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Sheep Island View Hostel and Conference Center
Dublin, Ireland
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“There is no better place in Antrim!”
Reviewed 7 May 2010

What can I say. It's perfect located, cheap, and very friendly hostel. We took ensuite, and was just enough. Nothing special, but nothing bad. View is brilliant, and local pubs just perfect. Sheamus is one of the best old time singers I ever heard, and I mean it. So just go there and take a pint of Guinness and just hear it.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with friends
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bnkimbe
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Reviewed 17 January 2010

We arrived well after the sun had set, and drove to the front of the main house where we could spy a white-haired man napping on his couch in front of the TV. We tapped, and he didn't stir. Finally, he came to greet us with the friendliest demeanor we could expect for such a late arrival. His daughter showed us to our room where our friends were waiting, and we had the whole place to ourselves (apparently, the chilly December weather scares off tourists). We had to drive 10 minutes to Ballycastle for food, but the pub in Ballintoy offered creamy Guinness and an opportunity to spy on the locals. We woke the next morning to a spectacular view of the Northern Irish coast, green grass, and lots of woolly sheep. We drove to Giant's Causeway, took a trek to the famous rope bridge, and our friends visited the whiskey distillery in Ballycastle. It was magnificent. I highly recommend this hostel for a comfy, quiet stay in the off-season, and Shamus will really brighten your day if you find the opportunity to bump into him. Cheers!

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 30 November 2009

My boyfriend and I stayed there for 1 night. We drove to the hostel after it became dark, and were pleasantly surprised the next morning when we walked out of the hostel. The view from the front is amazing. We had never seen such beautiful hills and sparkling sea. Also, the location of the hostel was great. It was minutes away from the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. It is also a great place to stay for a visit to the Giant’s Causeway. We were given a private room with a bathroom, although we only paid for 2 beds in a dorm room. The only negative, it offered no breakfast.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Houston Texas
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2009

Bring your own food. (There is a large Tesco (like a Walmart) near Ballymear just south of Ballycastle.) No good restaurants in town according to others in town. You can get some expensive simple foods at one of the pubs. Great kitchen for cooking and a large TV room to relax. Staff does not expect you to check in before 5 pm and may not accommodate you until then. Staff is generally "not there" at all. I waited an hour to find someone to check in. However, it was off season and it was a rainy day so I didn't think they were unreasonable. For 12 pounds ($24 American or $16 Euro, I would have expected linens or a breakfast. No linens other than the mattress liner and the quilt. No breakfast even though my reservation stated otherwise. Ample and safe off street parking. Clean. Very quiet. Good views. Spacious. Close to the Giant Causeways and the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. There were other hostels in town. If you don't need parking, you may check them out first.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled solo
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Craigavon, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 19 July 2009

This is my 3rd time staying at this hostel, and this time i brought my mother with us, Shamus and Josy are first class hosts,friendly , accommodating, couldn't do enough for you. We stayed in the "house", very pleased with rooms, kitchen large to accommodate a lot of guests. My mum(74-yold) was that pleased with the hostel she wants to come back on her own!!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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melbourne, australia
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59 reviews
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Reviewed 10 November 2008

This is such a gorgeous little (very little) village. The Causeway rambler stops right out the front of the hostel so makes it extremly easy to get to both carrick a rede rope bridge (just up the hill) and the giants causeway (about 15 min away). the beds were sufficient and the ensuite in the room was a nice bonus (shame there was not much space for the shower, you had to stand sideways or the shower curain would cling to you).
there are a couple of nice little pubs on the main street to eat at.
the kitchen facilities at sheepsview were fantastic - however we did not know that there was no supermarket or even corner store to buy any food to self cater (a little dissapointing) and they dont provide any meals.
Great location for a family to stay.

really enjoyed this place just be aware - no laundry, no internet and no supermarkets.

  • Liked — location to tourist features
  • Disliked — lack of facilities and no shops for food supplies.
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with friends
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vienna
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76 reviews
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Reviewed 9 August 2008

this hostel is a wonderful house, with a friendly and helpfull stuff and the place is great, and the price is absolutely OK!!!

its like at home- we stayed for two nights- one was cold, rainy and stormy, the other was sunny, hot and wonderful weather.

You can heat the living room with open fire by your own, if necessary and the rooms are wonderful, nice furnished and light.

the showerd did not work, but there are other showers for the big sleeping rooms, you can use this and they are clean and hot!

A rally nice place!!

  • Stayed August 2008
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Property: Sheep Island View Hostel and Conference Center
Address: 42A Main Street | Ballintoy, Ballycastle BT54 6LX, Northern Ireland
Region: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Antrim > Ballycastle
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Ranked #5 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Ballycastle
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Number of rooms: 23
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