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Kilronan Hostel
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Just back from a great weekend with a load of musicians. The hostel was perfect and the staff were great. Thanks for having us and looking after us so well. Would recommend anyone planning a trip with a group to book in here. 2 minute walk from the pier, clean, nice bar attached thanks again

Stayed: March 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

Had a 30th on Aran recently and found the hostel friendly and clean. The bedroom and bathrooms were clean and warm. Dave is very friendly and accommodating. The hostel is a two minute walk from the pier were the boat docks and right beside Joe Macs pub. Joe Macs is a cosy pub with brilliant service and pints. Would be happy to stay here again.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

Great hostel which is a 2 minute walk from the ferry and right next door to a brilliant pub. The host Dave couldn't have been more helpful. Excellent shared kitchen facilities and rooms have a great view out to sea. Would highly recommend!

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
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David T, General Manager at Kilronan Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Thanks for the nice review guys and please come back to see us again!
Regards,
Dave

Here is some helpful information about the hostel and the island that you may find useful to know before you come to visit:

A. An ATM is available in the supermarket – 1 minute walk from the hostel. The supermarket is open until 6pm Monday to Saturday, 5pm on Sunday.
B. Bicycle hire is available at reception for just €10 per day.
C. Continental breakfast is included in your room price and is available in our kitchen from 7am – 11am each morning.
D. Dinner can be eaten in Bayview Restaurant, Pier House, The Bar, Joe Watty’s or Óstán Árann (The Hotel). Or, of course, you can use our kitchen to cook something yourself!
E. Entertainment – relax in front of the TV, watch a DVD, play a boardgame with some other guests, read through our massive selection of books or borrow some of our sports equipment.
F. Fish and seafood are island specialities – make sure you try them if you eat in one of the restaurants!
G. Gaelic is the official language of the islands and you will hear the locals speak it – but don’t worry, everybody speaks English too!
H. Horse Riding is available on the island, just ask at reception.
I. Inis Mór is the largest of the three Aran Islands. The name literally translates as ‘big island’ and the island has a population of approximately 850 people.
J. ‘Jenny rides’ on a traditional horse and cart are available – just speak to one of the friendly men at the pier.
K. Kilronan is the main village on the island and is located directly beside the pier.
L. Location – we are in the same building as Joe Mac’s pub, in the big green building near the beach. It’s just a couple of minutes’ walk away from the pier.
M. Music in Joe Watty’s Pub most nights – just a five minute walk from the hostel.
N. Noel is our friendly tour guide and he does bus tours of the entire island for €10 per person.
O. Opening hours at the hostel are from 7am to midnight
P. Pints, pints, pints! The 3 bars on the island all have lovely Guinness, so don’t leave the island without trying it!
Q. Questions – if you need anything when you are here, please just ask! We’re here to help.
R. Rain gear is available free at reception for those who aren’t good at planning.
S. Souvenirs are available in the many craft shops beside the pier books, postcards, traditional Aran Sweaters, hats, caps and much more!
T. Towels are free, just ask at reception.
U. Uranoscopy is the official name for star-watching and with so few street lights on the island, you’re in the perfect place to enjoy the view!
V. Vincent is the basket maker on the island and he weaves wreaths and other cool stuff.
W. Wi-Fi is free in the hostel. There is no password, so just log on! If you don’t have a smartphone/laptop, we have a computer in the Living Room that you can use for free.
X. X-Rays can be taken in the Medical Centre if you fall off your horse/bike!
Y. Yawning is contagious. Who knew?!?
Z. Zzzzz – you’ll sleep like a baby after breathing the fresh Atlantic air, cycling around the island and enjoying a few pints of Guinness!

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Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

The most reasonably priced accommodation on the island and worth every cent. Beds are snug, rooms clean, sheets fresh -towels included- and the showers hot (not a guarantee everywhere on a backpacker budget). Plus Dave was awesome! Breakfasts in the morning were more than just toast and tea, a nice change, and the available full kitchen was put to good use with Spar a minute's walk up the road. Dave is more than accommodating and made us feel very welcome! This place is a gem overlooking the harbour with a bar next door, if you make it to this beautiful island make sure to stay here!

Stayed: January 2017, travelled with friends
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David T, Owner at Kilronan Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Hi there,

Thanks for your nice comments.

We are now offering FREE PRINTING at the hostel along with FREE TOWELS, FREE WI-FI, FREE BREAKFAST and FREE PASS TO DUN AONGHASA FORT (WORTH €4)!

We also have a special offer for October and November 2016: Book two nights get one extra night for FREE and also get FREE LAUNDRY SERVICE!

Regards,
Kilronan Happy Staff

JUST BOOK DIRECT THROUGH OUR WEBSITE!

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Reviewed 15 December 2016

Visited the island in late Nov 2016 and after a long and sunny day biking around the island I had a powerful thirst and about 40 min before the ferry sailed back to Galway. Upon returning my bike I asked the proprietor what bar was still open in this low season he pointed up to the Tigh Joe Mac Bar.

Inside I found a group of locals, all speaking Irish. A nice fire burned in the hearth and the Guinness and Powers Irish whiskey hit the spot.

Very cozy on a cold day.

  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Kilronan Hostel

Address: Kilronan Village, Inis Mor, Province of Connacht, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Aran Islands > Inishmore
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Inishmore
Price Range: €38 - €59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located directly beside the pier on Inis Mor, Kilronan Hostel is the perfect place to stay to enjoy the magic of the Aran Islands. With stunning views of Kilronan Harbour and the Atlantic Ocean, our hostel is a stress-free zone where you can really feel at home! At Kilronan Hostel, comfort and cleanliness are our priorities. We have small dorms, all en-suite, meaning you can stay in comfort at a very reasonable price. We have a spacious and well-equipped kitchen which is open all day for your use, as well as a cosy TV room and a fantastic outdoor seating and BBQ area. Less than 5 minutes' walk to the supermarket and ATM and all the best local pubs and restaurants, we have free Wi-Fi throughout the hostel and all rates include breakfast, towels and free tea/coffee all day long. ************************************************************************ Please be aware that we cannot accept credit/debit card payments at this moment in time, so make sure to bring enough cash with you as the ATM is only accessible between 9am and 6pm! ... more   less 
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Kilronan Hostel Aran Islands/Inishmore

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