Black Valley Youth Hostel
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Beaufort, Killarney, Kerry, Republic of Ireland
Black Valley Youth Hostel is a favourite with hikers and cyclists on the famous Kerry Way. This corner of Ireland is truly breath-taking and very popular with Irish and international tourists alike due to its beauty, which needs to be seen.
It is said that Black Valley got its name from the fact that it was one of the last places in Ireland to get electricity. It may not be true but it is certainly a beautiful spot that is in a world of its own in this relatively untouched and remote part of Ireland.
In summer it springs into life with horse-drawn tours through the narrow Gap of Dunloe from Kate Kearney’s Cottage and it’s a very popular spot for hikers, cyclists and horse-riders who tour the area admiring its natural beauty.
Black Valley Youth Hostel is located approx 12km (8 miles) from the small Beaufort village and perfectly situated for many off-the-beaten-track activities.
Located on the Kerry Way, the Macgillycuddy Reeks of with Carrauntoohil is the highest mountain in Ireland, can be easily reached from the hostel which invites a challenge to all hikers and hill-walkers. The hostel is just 2km (1¼ miles) from Killarney National Park, now home to the white tailed Sea Eagles.
This 42 bedded hostel is a modern hostel with a TV room with an open fireplace for relaxing in the evenings and self-catering kitchen. You can order a light breakfast at the hostel (€4.50) and meals are also available on request. There is a fully stocked self-catering kitchen for the use of guests and also a shop at the front of the hostel to provide you with your basic supplies.
Family rooms and en-suite twin rooms are also available at the Black Valley Youth Hostel and the ever-friendly manager, Susan, can give you plenty of information on walking routes in the area. There is free parking for guests and if you miss your technology, there is free wifi also.
Its stunning location makes this hostel particularly special for any visitors looking to discover the natural beauty and serenity of rural Ireland. You can enjoy the spectacular scenery while horse-riding at the nearby Gap of Dunloe or fishing and boating in the Upper Lakes of Killarney and with the hostel's outdoor BBQ area; you can cook what you catch.
If you prefer to explore a little further, the hostel is also a great base to stay and drive the Ring of Kerry, Beara Peninsula and Dingle Peninsula. It is an area of Ireland you will not want to leave and you will never forget your experience, make sure you get to see it from the perfectly located Black Valley Youth Hostel.