Mountain Ventures Hostel

Location:         Glen of Imaal, Donard

                         County Wicklow

Telephone:      (+) 353 (0) 45-404657

Mobile:            (+) 353 (0) 86-3614151  


By Road

Bus Eireann: Dublin to Waterford service (via New Ross) or Dublin to Rosslare Harbour service (via) Baltinglass). Alight at Annelecky Cross or as close to the youth hostel as possible.

Dublin to Waterford service (via New Ross) or Dublin to Rosslare Harbour service (via Baltinglass). Alight at Annelecky Cross or as close to the youth hostel as possible.

By Car or Bike

From the M50 take the Tallaght exit on the N81 and follow it all the way through Blessington. On the other side of Blessington after approx 10 mins you will see a pub called the Toll House and signposts for Donard. Take that left hand turn and continue for 3km until you reach Donard village. Take the first Left and then an immediate Right and continue for 3km until you reach Ballinclea Hostel which will be on your left hand side.




                        October-April             May - Sept.

6 bed dorm         €18.00                        €20.00

4 bed dorm         €85.00                        €95.00

Manager:    Aaron and Sue Byrne


-warm welcome

-spectacular location at the foot of Leinster’s

highest mountain, Lugnaquilla (929m)

-charming old farmhouse that has been renovated

-close to highest mountain in Wicklow

-large fireplace

-Mountain Ventures offers tailored packages

for walkers, backpackers, companies, sports

clubs, etc.

-free parking
-free WiFi

-two, four, and six bed ensuite rooms

-free pick up (Annalecky)


-horse riding

-meals available

-wonderful hot showers!

-group kitchen

-self catering

-drying rooms

-can cater up to 30 guests

-Mountaineering - for mountain skills, mountain

leader, rockclimbing or orienteering courses with

fully-qualified instructors.  All courses are run in

accordance with BOS guidelines and curriculums.

-Meal Rates for Groups:

3-course evening meal: 15.95 euros pp -

     soup, maine course, dessert, tea/coffee

full Irish breakfast -        6.95 euros pp-

     bacon, sausage, eggs, beans, toast

packed lunch:                  5.95 euros pp.

    sandwich, water, fruit, bar

continental breakfast         3.50 euros pp

    cereal, brown bread/toast, juice, tea, coffee

(groups of less can be catered for a minimum charge of 15 persons will apply for each meal

excluding packed lunches).

Things to Do:

-hill walking

-Mountain Ventures packages

-Team Challenges/Archery/Orienteering

          half-day    55 euros pp

          full-day     89 euros pp

          Minimum: 8 people

-Guided Walks/Navigation Intro Courses

          180 euros per guide per day

          110 euros per guide per half day

          Maximum: 12 persons per guide

          Exceptions made depending on group

          experience for guide/client ratio

-close to Glen of Imaal - cozy Fenton’s Pub

-explore Wicklow County - miles of old coach

roads, disused military supply lines, old bog

roads, nature trails, clean sandy strands, world-

class heritage gardens, and mountain paths used by

medieval monks.  En route are deserted settlements, forts, varied flora, rare mountain

birds, and lots of wildlife roaming free.

-visit Glendalough Monastery and Round Tower

-visit Avondale House and Forest Park

-visit Greenan Farm Museum and Maze

-visit Mount Usher Gardens

-Saint Kevin’s Coaches


-water sports

-horse riding

-visit area restaurants and pubs

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