Sleepzone Connemara

Built in the late 1800s this former hunting lodge has been converted into one of the most comfortable hostels anywhere in Europe. The Connemara Hostel has 85 beds in 21 ALL en suite rooms – both private and dormitory. The hostel has some fantastic facilities; residents’ lounge with pool table, free internet and Wi-Fi access, cable TV, self-catering kitchen, barbeque terrace, outdoor camping facility, tennis court, bicycle hire and access to a range of organised outdoor adventure pursuits on its doorstep.

The Connemara Hostel is spectacularly situated in the heart of Connemara overlooking the Killary – Ireland’s only fjord.

Connemara is one of the most scenic regions in Ireland, a place where the Irish language is still in everyday use. Its craggy mountain peaks, expansive sandy beaches and laced network of lakes exemplify the peaceful solitude and rugged beauty of The West of Ireland.

Opening Dates & Times

OPENING DATES: 3rd April 2019 – 4th November, open for groups of 10 people or more all year round

OPENING TIMES: Winter Reception Opening times – 9am – 12 noon/ 6pm – 10pm

CHECK- IN: From 3pm; guests welcome to leave luggage and use common areas prior to check in


AddressConnemara, An Líonán, Co. Galway


  • Driving from Galway City: take The Clifden road (N59), go through the villages of Moycullen and Oughterard. At Maam Cross (Peacock’s Hotel) turn right and head for the village of Leenane. Drive 5 km past Leenane on the Clifden road. You will then see sign(s) for the Connemara Hostel pointing to the right – the Connemara Hostel is 1 km down to the end of this road.
  • Inagh Valley: An alternative (slightly longer drive but very beautiful) route is via the Inagh Valley. From Galway, go straight through Maam Cross as far as Recess. At Recess take the right turn marked Inagh Valley. At the end of this road turn right again. Drive 5 km. This time you will see the same sign(s) as above except this time pointing to your left!

Public Bus:

  • Bus Eireann offers connections from Galway City to Leenane (6 km from the hostel)- see the Bus Eireann website for printable timetables
  • An easy and enjoyable  way to travel to the Connemara Hostel is with Galway Tour Company. The bus collects at Sleepzone Galway City every day at 9.30 am, does a tour of Connemara and you can ‘jump off’ at the Connemara Hostel at about 2.00 pm. When you would like to return to Galway City you can ‘jump on’ again complete the tour of Connemara and return to Galway City by about 6.00 pm. This tour includes Ashford Castle, Cong, Kylemore Abbey & Gardens, the Inagh Valley and Killary fjord.


Meals can be catered in the hostel for groups over 10 people and with at least one week’s notice.


  • Self Catering Kitchen
  • Mini Shop
  • BBQ Terrace
  • Bike Hire
  • Internet Access
  • Wheelchair Access
  • TV and Board Games
  • Secure Luggage Storage
  • Free Parking

For bookings and queries,

Phone: (0)95 42929