Go Explore Hostel, Clare Island

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Welcome to "Go Explore Hostel". We are a newly renovated budget hostel on one of Ireland's most beautiful and interesting westerly islands called Clare Island. Go Explore Hostel is located in the House of the O'Donnels, landlords of the Clew Bay area in the mid 1800's, on top of a small cliff surrounded by open Atlantic waters. Purpose built in 2011, Go Explore Hostel has all modern facilities and hosts a in-house traditional bar with traditional music, dancing, food and craic

"Go Explore Hostel" is a family run hostel offering a warm Irish welcome to all our visitors. In developing Go Explore Hostel we endeavoured to create a warm communal space to allow for easy interaction between guests. Go Explore Hostel is an ideal place to meet friends along the way or just make new ones.

Guests can relax in our chill out area which is split into two rooms. The back room has a large fire dating around 1840's with comfy couches, TV, DVD's, books, games and internet. The front room is for total relaxation with large floor to ceiling windows spanning stunning views across the sea to the mainland.

We have a large communal kitchen and dining room which opens out onto a private outside area for Go Explore Hostel guests to take in the late evening sun which comes down the valley behind the hostel.

Go Explore Hostel has an in-house bar which serves traditional home cooked Irish food for lunch and dinner. Breakfast can be arranged for groups. Here on the right nigh guests can listen to traditional Irish music and partake in an Irish set dance if brave enough and enjoy a cool pint of Guinness while chatting with the locals.

Go Explore hostel has class room facilities for groups who wish use them. We also have an in-house Archaeologist who conducts educational guided walks based on Clare Island’s unique landscapes while telling you tales of Piracy and Plunder of which Clare Island’s history is abound. We also have an association with an Outdoor Activity Company providing activities such as sea kayaking, archery and many more. We can arrange for sea angling / scenic boat trips around the island on board Restorick for groups made up of individual hostel guests.

Go Explore Hostel extends a warm welcome to you.

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Location and Contact


• Go Explore Hostel, Capnagower, Clare Island, Westport, County Mayo.
• Go Explore Hostel is located on a small cliff face 10 minutes walk along the beach from the Clare Island Harbour where the ferry lands. It is 30 minutes walk from the Clare Island Yoga Retreat along the north road and 25 minutes walk from the shop, church and abbey along the west road.
• By Bus;
• Bus Eireann - Ireland West Airport, Knock, County Mayo (€7.60 single adult) or Dublin Airport, Dublin (€13.50 single adult) to Westport, Co Mayo, Ireland
• Clare Island Ferry Company Bus, Westport Town to Roonagh Harbour (€12 return)
• Clare Island Ferry Company Ferry, Roonagh Harbour to Clare Island (€15 return)



Address: Westport, Clare Island, County Mayo, Ireland

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Website Go Explore Hostel Clare Island www.goexplorehostel.ie
Phone Number: +3539826307
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Party Hostel

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller



Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage


Pub Crawls

Safe Deposit Box

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental


Towels (2)


Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking



Hot Showers

Jobs/Work Available



Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Movie Library/Rental

Outdoor Seating

Pool Table

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms


Airport Pickup

Lockers in Rooms

Wheelchair Accessible

Wi-Fi in Rooms


Genders: Males & Females

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): 16

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 18

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: June - September

Reception Hours: 0800

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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