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 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.
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
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