This is definitely one of my favourite hostels in Ireland, or anywhere in the world for that matter! The location is stunning, great for walkers and hikers, and plenty of space for children to run around and go on adventures.
The facilities are basic but ample: each of the 8-bed dorms has its own kitchenette, shower and toilet, while the smaller private dorms upstairs share bathroom and kitchen facilities. Leo can be seen cleaning and mopping all through the day, so you can be assured that everything is clean regardless of the old and slightly worn feel to the building - and the age of the building does add to it's charm!
There is a large and comfortable common room with a stereo and a selection of Irish CDs, a TV (although I never once saw anyone watch tv in the week I stayed here!), a small library, and even a couple of musical instruments waiting to be played. In is in the common room that you will often find traditional music sessions or sing songs going long into the night!
I would recommend the 8 bed dorms for a good quiet night's sleep, as the smaller rooms are located right next to the common room and can be a little noisy at night. The beds are very comfy and the sounds of the sea below will sooth you off to sleep.
The definite highlight of your stay in Dooey Hostel will you be your interactions with Mary and Leo. This mother and son team who run the hostel epitomise the reputation of the Irish as the most welcoming people in the world, and the people of rural donegal are surely Ireland's greatest ambassadors with the genuine "make yourself at home" atmosphere that they create.
Warm, entertaining, and a great conversationalist, Leo will go out of his way to make sure you feel at home and anything you ask of him is never too much trouble.
Mary is like a one-woman comedy show. It is impossible to guess her age as; while she is well passed retirement age, she is as fit as a fiddle and has the mischievous character of a schoolgirl. She is characterised by the glint in the eye, her wry smile and knockout tongue-in-cheek sense of humour, not to forget her wild-as-the-heathers hairdo, which she refers to as "my auld fekan' dreadlocks!" She is kind of lovingly eccentric granny we all dream of having, and no doubt throughout her stay she will refer to you as "a pháistí" (my dear children).
I will definitley be back to stay at Dooey Hostel
- Also Known As:
- Dooey Hostel Glencolmcille, Ireland - County Donegal