There are lots of great backpacker hostels to choose from in Ireland that come complete with a wide range of amenities like comfortable dormitories, games rooms, shared kitchens and modern bathrooms. While these hostels can be found scattered all the way across Ireland, travelers should make sure that they book in advance, as the best establishments they tend to fill up fast. Here are some of the most exciting and interesting places in Ireland to go backpacking.

Achill Island

P1030253This picturesque island can be reached by crossing a bridge from the mainland and is one of the largest islands in the whole of Ireland. Achill Island is located in County Mayo and boasts spectacular scenery that consists of dramatic cliffs, beautiful sandy beaches, mountains and bogs. There are lots of great hiking and walking trails for visitors to follow here, while Achill Island is also a great place to practice water sports such as surfing and kayaking.

Ceide Fields

This popular backpacking destination is situated some eight kilometers to the west of the large and lovely Ballycastle in County Mayo. Visitors who take the time to explore Ceide Fields will be treated to the sight of ancient farmland and pine trees, and guided tours of the area are also available.

Glenveagh National Park

Nature lovers are sure to be in their element here and the great thing about the park is that entrance is free. In addition to following various different natural trails, people who make their way to the visitors center will be able to watch an interesting audiovisual presentation and check out the interactive displays. Glenveagh Castle can also be found here and is a great place to learn more about local history and culture after soaking up the scenery of this impressive large and lovely national park.