Tigh An Phoist


Hostelz.com's Review

Tigh An Phoist is in a Gaelic-speaking area on the west side of Mount Brandon, about twelve kilometres north of the town of Dingle, at the very end of the Dingle peninsula. The name translates to "The Post House" or "The Postman’s House." This is a good, well-run hostel, with good facilities, and it is clean, warm, friendly, and good value for money.

The Location

The coastline between Dingle and this area is spectacular, and there is much of interest in the locality, including the ancient Gallarus Oratory, St. Brendan’s Chapel, and St. Brendan’s House. This is great walking country, with its off-road tracks, particularly the Saints’ Way ("Cosán na Naomh" in Gaelic, sometimes also translated as "The Saints’ Road") and the Dingle Way. There are regular bus services to Dingle from Tralee and you can walk back along the north side of the peninsula, or you can walk west to the end of the peninsula and take the bus from Dingle back to Tralee.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Beds are good (duvets and sheets and pillows are provided) and bedrooms are clean and well maintained. There are not too many beds to a room (our room had a bunk bed and two single beds). Toilets and shower are next door and are clean and everything works fine.

Common Spaces

The kitchen is very good, with everything we needed to cook a meal there. And there is a nice sitting room area with a TV. The hostel has free Wi-Fi. There is a shop that is part of the complex of businesses run by the hostel-keepers -- we did not use this as we already had everything we needed, but the shop looks like it would have provided all necessities, within reason. In addition to the hostel and shop, Tigh An Phoist also rents out holiday apartments.


Siobhann Ní Chonchúir, the owner of the hostel, is very nice and easy to deal with; she came and sat and talked with us as we prepared our meal, and we felt she could not have been more accommodating. The hostel is in a great area, especially if you like history and archaeology and mountains and walking and fabulous coastal scenery.
by Patrick P.
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
July 2012


Bothar Bui, Ballydavid/Bailenangall, Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland
+353 (0)66 9155109
+353 (0)66 9155109
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

Friendly, welcoming, and cozy atmosphere.
It's a great hostel to stay in. Kitchen, living room, bedrooms are all great. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming and the owner is really warm and helpful -- willing to converse and to share knowledge of the area. Dingle Peninsula is incredibly beautiful -- the coastal views are magnificent. Lots of hikes and lots of historical sites.
A place to feel at home
Sometimes when you're traveling you may be in a place where everything is perfectly clean and well-organised, but still you don't feel quite at ease. No way that's gonna happen at Siobhán's place! The house has a really cosy and comforting vibe, and everything that you might need is provided for (the owners shop nextdoor comes in very handy when you don't have a car!). There is not so much to do nearby, but that doesn't matter as long you like walking and reading. Otherwise, Siobhán might drive you to the nearest pub if you happen to need some excitement at night. The Dingle peninsula is magnificent anyway, and it's crazy to realize, that you are on the very west of Ireland, and so of Europe.
Nestled cosily near the northwest end of the scenic Dingle Peninsula, Tigh An Phoist is run by the owner as part of a small shop/holiday apartments/hostel complex. This quiet and tidy hostel is a super place to forget that the rest of the world exists and recover your sense of sanity. The rooms are quite small, some serving as four-bed dorms with access to clean common bathrooms with showers and baths, and others are twin rooms with ensuite bathrooms. The beds look nice, but some are a little collapsed in the middle. Rooms are carpeted and the doors can be locked. The kitchen area is spacious and completely equipped with cutlery, stove, microwave, tables, and the like. The service is very good, with a personable owner who runs her shop next door during the day. There is plenty of space to park outside. The hostel is located in a tiny community a few minutes drive from the town of Dingle, so don't expect a short walk to all the tourist features. Getting there is a little complicated, so be sure to get detailed instructions from the owner. The prime attraction of this hostel is its remoteness, quietness, and farmlands feel. And if the sound of mooing cows early in the morning helps you put the rat race on the back burner for a while, then pay a visit and while away a few days here.
Eric Savage
(South Africa)

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