Black Sheep Hostel Killarney
– Eco Adventure Hostel-

The Black Sheep Hostel KillarneyThis recently renovated, 19th century townhouse is run by a mixture of globetrotters and locals. It’s like a home away from home. Between the knowledge and experience of our Killarney natives and our multi-national Black Sheep team you will not be left short of ideas for what to see and do while in Killarney.

Situated on a quiet street just one minute walk from Killarney National Park and one minute walk from Killarney town centre you don’t have far to go for outdoor activities, live entertainment or a lovely pint.

We’ll help you organise trips around Kerry such as boat trips on Killarney’s lakes, guided walks up the highest mountain in Ireland, bus tours around the famous Ring of Kerry and much more. Here you can also get in-depth advice on many walks, treks and cycles in Killarney and Kerry.

Inside our hostel we’ve got the fire on for you in the evening if it’s cold in our super-cosy living room complete with communal guitar, chess board, games, record player and book-share shelf. There’s a fully equipped and homely kitchen with free pasta for the hungry, budget traveller. Then sleep sound in the timber built, pod style beds with your own light, power point, locker space and privacy curtain.

Breakfast is included and consists of fruit, toast, tea, coffee, a selection of jams and spreads, yogurt and cereal; and, if you’re lucky, eggs from our chickens.

If you prefer to take it easy you can just chill in the hammock with our ultra-cool hostel dog BOB! He is usually found pottering around our organic vegetable garden trying to figure out where he buried his bone.





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Contact Us

Staff will be here from 8 AM to 9 PM. If you would like to talk to a member of staff please call: +353 64 663 8746 or you can email us @ [email protected] or simply fill out the online form below.

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Skellig Michael

Skellig Michael (Irish: Sceilig Mhichíl), or Great Skellig (Irish: Sceilig Mhór), is the larger of the two Skellig Islands, 11.6 kilometres (7.2 mi) west of the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. A Christian monastery was founded on the island at some point between the 6th and 8th century and remained continuously occupied until it was abandoned in the late 12th century.

If you’ve seen Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and now know the story behind this amazing site, you’ll surely want to visit! Access to the Skelligs is by ferry from the town of Portmagee. A number of boat tours make the trip from May to September (weather permitting); see Skellig Michael Cruises, Skellig Boat Trips, Casey’s, Owen Walsh, Sea Quest, Skellig Trips and Skellig Tours (which departs from Derrynane Harbour). You’ll find contact details for many of the individual boatmen here. The trip takes approximately 45 minutes, but be sure to book well in advance. The surrounding area on the mainland is also well worth a visit – the Skellig Ring (part of the greater Ring of Kerry route) runs along the coast and offers fabulous views of the crashing Atlantic and the Skellig Islands, as does Bray Head, one of Wild Atlantic Way’s Signature Points.

Black Sheep Hostel Killarney - Skellig Micheal

Walks and Treks

The Kerry Way

Distance: 200+ km | Ascent: 4,000+ m | Time: 8+ Days

The Kerry Way covers a wide variety of terrain, from the firm footing of tarmac roads to more rugged sections out on wild mountainous countryside. The trail follows small roads commonly known to the Irish as ‘boreens’, long-abandoned coach roads and mass paths that are now overgrown with grass but nonetheless quite firm underfoot. There are also sections that cross through forestry, national parks and farmland which can get quite boggy in places.

Anyone setting out to walk a long distance trail such as The Kerry Way is embarking on a serious test of physical endurance. Our Walking Advice contains some useful safety tips and pointers and we strongly recommend that everyone considering embarking on this walk should spend a few moments to read them and incorporate them in their pre-hike planning.

Torc Mountain

Distance: 8 km | Ascent: 535  M | Time: 2+ Hours

Torc Mountain is an extremely popular and scenic moderate 2-2.5 hour (7.5 km) walking route to the summit of Torc Mountain (535m) with spectacular 360 degree views of Killarney town and lakes, Muckross House, the Killarney National Park and the McGillicuddy’s Reeks, County Kerry in the south west of Ireland.  This walk starts from the upper Torc Mountain car park which is also the starting point for the Old Kenmare Road Walk, a stage of The Kerry Way, Mangerton Mountain and other smaller loop walks in the area. From Killarney, continue approx 5miles / 8km before turning left on the road signed for the ‘Old Kenmare Road’ just before you get to the Torc Waterfall car park itself (see the map). The famous Torc Waterfall is at the base of Torc Mountain off the main Ring of Kerry Road about 5 miles (8.0 km) from Killarney.

Even though the summit is 525m, this walk is very popular as it is accessible to almost anyone due to the clear paths and wooden sleepers on the mountain. I brought my son when he was age 2 to the summit of Torc using a backpack but he decided to walk the majority of the way on the wooden sleepers. If you try this take care as the sleepers can be over a foot off ground level at some points and can be a little slippery when wet.

Mangerton Mountain


Mangerton Mountain is a moderate 4 to 5 hour hour (10 km) walking route to the summit of Mangerton (839m) taking in the wonderful Devils Punchbowl lake near the summit and passing the Tooreencormick Battle Field Site near Killarney, County Kerry in the south west of Ireland. It is a relatively gentle climb to the summit and should be no problem to most of reasonable fitness and is one of the most accessible mountains over 800m in Ireland. The walk has spectacular views of the Devil’s Punchbowl, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Horses Glen, Killarney National Park and on a good day south west to Kenmare Bay. Mangerton Mountain may only be in the top 30 highest mountain in Ireland but the area of the mountains southern slopes form a huge plateau, one of the most extensive areas of mountain wilderness in Ireland stretching 13km from Killarney to Kenmare.



Kenmare to Killarney or vice versa is known as the Old Kenmare Road. This is a moderate to strenuous 5 to 8 hour (24 km) walking route through amazing scenery and the Killarney National Park and has a number of steep and steady climbs and descents. A shorter 9km (3 hour) section of this stage from Torc Waterfall to Galways Bridge is also popular.

It is probably one of the most popular stages of the Kerry Way. Starting from Kenmare is follows a well worn path between Peakeen and Knockanaguish Mountains into the Windy Gap with superb views of the MacGillicuddy Reeks Mountains. From there it passes Mangerton Mountain, Torc Mountain and Waterfall and finally Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farm.

Cycle Routes

Killarney National Park Loop

Distance: 28 km | Ascent: 206 m | Time: 3 Hours

This easy cycle goes through the best of Killarney National Park – much of it is on narrow but well-paved traffic-free paths. You will share it with walkers and horses, so it might be a little slow, but it is so beautiful around  that you are unlikely to mind.

This route takes you past most of the great locations and sights of the national park, such as Ross Castle, Dinis Cotttage and Muckross House. Torc Waterfall is also only a small detour of the main loop.

The Gap of Dunloe

Distance: 22 km | Ascent: 550+ m | Time: 4+ Hours

The Gap of Dunloe, starts at at Kate Kearney’s Cottage, heading up the gap to the Head of the Gap, on to Lord Brandon’s Cottage, hop on a Boat with Bike travel 22 KM’s to Ross Castle. or alternately go to Moll’s Gap, Ladies View and Muckross House by road.

Mountain Climbing in Kerry

The MacGillycuddy Reeks of Kerry

The MacGillycuddy Reeks of Kerry are Ireland’s highest mountains and include the only three peaks in Ireland over 1000 metres, Corrán Tuathail at a lofty 1039 metres, Binn Chaorach at 1010mtrs and Caher standing at 1001 metres.

We are the leading provider of guided ascents of Carrauntoohil (translated from the Gaelic “Corrán Tuathail” meaning: “Inverted Sickle” or “Tuathails Serated Sickle”) and of the other numerous routes in the magnificent MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.

On the day of your climb we will provide you with a qualified & highly experienced mountain guide who will share a wealth of information on the history, geology, flora and fauna, along with lots of entertaining & interesting tales from these mountains, gained through many years spent climbing their slopes along with all important local knowledge. You will be given assistance, encouragement and guidance and will never have to worry about navigation or route finding. Any ascent of Ireland’s highest mountain is a tough challenge requiring a good level of fitness enabling you to hike in mountainous terrain for 6 hours+.

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Gap Of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours

Gap Of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours

For 250 years the most famous visitor excursion in Ireland… the O’Donoghue brothers have a long tradition of boating experience passed down through generations on the Lakes of Killarney.

A mini adventure for young and old through Ireland’s Lake District. You can travel by boat through the majestic Lakes of Killarney and the National Park, during which you can enjoy the huge natural oak woodlands of the Upper Lake and the Old Weir Bridge, where the boat may be able to ‘Shoot the rapids’. This leads you to the meeting of the waters, where the three lakes join.

Then under the Toothache Bridge into the Middle Lake, where you can see Torc mountain and the Colleen Bawn Rock. You may be lucky on the day to catch a glimpse of the White Tailed Eagles soaring over the mountains.

Under the Brickeen Bridge and into the Lower Lake where you can see Innisfallen Island, and in the distance Ross Castle – an ancient seat of the O’Donoghue Clan, where the tour finishes.

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The Ring of Kerry Coach Tour

The Magical Ring of Kerry Coach Tour

An essential part of any visit to Ireland, this coach tour circles the magnificent MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range (Irish: Na Cruacha Dubha, meaning “the black stacks”). Extending to just over 19 km (12 miles), it includes the highest peaks in Ireland and the only peaks on the island that are over 1,000 metres (3,300 ft). The highest of these is Corrán Tuathail or Carrauntoohil (1,038 m), followed by Binn Chaorach (1,010 m) and Cathair na Féinne (1,001 m). The range also includes many other peaks of over 2,000 feet. The mountains are comprised of glacial-carved sandstone and are on the Iveragh Peninsula near the Lakes of Killarney. here is an unspoilt nature to Ireland’s most beautiful region and the Ring of Kerry provides many unforgettable scenes to commit to memory as it passes through the many picturesque villages such as Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem, and returns via Ladies View, the famous Lakes of Killarney and through the Oakwoods of Killarney’s magnificent National Park.

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Dingle Peninsula Coach Tour

Dingle Peninsula & Slea Head

The Dingle Peninsula has the most rugged coastline in Ireland and is scattered with ancient huts and historic buildings such as the Kilmalkeadar Church which is a stop on the tour.

A great deal of traditional Irish heritage is maintained in this Irish-speaking (Gaelic) region (a Gaeltacht), including traditional music art and crafts.

Considered by many to have some of Europe’s most spectacular scenery, the peninsula also supports both a rare and unique assortment of flora and fauna. Slea Head is the most westerly point in Europe and standing there, looking towards America, instils a feeling of excitement and empathy with the millions of emigrants who took this route.

There are splendid views around Slea Head, especially of the Blasket Islands and the scattered rocks which are all part of an exploded volcanic area.

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What is The Black Sheep?

It is a new  Eco adventure hostel run by a young couple of adventurous back packers.  Our friendly staff will be only too happy to help you with arrange your sight seeing and activities when you stay with us.

Is there breakfast included?

Yes we include a self service breakfast every morning between 8am and 10.30am. Various breakfast cereal, jams, fruit, bread and eggs from our chickens are available.

Will the black sheep hostel organise my adventure tours for me?

Yes, we can book activities to suit your needs. Whether you require high adrenaline activities like coasteering or climbing or you wish to relax with meditation and yoga we will arrange this for you.

What time is check in?

Check in is between 2pm and 9pm .

What time is check out?

Check out is at 11am. This means you need to be out of your room by 11am. You may still use the hostel facilities for the rest of the day.

Does The Black Sheep have WiFi?

Yes high speed fibre broadband is available throughout the hostel. Please ask at reception for WiFi password.

Can I store my bags at the black sheep hostel?

Yes we will keep your bag in a secure lock up.

Is there a drying room at the black sheep hostel?

Yes you can dry you wet trekking boots in our drying room.

Is the hostel wheel chair friendly?

Yes we have a disabled access facility on the ground floor.

Is there parking at the black sheep hostel?

There is street parking outside the hostel by night and a free public car park just 1 minute walk from the hostel. Motor bikes may be pulled into the hostel lane.

Who is Bob?

Bob is the dog, he’s travelled around the world 9 times!