Old Monastery Hostel | Independent hostel with old world charm at Connemara National Park
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The Old Monastery Hostel opened in 1990 and since that time has built up a well deserved reputation for warmth and hospitality.

The owner, Stephen Gannon, has created a relaxed and cosy atmosphere in a rambling country house originally built by Quakers in the 1840’s. A collection of artworks created by guests adorns the hallway; the spacious self catering kitchen adjoins a comfortable living room with couches beside the open fire for cuddling up on, candles on the mantelpiece and a majestic view over the village of Letterfrack towards Tully Mountain and out across the sea to Inish Bofin.


At the Old Monastery we believe in offering to others the kind of welcome and ambience that we ourselves would like to receive on our travels, So! The door is always open, The fire is always burning and the kettle is always boiling.

We believe in green travel, low impact tourism. We practice reusage, recycling, upcycling and in keeping with our green agenda we minimise our dependence on non renewables. We are truly bohemian in spirit with a uniqueness that comes with an independent approach to hospitality. Our mission is to sustain a home for travellers where everyone is a friend not just to us but to each other, A place where coming together is normal whether it’s at the breakfast/dinner table, sitting around the fire, or hiking in the mountains.


 See what we are all about.
  • Walking the Famine Road

    «  Sheep, sun and sea for a nice afternoon walk along Killary Harbour. Starting at the Old Monastery Hostel, three of our volunteers went  hitch-hiking to the Killary Fjord  to discover a part of Connemara’s beauty. » read more about this walk here: http://www.pat-mors-cottage.com/killary-harbour-coastal-walk.html...

  • Times of the sign

    Moments Don´t seek an elaborate sign pointing here Don´t even look for one that is bright and clear with freshly laid colors, or one just plain but prominently displayed:                                ......

  • Wanna be there??

      May 22nd – June 1st 2015 Conamara Bog Week is a  celebration of all that is magical about the Conamara landscape. The festival celebrated it’s 30th birthday in 2014 and has grown to be a wonderful and unique festival with something to interest all......