For over 85 years now, An Óige – the Irish Youth Hostel Association has been providing safe, affordable accommodation and travel experiences to those travelling Ireland as backpackers, groups, or families. It is a non-profit organisation with a focus on its guests and providing the best budget accommodation in Ireland as is possible.
If you’re looking to travel around Ireland on a budget, An Óige is here to help. We have 19 fantastic youth hostels located in prime locations throughout Ireland. Our youth hostels offer great quality, safe and comfortable accommodation for families, groups and individuals of all ages. You can choose from youth hostels in Cork, Kerry, Clare, Donegal, Galway, Meath, Mayo, Wicklow, and Tipperary, with all types of rooms and locations – everybody is welcome.
To see a full list of all our hostels located throughout Ireland, check out our Hostel Guide section.
About An Oige
Since its inception in 1931, An Óige has expanded and added hostels and franchise hostels to its network as well as losing some hostels due to wear and tear and various incidents along the way!
Now, over 85 years on, we have 22 youth hostels located countrywide providing budget, good quality accommodation for travellers just like yourself, looking for adventure and fun. Nowadays hostels range from high quality city centre buildings with hundreds of beds to small rustic hostels in rural settings.
An Óige is part of a worldwide network of national organisations belonging to the International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF). This entire network, known as Hostelling International, offers more than 4,000 hostels in over 90 countries.
Finally, An Óige also run a number of programmes in conjunction with our various partners. As Ireland’s only youth hostels, we work with Gaisce – The President’s Award to help schools organise their Bronze Adventure Journey through our hostels in the Wicklow mountains. Thanks to our sponsors at Provident Financial, we run the Give Us A Break programme which gives funding to DEIS secondary schools to help them go on an overnight school trip at one of our top four hostels. We are also part of the Hostelling International Sleep for Peace campaign which see a full week devoted to celebrating one of the best parts of hostelling, interacting with new and interesting people! It is celebrated from 21-27 of September each year.
For a full list of our Programmes, check out our Programmes section.