The Ring of Kerry Youth Hostel is an impressive 17th Century mansion, set in 75 acres of lawns and forests, overlooking the Lakes of Killarney and the Macguillycuddy's Reeks.

The hostel includes a variety of rooms, a self-catering kitchen, comfortable common areas, washing and drying facilities and free bed linen. You can relax outside while reading a book or just listening to signing birds on the garden seats and picnic benches.

This hostel is the centre for exploring the impressive scenery that is the Ring of Kerry. The 'Ring of Kerry Tour’ and the 'Gap of Dunloe Tour' depart daily from the Killarney Youth Hostel and show the visitor some of the most impressive scenery in the world. Enjoy boat trips or kayaking on the lakes, horse riding in the park, rock climbing or hiking in the surrounding area.

What travellers think...

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The hostel itself is in a very beautiful environment. However, maybe it is my bad, but this place is rather hard to reach. I saw it in the map that it is situated outside Killarney, anyhow, I started out on foot. It was a very bad decision. It is around 6 km from the town, you had better take a bus and ask the driver to stop at Fossa Way. (problem is, the buses do not go that often from Killarney station.) Or if you want to access it on foot, check the map thoroughly before you venture out. About comfort: one night returning to the hostel, I got soaked and was a bit alarmed, as in the room it was cold and I did not bring any hair drier. (it was the end of October) I asked the otherwise nice staff whether they could turn on the heating, but they said that usually in Ireland they dont turn on the heating until it is winter weather so they will see what they can do but I should not expect anything. Well, really, the heating was not turned on. But I was given an extra blanket.


Avatar for Katalin


Tue 11 Mar 2014

One of the most wonderful place I have ever been, I wish I could stay in that hostel all my life long. Everyone is so helpful, welcoming, smiling... The setting is lovely with the lake, the forest and even if it's 5km from Killarney, the path to go in town is charming. The kitchen and the dormitories are great.


Avatar for jeanne


Mon 04 Nov 2013