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Bru Radharc Na Mara Hostel

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Craggy Islands 'An Plassey'
View of Hostel from Ferry arriving at pierView of sunset from Hostel
Inis Oírr LighthouseAn Loch Mór4 -bedded Dorm
Traditional Currach resting on beach after currach races & O'Briens CastleOpen Fire in our TV RoomCelebrating Mass in St Caomhan's Church on his feast Day 14th JuneBrú Radharc Na Mara Hostel

Hostelz.com's Review
If you want to get away from the large flocks of tourists that head to Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands, try heading to Inisheer and the Bru Radharc na Mara Hostel. There are places to stay on Inishmore, but there on none on the middle sized Aran Island, Inishmann, and the Bru Radharc na Mara Hostel is the only hostel on the tiny but lovely and tranquil island of Inisheer.

Bru Radharc na Mara Hostel is a pleasant, fairly small hostel adjacent to a B&B run by the same family. There is no staff just for the hostel, so to ask anything, one has to go to the B&B next door and attempt to find staff. But the family is friendly enough. The hostel is immaculately clean. The rooms are light and cheery and the kitchen and common room with tv and fireplace are welcoming. The other guests may be slightly different than the typical backpacker crowd during parts of the year, with the possibility of groups of young kids and families. But backpackers will not feel enitirely out of place.

One can't say anything bad about the location of the hostel as the island is so small everything's centrally located. To get to the hostel, get off the ferry and head to the right; you can't miss it. One of the best parts about the hostel is the wonderful Irish pub directly next door where you can listen to fabulous Irish music being played until about 2 in the morning (but don't worry, it's not loud in the hostel). Being at the pub listening to wonderful music with the Irish speaking locals of the island is an amazing experience of true Ireland.

Bru Radharc na Mara Hostel is definitely not a big party hostel, but it will probably be the cleanest hostel you'll ever stay in. It's pleasant and a great escape if you're looking for a place away from the loud and noisy hostels of the major cities. If you're looking for a great night's sleep and some down time, Inisheer and Bru Radharc na Mara Hostel are the place for you.

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October 2005
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   THE hostel to stay in on Inish Oirr Nice, casual, spotlessly clean hostel. Good facilities. Great location. Good price. Staff friendly enough. Recommend for anyone who wants to go for the quieter of the more visited Aran Islands. Beautiful beach 100m away.  , New Zealand ()
1  I visited in august 2006 and I found it to be run down and in need of a painting while the kitchen was clean and well stocked. The carpet around the hostel must be there forever. the family room had no guard on the upper bunk so unsafe for a child. The window was cracked and the bathroom window couldn't close at all. While the dorms maybe in better order, at 60 euro for a family room I would have expected better. A smile from the owner may have made a difference too. The island is a lovely place however and well worth making the effort to get out and about.  ()
5  Hard to believe it was a hostel!! It was very inviting, extremely clean, and in a convenient location. Definitely a must for hostel-goers!  ()
5  Excellent accomodations, and location on the smallest of the Aran Islands. The common room is inviting and warm with its fireplace, and the location is great-right next to a great pub. The rooms are spartan, but comfortable. Highly recommended!  ()

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