Hostels in County KerryHostels in County Kerry

You are looking for hostels in County Kerry? 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 Kerry 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 Kerry.

All Cities in County Kerry

We list every single hostel in County Kerry and the world. In total, we have 23 cities in County Kerry 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 Kerry 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 Kerry. 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 Kerry

Located down in the southwest of the Republic of Ireland you will find the stunning County Kerry. The majority of tourists come here to drive around and experience the Ring of Kerry. You can do this on a bus from Killarney on a day tour with a company, or you can hire a car and drive it yourself allowing you more time to see and experience the sights. The other peninsula in the area that is popular for driving is the Dingle Peninsula. Each of these will take at least a day to complete or more. Some have a preference towards the Dingle Peninsula over the Ring of Kerry saying the scenery is more stunning in the previous. But you can try both and make your own mind up!

Killarney is the major city here and you will find most of the hostels for the area here. Book in advance or you may find yourself without a hostel, especially in high season. Most of the hostels are very basic and some a little run down. However you will find some hostels around the Ring of Kerry in different towns along your way if you choose to stay on the ring overnight.

Right out of Killarney is the Killarney National Park, the best rated attraction to see in the area. From here you can start your drive down into the park and visit the Ross Castle, Muckross House, and Muckross Abbey. Or stop at the Torc Waterfall or take a hike up to the top of Torc Mountain. Continue on to Ladies View over the valley and stop off and take some photos here and of the Leprechaun's Crossing.

Make your way down through to Kenmare for lunch. The town has a cute main strip with some pubs along the way that serve great foods. Continue driving along the tiny, winding roads through to the south tip to see the Skelligs. In the summer seasons you can take a boat out to visit them. Valentia Island is also a nice stop along your way as you continue the ring. The north road has some really nice beaches to visit at Kells or Glenbeigh. And then it is back to Killarney.

If you have a full day to do so, one of the locals' favourite things to see and do in this area is to hike the Gap of Dunloe. It will take a while to drive here and the hike can take up to four or five hours. Make sure you are equipped with gear for all kinds of weather if you choose to hike this.

Along the Dingle Peninsula, most hostels are found in the quaint town of Dingle. When driving around the Wild Atlantic Way, check out the view points at Slea Head and take a ferry over to the Blasket Islands.

Whatever it is that you choose to see and do here, there is more than you will get through in a couple of days. You can take it as fast or slow as you choose, but the County Kerry is definitely worth a visit on your trip to Ireland. The scenery hands down amazing! Budget between fifteen to twenty euro a night for your hostel.

expert for County Kerry hostels

Handwritten by local expert for County Kerry hostels Globetrotter

Destination Areas

Things to do in County Kerry

So far no one of the community left a comment and travel tips for County Kerry. How about you kick off that list here? Just leave your best backpacking recommendations for County Kerry below

I visited Black Valley on my honeymoon and it is a fantastic place - real magic!!

I love Tralee. It is very cute. A lovely, calm, and quiet town.

Killarney's a good base for the Ring of Kerry, however it is the hugest tourist trap I've ever seen. Worse then Disneyworld. I suggest you visit any small town within the country and rub elbows with the farmers to experience the "real" Ireland.

Dingle is a small village with 52 pubs!

Apparently the town can be spelled Cahirciveen, Cahersiveen, or Caherciveen. Take your pick.

FAQ on Hostels in County Kerry

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 Kerry?

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 Kerry 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 Kerry 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.