Hostels in County DonegalHostels in County Donegal

You are looking for hostels in County Donegal? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your County Donegal hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking County Donegal.

All Cities in County Donegal

We list every single hostel in County Donegal and the world. In total, we have 17 cities in County Donegal for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All County Donegal hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in County Donegal. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking County Donegal

County Donegal is a county in the farthest northwestern corner of the Republic of Ireland. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on two sides and Northern Ireland on the third; it is only connected to the Republic by a tiny strip of land to the south, which is County Leitrim. Donegal is in the Ulster province and the Borders Region; Lifford is the county town, but the town of Letterkenny is the largest. The town of Donegal, which gave its name to the county, is a hub for music and culture although it is bypassed by the main highways. In late 2016, National Geographic Traveller ranked Donegal at its top destination for 2017.

County Donegal is steeped in Irish culture, especially from the Christian era; St. Patrick returned to Donegal after his capture by the clans and as a result, the region was one of the first to convert to Christianity. Donegal was one of the hardest hit regions during the Great Famine. Huge swaths of the population emigrated, leaving the region one of the least populated in modern Ireland. The remaining inhabitants are strongly rooted in the Gaeltacht; many older residents speak little English and in remote parts, signs are in Gaelic only.

Travellers looking for accommodation in County Donegal should look for hostels or other budget accommodation in the main town of Letterkenny. There are also hostels, guesthouses and b&bs in the small fishing town of Killybegs; for an authentic experience, consider staying in one of these. Killybegs is well-placed for ventures to some of the more remote beaches and towns in Donegal. Other good areas for hostels are the coastal regions near surf beaches.

The landscape of Donegal is vast and varied. The coastline is extensive and very rugged. Once you have your hostel sorted, explore the region and hike along one of the many trails. Experienced trampers can hike Mount Errigal, which is a 2-3 hour hike with little to no trail to follow up and along the summit ridge. The Slieve League cliffs, near Carrick, are the 6th highest sea cliffs in Europe and are much more dramatic than the more well-known Cliffs of Moher.

County Donegal is rich in both culture and outdoor pursuits and is one of the don't-miss regions in Ireland. Whatever you choose to do here, you will enjoy it!

expert for County Donegal hostels

Handwritten by local expert for County Donegal hostels Jakob Lombardi

Travel Tips for County Donegal - from the Community

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Bundoran is a beautiful area by the beach, but unfortunatly I find it a little dirty sometimes. Overall I think it's a lovely town and most of the people are sweet and kind.

FAQ on Hostels in County Donegal

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in County Donegal?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in County Donegal here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in County Donegal safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.