The Burren Sleepzone

The Burren Hostel is a friendly and relaxing hostel located in the heart of the unique geological region of the Burren, Co. Clare. You can be assured of a warm welcome and a comfortable stay in this stunning corner of Ireland. The Hostel is all ensuite and situated just off the Main Street in the village of Lisdoonvarna, in private gardens which include rose beds, rockeries, an impressive herbaceous border, ornamental trees and lawns. The world renowned Cliffs of Moher, including the imaginative and informative Visitors Centre & Atlantic Ridge Experience are just a few minutes drive away. The route is also pleasant to walk or cycle.

The Burren region comprises 400 sq. miles of karst limestone terrain ploughed by the Ice Age, home to many rare species of flora and fauna. It is a favourite with walkers as hidden in the mystical and enigmatic landscape can be found portal dolmens, such as Poulnabrone, caves and castles. Megalithic tombs such as Poulawack cairn, ancient cooking sites, medieval tower-houses, ring-forts, churches, holy wells and breathtaking views are all part of the experience of visiting the Burren.

There are a wide variety of walks in the area (from a leisurely stroll to a more challenging hike) including many way-marked walks- ‘The Burren Way’ is a way-marked trail that offers a stunning and always interesting backdrop, ideal for hillwalking. The area offers many cycle routes, and the famed surfing beaches of Lahinch and Fanore are a short distance away.

Opening Dates & Times

OPENING DATES: 15th March 2019 – 4th November, open for groups of 10 people or more all year round

Open Weekend : Fri 15, 16, 17 March only

Open Weekend : Fri 22, 23 March only

Open fully from Fri 29th March onwards


CHECK- IN: After 3pm – guests are welcome to leave luggage and use the common areas prior to check-in


AddressRathbaun, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare


  • Directions From Shannon Airport: On exiting the airport take the N18 to Ennis. From Ennis take the N85 to Ennistymon and from Ennistymon take the N67 to Lisdoonvarna. The Burren Hostel is on the left side approaching the town (just past the Kincora Hotel).
  • Directions From Galway City: Take the N18 southwards from Galway. In Kilcolgan take a right turn onto the N67; go through Kinvara and then on to Ballyvaughan where you turn left heading towards Lisdoonvarna. At the town square take the right turn and The Burren Hostel is 100 meters ahead on the right hand side (just past The Burren Smokehouse). Journey of 40 miles (1 hour +).

Public Transport:

  • Bus Eireann offers connections to Lisdoonvarna from the following locations: Dublin Airport, Dublin City, Shannon Airport, Galway City, Limerick City, Ennis, Doolin, Lahinch and the Cliffs of Moher- see the Bus Eireann website for printable timetables
  • An easy and enoyable way to travel to The Burren Hostel is with Galway Tour Company. The bus collects at Sleepzone Galway City every day at 9.30 am, does a tour of The Burren, and you can ‘Jump Off’ at Sleepzone – The Burren at about 2.00 pm. When you would like to return to Galway City you can simply ‘Jump On’ again, complete the tour of The Burren and return to Galway City by about 6.00 pm. This tour includes a 2 hour stop at the Cliffs of Moher as well as stops at Dunguaire Castle, Poulnabrone Dolmen and Kilfenora Cathedral.


All meals served with rice (where appropriate) and a choice of salads, jugs of water and tea/coffee


  • Free Light Continental Breakfast
  • Self Catering Kitchen
  • Free WiFi
  • Free Private Parking
  • Meeting Room (Up to 60 People)
  • Resident’s Lounge (TV and Board Games)
  • Dining Room
  • Laundry Facilities and Drying Room
  • Secure Luggage Storage
  • Wheelchair Access


For bookings and queries,

Phone: (0)65 707 4036