Killarney International Hostel

Killarney International Hostel is currently closed

Killarney International Hostel has been shortlisted in the top 5 as ‘Favourite Irish Hostel’, as voted for by readers of TNT Magazine!

Housed in an 18th century mansion and set on 75 acres of gardens and forest overlooking the mountains surrounding Killarney National Park in Co. Kerry, this hostel is very popular with both Irish and overseas visitors who enjoy the tranquil environment and enjoy socialising with our friendly staff and other guests!

For those who don’t know, Killarney is Ireland’s premiere tourist destination and a great base with access to all of the stunning South West of Ireland.  Be warned though – many people have been so inspired and enchanted by the beauty of the scenery and laid-back, cheerful nature of the locals that they end up wanting to move out here for good!

With spectacular views over the mountains and lakes of Killarney, Killarney International Hostel is fully equipped with modern facilities whilst maintaining the charm and character of an historic building in peaceful surroundings. Killarney town itself is a lively hub of activity, with many restaurants, pubs, discos, along with outlets for renting bikes, cars and the famous jaunting cars (horse and cart)! 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.

We here at Killarney are running our hostel in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. Most of our waste is recycled or composted. We are continually trying to reduce our carbon footprint and recently became members of Green Hospitality.

Killarney town is in a deep valley in the MacGillicuddy Reeks, beside the Lakes of Killarney and part of the Killarney National Park and is the start and finish of the famous walk – The Kerry Way. Killarney in the “Kingdom of Kerry” is a must-see part of Ireland and Killarney International Hostel is the grandest and best hostel to stay in to see it!

Opening Dates & Times

OPENING DATES: Killarney is currently closed.

The Experts Choice Best of Killarney Award

Address: Aghadoe House, Ring of Kerry Road, Fossa, Killarney, County Kerry


  • Killarney International Hostel is at the junction of the Dingle and “Ring of Kerry” roads about 5km (3 miles) from the town centre.

Tralee Road to Killarney International Youth Hostel

  • Take the Ring of Kerry Road, heading in the direction of Killorglin (N22)
  • Follow this road until you see the Golden Nugget Pub (large orange pub) in Fossa Village and take the left turn at this pub, onto the Dingle Road
  • The Killarney Hostel is about 200 metres up this road on the left hand side. There is a long driveway up to the hostel so continue driving until you come to the car park and building.

Public Bus:

  • There are countrywide services to Killarney during summer and bus services to Killarney all year around from major towns. For details on bus timetables and schedules see the Bus Eireann website.
  • From Killarney to the hostel: There’s a local bus – the Killorglin bus – that leaves from Killarney. Get out at the Fossa Cross stop and from there it’s only a 5 minute walk to Killarney Hostel.


  • The closest train station is Killarney which is only 5km (3 miles) from the hostel. From here you can take the local bus, as above. Use Irish Rail information to find schedules of trains to Killarney.


  • The nearest airport is Kerry Airport which is 18km (11 miles) from the hostel. You can either take the airport bus service to Killarney or hire a car and follow directions as above.


We now do meals for all guests every day and we have a large self catering kitchen. For groups of 10 or more, it is advisable to book in advance for meals.


  • Self Catering Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities and Drying Rooms
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Free Private Parking
  • Free WiFi

For bookings and queries,

Phone: (0)64 663 1240