About Us

Fáilte! Welcome to the Independent Holiday Hostels of Ireland website!

We believe in extending a warm authentic Irish welcome to everyone visits our beautiful emerald isle, and we do it at a price that everyone can afford without ever compromising on comfort or service.

Once you stay at one of our member hostels, we know you will fall in love with the real Ireland just like thousands of visitors before you.

Who are we?

We’re a friendly co-operative society boasting with over 55 members across the whole of Ireland, all of which have been inspected and approved by Failte Ireland, the National Tourist board.

Where are we?

Our hostels are scattered across the most beautiful locations in Ireland, from high up in the mountains, to the urban centres, to the tips of peninsulas and close to the wild shores of the Atlantic ocean and Irish sea. Whichever of Ireland’s most raw, traditional, historic or utterly beautiful locations you hope to visit, you will find the perfect place to stay with us.

What’s a holiday hostel?

Hostels are sociable places to meet and share with fellow travellers. They have a wide range of facilities for their guests such as self-catering kitchens, common rooms, internet/WiFi and games. Some hostels even have cinemas and saunas! If you’ve never stayed in a hostel, you should come and stay with us!

Our holiday hostels vary in shape and size, and usually reflect the characteristics of their owners or location (including a good dose of Irish warmth and character!) We offer a range of rooms, dorms, ensuite rooms, wheelchair accessible rooms & even camping and caravan facilities. All of our hostels fully comply with the stringent health and safety regulations of the Irish Tourist Board.

All our member hostels are independently owned and operated so you don’t need to be a member of any organisation to stay at one of our hostels.

Want to stay with us?

Why not check out our hostels, search for availability and make your booking right away? If you’re looking for inspiration, be sure to check out our blog too. And if you visited Ireland recently and would love to share your thoughts, photos and experiences, please get in touch.

Think we could do better?

If you feel that a hostel member has not met your expectations, or if you would like to make a suggestion, please speak to the hostel manager first. If you still aren’t 100% happy, please contact us directly.

Want to become a member hostel ?

Interested in the benefits of becoming a member of the Independent Holiday Hostels of Ireland? Please get in touch with [email protected] .com with your details and we will start the process.

Green Card

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OLD JAMESON DISTILLERY – Smithfield, Dublin 7
10% discount on entry to the distillery for adult admissions

10% off price of admission upon presentation of Green Card

TASTE OF INDIA – Indian restaurants, Dublin
10% discount with IHH green card (not valid with any other special offers)

SPORTSMITH – 8 Cathedral Street (off O’Connell Street)
10% discount on all products when using your IHH Green Card (excluding sale items/special offers)

10% discount on all of the standard 3, 5 & 7 day tours once you use the promocode “IHH13” when booking.

10% off any Over the Top tour when you present your IHH Green Card. Choose from the Wicklow, Celtic, or Mystery tour. Also the Newgrange shuttle bus.

EXTREME IRELAND – 10% discount


10% off Viking Splash Tour when you present your IHH Green Card. Offer excludes the family  ticket.

PADDYWAGON TOURS – 10% off all day tours

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DUNBRODY FAMINE SHIP – 20% discount on entry with green card

ROS TAPESTRY – 20% discount on entry with green card

HOOK HERITAGE – 2 for the price of 1 when using the Green Card

HAYES BICYCLE HIRE  (108 South Main Street) – €5.00 discount on renting bicycle with green card.

IRISH NATIONAL HERITAGE PARK, FERRICARRIG – 2 for the price of 1 entry fee and 20% of the admission for families and individual tourists


RUSSBOROUGH – 10% discount on entrance fee for the guided tour of Russborough – “the most beautiful house in Ireland”.

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LOCKE’S DISTILLERY MUSEUM – 2 for the price of 1 on Adult Tickets

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THE GREEN MAN – Wholefoods & Fine Wines
10% discount on all products when using your IHH Green Card.

DONEGAL COUNTY MUSEUM – free admission

PAULINE’S COUNTRY QUILTS, Dunfanaghy – 10% discount

THE MERMAID’S PURSE – 10% discount


Ewings Sea Angling and Boat Charters – 5% discount

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PATRICIA FRENCH ART STUDIO AND TEAROOM, Downhill – Castlerock 10% off art prints

CRUSOES CAFÉ COFFEE SHOP – 10% off full menu

TEMPLE BAR BISTRO AND OFF LICENCE -10% off evening menu, 5% off bottles of wine at off licence

BOBS BAR AND BISTRO, Downhill – Magilligan – 10% off evening menu

POINT BAR AND RESTAURANT, Downhill – Magilligan – Free tea/coffee with entrée


BELLEEK POTTERY VISITOR CENTRE – 2 for the price of 1 when using the Green Card

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COBH HERITAGE TOWN – 2 for the price of 1 when using the Green Card


CORK BAY SCENIC RAILWAY WALK – 15% discount on Tour

ZAKS RESTAURANT – 15% discount

WEST CORK SURF SCHOOL – at Inchydoney – €5 off on a 2 Hour Surf Lesson with wet suit & board


CORK SEA SAFARI – €5 discount of any tour

CORK BUTTER MUSEUMS – 2 for €5.00 

LUIGI MALONES, Emmet Place, Cork – 10% Off

RUEN THAI RESTAURANT, 71 Patrick Street, Cork 10% Off


SWELL SURF SCHOOL – 5 euro off a 2 hour lesson

BIKE SHED, BARRACK STREET – 10% bike hire and cycling tours

CORK CITY GAOL – 2 for 10 euro (doesn’t apply to Night Tours)

H2O Seakayaking – 5 euro discount on all activities

GTOWN SURF SCHOOL – 5 euro discount on all activities

GRAVITY MOUNTAIN BIKING – 5 euro discount on all activities

CYCLE SCENE – 10% discount on bicycle hire


SKELLIG HOSTEL – 5% discount Monday to Tuesday

CRAG CAVE – 10 % discount





SHANGHAI HOUSE CHINESE RESTAURANT – 10% off orders over 10 euro

THE BOSTON CHIPPER – 10% off orders over 10 euro


PAINT WARS AGHADA –  20% discount on all activities

PEPPERSTACK BISTRO @ROSIE’S BAR – 10% discount of all food purchased

FININS BAR AND RESTAURANT – 10% discount on dining

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THE BURREN CENTRE, Kilfenora – 20% discount

AILLWEE CAVE – 2 for 1 to Aillwee Cave and the Burren Birds of Prey Centre

CLARE’S ROCK HOSTEL – free evening bike hire with private rooms if mentioning IHH Green Card offer when booking


KILLARY CRUISES – 20% discount

PORT CAFE – 20% discount on pizzas and crepes


OLD MILL HOSTEL – Discount of €1.00 per night from Sunday to Thursday (inclusive)

MADDENS BISTRO, JAMES ST. WESTPORT – Discount given for each meal purchased


CLEW BAY HERITAGE CENTRE – 2 for 1 admission 


J.P. Keogh Gifts & Crafts – 10%

Fuchsia Crafts – 10%

Glengowla Mines – 10%

McNamara Food Store – 15%

The Boat Inn – 10% discount on bar food

Specialist Mountain Bikes – 10% discount

Breathnachs Bar – 10% discount on Bar Food

Make the most of your stay in Ireland with the Independent Holiday Hostels Green Card

The IHH Green card saves you hundreds of euro with discounts offered on everything from Car Hire to Museums and restaurants. Click on the county or area above to see available discounts

Just download the Green card directly here. You can download it directly to your smart phone or you can print it out and show it proudly wherever discounts are offered

Getting Around

Bus, Rail

By Bus

Eurolines operate international bus services to and from Ireland –
Bus Eireann is the national bus company of the Republic of Ireland. Their services operate throughout the country and also in Northern Ireland (Belfast, Omagh, Derry and many other destinations)

Ulsterbus operates bus services in Northern

Air Coach operates services to and from Dublin Airport, Cork City and Belfast.

City Link operates services between Galway, Dublin and Dublin Airport.

Dublin Bus is the main bus company for Dublin City

Bus Services to Donegal

From Dublin; John McGinley Coaches / 00353 (0)74 9135201

From Galway; Feda O’Donnell Coaches / 00353 (0)749548114

From Belfast and Derry; Patrick Gallagher Coaches / 00 353 (0)749531107

From Letterkenny; Mangan Tours / 00353 (0) 74 9128410

Please Note that Bus Eireann, the national bus service, does not serve this area (They stop at Letterkenny).

Bus Services to Galway

From Dublin, Gobus ..  tel +353 91 564600

Citylink..  tel +353 91 564164

By Train

Irish Rail (Iarnrod Eireann) operates all train services in the Republic of Ireland –
NI Railways operate all services in Northern Ireland –


The two main budget airlines in Ireland are

Aerlingus service a huge range of routes throughout Europe and also the USA

Ryanair are the biggest budget airline in Europe and have routes to nearly everywhere in Europe.

Several other operators service routes to and from Ireland

BMI fly from Dublin and Belfast to London Heathrow

BMI Baby service the UK and beyond from several Irish airports
Air France have a few routes to and from France
Flybe have several routes to the UK, Channel islands and Europe
Aer Arann have a large range of internal flights and flights to the Uk and France
Iberia service Spanish routes
Lufthansa service German routes
Delta and Continental both operate routes from the USA to Ireland
Air Southwest operate flights from the Southwest of the UK


There are three major ferry companies that operate to and from Ireland:

Irish Ferries operate services from Dublin City to Holyhead (UK), Rosslare to Pembroke (UK), and from Rosslare to Cherbourg and Roscoff (France).

Stena Line operate services from Dun Laoghaire (Dublin) to Holyhead (UK), from Rosslare to Fishguard (UK), from Belfast to Stranraer (Scotland), and from Larne to Fleetwood (UK).

Brittany Ferries operate services from Cork to Roscoff (France).

Other Ferry companies that also serve Ireland are:
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company –

Rent a Car

To get around the more remote parts of Ireland and particular parts s of the Wild Atlantic way in the West  It might be worth hiring  a car for a day or two .There are several car rental companies operating in Ireland with depots in the main airports and your Hostel should be able to help with advise on how to book :

Payless Car Rental  Ireland 

Budget Car Rental –
Hertz –
Avis –
National Car Rental –
Europcar –
Thrifty –
Irish Car Rentals –
Car Hire –

PLEASE NOTE: You generally need to be over 23 to hire a car in Ireland. There may be supplements for hiring a car if you are under 25

Wild Rover ToursGlendalough Hostel tour

Simply the best day tours in Ireland. Experience Ireland’s wild side in a fun and unforgettable way.

Enjoy a nice blend of history, folklore, storytelling and music.
Listen to the fascinating tales on Irish mythology, as you are making your way, through Ireland’s magnificent scenery.

We provide a dedicated tour guide and a dedicated driver on all our day tours to the most beautiful places, on the enchanting Emerald Island:

Belfast/ Giants Causeway/ Carrick a Rede rope bridge/ Game of Thrones

Kilkenny/Glendalough/ Wicklow Mountains, Dunmore caves

Cliffs of Moher/ Burren coastal drive and Galway city

Hostel tours in Ireland

Why not buy our special open all Ireland ticket. You are free to travel whenever you wish (subject to seat availability) offering complete flexibility with your day tour booking.

Why choose us?Winners of the best in its category, Wild Rover Tours was awarded Best Local Tour Operator 2014 award by Viator members (world’s largest travel site).

Winners of 5 Star Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor 2012 + 2013 + 2014.

All tours can be booked online at or ask the Staff In the Hostels to book 

Telephone +353 1 284 5560

Email : [email protected]

Address : Tourist Office Dublin, 33 Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1.

Address : Temple Bar Tourist Office –
Unit 5 Temple Bar ( next to Bad Ass Cafe’




Making a Group Booking

Whether you are looking to book for a youth group , educational  visit , sporting or team building or special interest or friends reunion, Our Hostels will be delighted to welcome your group to stay with them. Meals and activities can be arranged in advance of arrival. Many have private rooms for the group leaders and can arrange discounts at many local  Irish attractions and activities

You can contact the hostels directly with your enquiry or you can email the head office at [email protected]. We can answer your questions and direct you to the appropriate hostel for your group.

Some of the activities our members can offer include-

  • Bus Tours
  • Walking Tours
  • Traditional Irish Music Shows and Dancing
  • Irish Dancing classes
  • Learn Gaelic Games
  • Guided Mountain walks
  • Water Sports and adventures  including surfing , kayaking and coasteering
  • Pony Trekking
  • Mountain biking

The activities offered by the hostel will depend on the hostel location and the time of the year, please contact your chosen hostel for further details.

If you  have a group enquiry for more than one hostel location and need  information on rooms  breakdown ,  Things to do facilities contact [email protected] and we will  get back to you


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c/o Isaacs Hostel
2-5 Frenchman's Lane
Dublin 1

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