name. The Glendalough area has a constant flow of tourists attracted to the area to enjoy its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife. The Wicklow Mountains National Park with visitor centre is right next to the hostel as well as the world famous Monastic Site with a Round Tower.

The great thing about Glendalough is that it’s only an hour and half drive from Dublin so it’s easy to reach! Staying in Glendalough is a great way to forget about the hustle & bustle of everyday life and just relax and take in the picturesque sights!

Opening Dates & Times



CHECK- IN: 2.30pm – 10.30pm


Address: The Lodge, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow


  • From Dublin you can take the M50 Southbound and follow directions as below.

From Dublin Airport to Glendalough Hostel:

  • At Airport Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the M1 (signposted Dublin). Leave the M1 at junction 3. At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the M50 motorway (which is signposted M50 Southbound).
  • Continue onto the M11 (signposted Wexford) which will then turn into the N11 – continue along this which will branch left. Then at the roundabout take the 4th exit onto the R755.
  • Continue along the R755 through Roundwood. The road will fork further on – be sure to keep to the right on the R755 to Annamoe.
  • Continue along the R755 to Laragh. Head right onto the R756 (signposted Glendalough). You then take the branch left onto the R757.
  • Follow the signs for Glendalough Monastic Settlement. The Glendalough Hostel is on the road to the upper lake. Follow the road around and you’ll see the hostel (yellow building) through gates on the left hand side.

Public Bus:

  • You can take St. Kevin’s Bus with a 10% discount for An Óige/Hostelling International members – call 01-2818119 for times and details.
  • St Kevin’s bus goes from Dublin-Glendalough at 11:30 and 18:00 Mon-Sat (from Dawson’s Street (off Stephen’s Green, Dublin City Centre).  On Sundays it leaves at 11:30 and 19:00.  The last stop is 500m from the hostel in Glendalough. For more information see: 


  • The nearest train station is Rathdrum which is 13km (8 miles) from the hostel. However, from here the only transport available is by taxi only – ask at train station to help you get a taxi. The cost from here to the hostel is around €15.



  • Self Catering Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities & Drying Room
  • Free Private Parking
  • Wheelchair Access
  • WiFi

For bookings and queries,

Phone: 0404 45342