Killarney National Park, Ross Castle and the woodland-kissed shores of Lough Leane are a few reasons why visitors flock to Killarney. As a result, there are some excellent budget accommodation options in town.
Around Killarney you will find plenty of history, majestic old mansion houses, sturdy catholic churches, and plenty of Gaelic culture. As one of the principal destinations in southwestern Ireland, it is well worth spending a few nights in Killarney. Many other visitors have the same idea, which has given rise to a broad range of accommodation options, from fancy hotels to good hostels with lively common areas and cosy dorm rooms. Here’s a look at some of the best Killarney hostels.
The Black Sheep Hostel
By far Killarney’s most popular hostel option is The Black Sheep, a comfortable, rural home away from home. The hostel is in a 19th-century building to the south of town, right on the edge of Killarney National Park. A light continental breakfast is included in the price, which can sometimes include eggs from the hostel’s very own chickens. The coffee is especially well liked at the Black Sheep, which was voted the best hostel in all of Ireland by Hostelworld in 2019. The best value dorms sleep up to eight people, with smaller dorms and private rooms also available. From €23 per night.
Neptune’s Town Hostel
Neptune’s has stood the test of time in Killarney, having been open to travellers for more than two decades. In that time, the owners have learned a good thing or two about running a great hostel, exemplified by the generous space given to common areas, including a book exchange and self-catering kitchen. Plenty of extras are included in the price, such as breakfast, bike storage and security lockers. At the time of writing, only private rooms were available, although dorms may return after Covid restrictions end. From €47 per night.
Locally-owned and leaning into the local culture is Paddy’s Palace, a decent place to find a cheaper private room for the night. Paddy’s is close to plenty of eating and drinking places, and is great for anybody looking to go out dancing in the evening or catch some live music. There’s a decent common room and self-catering facilities, all no-frills but well cared-for. Paddy’s is also located right between the train station and the national park, providing access to either in under ten minutes. From €40 per night.
Killarney Railway Hostel
For those travelling to a tighter budget, Killarney Railway Hostel offers excellent value dorm beds right across the road from Killarney’s train station. This is an ideal spot for a late arrival or early getaway for anybody who doesn’t know the town well. The hostel has some decent facilities, including a book swap area and laundry (extra charge). There’s also free luggage storage and a breakfast (Covid restrictions pending). From €16 per night.