Ireland is a great place to go hostelling and lots of high quality and very affordable hostels can be found scattered all over the country. This means that even people who are on a very tight budget will be able to explore all that this picturesque country has to offer. Here are some of the best places to explore while hostelling in Ireland.

Tory Island

Tory-Island_750x541This pretty island can be found twelve kilometers from the mainland in County Donegal and can be reached by taking a ferry. In addition to striking natural beauty, Tory Island also boasts rich cultural heritage and exploring is a great way to really get the feel for the people of Ireland. There are lots of stunning walking trails to explore here, and visitors will also have the chance to spot wildlife such as birds and rabbits along the way. Art lovers will also want to make sure that they pay a visit to the Dixon Art Gallery to check out the work of local artists.

Murlough National Nature Reserve

With its spectacular views of dramatic natural features such as the enchanting ocean, sandy hills, woodland areas and the mountains, Murlough National Nature Reserve will appeal to people who have a love for nature. The main beach here is a great place to take a break while soaking up the sun and splashing around in the cool, clear water and visitors may also be lucky enough to catch the site of seals gathering on the rocks.

Dun Aengus

Visitors can take a trip to Inishmore Island to visit this prominent pre-historic fort. The fort is located on the largest of the Aran Islands and the views from the ramparts of the fort should not be missed.

Erris Peninsula

For many people, this is the most beautiful and untouched part of Ireland and disport its lonely beauty visitors will still find some great hostels to stay in here.