Rowan Tree Hostel

Located in the centre of County Clare, our newest hostel can be found in the vibrant town of Ennis. This hostel is housed on a restored 17th century aristocratic Gentleman’s club with some rooms having balconies overlooking the river Fergus. Its lively Cafe Bar, comfy communal room and bustling atmosphere has ensured that it won Lonely Planets “Top Choice” in 2012 and was a nominee for Best Hostel in the World 2014.

Our hostel is the perfect base for visiting County Clare. It is a gateway town for the Wild Atlantic Way and gives wanderers easy access to Galway and Connemara in the West and the furthest reaches of Kerry in the South West. For those who want to explore the area there are the dramatic Cliffs of Moher and the strange landscapes of the Burren within easy reach. It is also a departure point for the Aran Islands.  The county is a magnet for groups as diverse as surfers, archaeologists, nature-lovers, cave-explorers and traditional musicians.

Opening Dates & Times

OPENING DATES: All Year Round. There is only availability in our 14 bed dorms from July 29th to August 9th and no availability from August 10th to August 22nd

OPENING TIMES: 24 Hours – we never close! There’s always someone on reception on hand to help with any queries!

CHECK- IN: 2pm

Check-out:  10:30am


Address: Harmony Row, Ennis, County Clare


  • From Dublin: Head west the M7 from Dublin to Limerick. Take the N18 from Limerick. Directions to Ennis (2.5hrs)
  • From Cork: Head north on the N20M20N18 and M18 to Limerick Rd/R458 in Ennis.(2hrs)
  • From Shannon:  Head east on the N19 and M18 to Ennis (15 mins)

Public Transport:

  • From Limerick: Bus Eireann, Irish Rail and Dublin Coach (every hour 6.25am – 00.05am – €5)
  • From Cork: Bus Eireann and Irish Rail
  • From Dublin: Bus Eireann, Irish Rail and Dublin Coach (every hour 6am – midnight €15. Link from Airport to Red Cow)


Our fully-equipped guest kitchen allows guests to prepare their own meals and our Cafe Bar is open 7 days a week from 10:30am – 10:30pm.
The hostel can help you with advice if you have any questions about shops and restaurants in the area.


  • Free Light Breakfast
  • Self Catering Kitchen
  • Cafe/Bar
  • Bike and Board Storage
  • Luggage Lockers
  • Free WiFi
  • Free Private Parking
  • Free International Phone Calls
  • Free Maps of Traditional Music Sessions

For bookings and queries,

Phone: (0)65 686 8687