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The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

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Glenmalure Hostel (Hostelling International)

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8.9
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Good Cleanliness
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Property Description

Glenmalure Hostel in Wicklow is a simple Mountain Hut - with no running water or electricity - perfect for nature lovers who want to get away from it all. Glenmalure is a valley in the Wicklow Mountains in eastern Ireland. It is a u-shaped glacial valley, with only one road leading in or out. It is steeped in history where war, destruction and famine were seen. The Avonbeg River flows at the back of the hostel and the serenity in the area is really something special.

In 1798, the Battle of Glenmalure was fought in the valley where the mountain hut is located. While the playwright, J.M Synge owned this estate, he wrote the play 'Shadow of the Glen' which was set in the house.

Maud Gonne McBride, who inspired many of W.B. Yeats poems, also owned the house and Iseult, her daughter, lived there after her marriage. Ownership then passed to Kathleen Lynn who donated it to An Oige.

The Hostel is set in a very rural location with not much reception on mobile phones (text messages are ok) - therefore please do not arrive late and advise us of your expected time of arrival.

***No Running Water or Electricity in this property*** View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.0

  • Security 9.6

  • Location 10.0

  • Staff 9.8

  • Atmosphere 10.0

  • Cleanliness 6.8

  • Facilities 7.2


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    09 Sep 2017
    This is a great getaway cottage. It is very rustic so you have to be prepared for the lack of electricity, wifi, running water etc. But Billy is a legend and he's created such a cool place in Glenmalure. Very much enjoyed our stay!
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4

    Superb

    08 Aug 2019
    well, i knew of glenmalure hostel having visited the area with friends - but not stayed overnight - a few years ago. its a basic hostel: clean, safe, warm and dry, but with no electricity, running water, or mobile phone signal. access is limited by one road in and out, including a shallow ford/river crossing... which flooded after unusually heavy rain, trapping our vehicles for at least one extra night. nevertheless, i will be back at glenmalure again: highly recommended no frills hostel.
    Northern Ireland, Male, 41+
  • 9.1

    Superb

    03 Jun 2017
    Lovely and remote but difficult to find! Only criticism is that the loos would be better to be soil ones instead of old fashioned chemical toilets which were really disgusting. Suggestions that proper soil loos be installed and a supply of sheet sleeping bags for those who don't have their own.
    England, Female, 41+
  • 8.9

    Fabulous

    04 May 2019
    For a rustic hostel with no running water or electricity I'd give it 10/10 but for those of you who like your creature comforts then be prepared!
    Scotland, Male, 41+
  • 8.6

    Fabulous

    25 Jun 2019
    This is a hostel that is an old building without running water or electricity. Bearing that in mind, it has everything else that you need for a stay in the mountains; fridge, gas cooker, stove, beds etc. Staff were very helpful and the surroundings are it’s main attraction. I will definitely stay again when I’m back to Wicklow.
    Ireland, Couple, 31-40
  • 8.3

    Fabulous

    25 Aug 2018
    Hostel in great location, however, the toilets need to be updated asap
    Wales, Male, 41+
  • 8.3

    Fabulous

    25 Feb 2017
    Miles was a brilliant host with an amazing repertoire of local history relating the hostel building to events in Irish history. Facilities are as basic as described and there are no double beds, however I found the lack of phone reception a benefit for relaxation. The landscape and river are amazing and the access to hikes is second to none.
    Ireland, Female, 31-40
  • 8.0

    Fabulous

    05 Aug 2018
    Fab off the beaten track off grid hostel with plenty of character and caring volunteer wardens , looked after us to the last with a lifting a fire with horse clippings smouldering to keep away the bugs and setting us up with candles for the evening .we went with reasonable expectations for the toilet facilities being chemical toilets but they were beyond usable , which was fine but really should have been closed off if in that condition again rather than a vague suggestion to go ‘ au natural ‘
    Ireland, Female, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    11 Aug 2018
    Hostel warden was brilliant friendly + helpful. Kitchen needs a good clean )not the wardens fault other people were not cleaning up properly after themselves) a lot of stuff left behind by other user's needs to be dumped. Rain water collection for cleaning etc would be a good idea. Room with chemical toilets needs refurbishment. Outside bedrooms were a bit damp / mouldy. I'd suggest a fan with a solar panel to fix problem. Loads of potential but needs investment and a full time warden.
    Ireland, All Male Group, 31-40
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    14 Jul 2018
    The hostel reeks of history and warm comradeship that continues into this century. I was pleasantly surprised at the genuine welcome and it was lovely to sit out by the rushing waters of the Avonbeg river, and eat and drink and star-gaze, and then to retire into a comfortable bed with the sound of rushing water continuing throughout the night. It was quite unforgettable and I learnt a lot from the wardens about the place- its history and geology and wildlife. Many thanks for keeping this hostel
    Ireland, Female, 41+
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Facilities

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