The Skylark’s Rest Hostel

Location:     Lough Dan Road

                     just outside Roundwood Village

                     in the heart of Wicklow hills

                     County Wicklow

                     (2km from Wicklow Way)

Directions:   Click HERE for directions

Phone:        +353 (0) 87-0910342 



Contact:       Sinead

Open Times:     March-October

Check-In Times:


The Skylark’s Hostel is a small hostel

(maximum occupancy is 14); however there is a range of different room layouts to accommodate individuals, couples, families, and small groups.  They have minimized the use of bunk beds to make your stay more comfortable.  There are only two bunk beds.

-twin or double rooms

-four-bed dorms; and

-family rooms with a combination of

double and single beds

As the hostel is relatively small it is best

to book in advance to ensure availability. 

The Skylark’s Rest is an ideal accommodation option for small groups

and club outings.  They’ve had a range of groups book in with them, including

book clubs, mountain biking groups, and

hill-walking clubs.  Full hostel rental is

also possible for groups.  Please contact the hostel to discuss your group’s needs

or get further information on full hostel rental.


- clean, comfortable accommodations

- relaxed atmosphere

- Gear drying available

- Road bicycle hire available    `

  1. -Storage area for bicycles and other 


- Luggage storage

  1. -on route of St. Kevin’s Bus which operates

  a twice daily service to and from Dublin  


- Selection of games and books 

- Hair care set (hair dryer, hair

   straightener and curling iron) available

   on request

-  High chairs and cots available on request

-  All bed linen and bed clothes provided

-  Fully equipped, modern self catering


-  Complimentary tea and coffee all day 

-  Complimentary light breakfast of tea/

    coffee, fruit juice, cereal and toast 

  1. - Spacious, comfortable lounge with an  

   open fire

  1. - Information on the range of local

   activities and attractions 

-  Outdoor seating areas

-  500 metres from village of Roundwood

    where you will find local shops, a

    pharmacy, restaurants, pubs, and fast-

    food take-away, ATM inside Centra

    Supermarket, and a beauty salon.


Per person rates start at 22 euros and they offer a discount for children and

teenagers traveling in the company of

their parents/guardians.

Groups and full hostel rental available.  The

Skylark’s rest is an ideal accommodation

option for small groups and club outings.

A range of groups have booked with The

Skylark’s Rest including book clubs,

mountain biking groups and hill-walking

clubs.  Full hostel rental is also possible

for your group.

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Things To Do:

-enjoy a walk on the Wicklow Way,

a popular 127 km self-guided walking

trail, which passes just 2 km from

The Skylark’s Rest. (a baggage transfer service operates the length of the Wicklow Way)

-enjoy wide range of other local walks

from the leisurely to the more challenging hillwalking routes that are easily accessible from The Skylark’s Rest, including walks around Lough Dan and Luggala.

-visit Glendalough (10 km) and enjoy

some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland.  Visit historic sites and enjoy network of way-marked trails and walks around Glendalough.

-enjoy live music in the Roundwood

many nights a week  (check

www.  for calendar of events)

-enjoy bicycling around the area.

The Skylark’s Rest has road bikes

for hire.  Ballinastoe Mountain Bike Trail is a 14 km network of purpose-built mountain bike trails is 5 km from

the hostel

-enjoy lessons about mountain biking

and rent mountain bikes from local providers,

-go angling for brown trout (by artificial fly only) on the shores of the

Lower Varty Reservoir in Roundwood

(March 1-Oct. 12).  A permit is issued

from Varty Waterworks located beside the lower reservoir.  For further information, contact 01-2818368 or


  1. -enjoy relaxing fishing on a peaceful

4-acre fly fishing lake on the banks of

the Avonmore River at nearby

Annamoe Trout Fishery.  All equipment and accessories can be hired at the fishery.  Casting tuition can also be arranged.

  1. -enjoy horseback riding at Tomdarragh Equestrian with their

team of qualified BHS instructors

who offer treks and lessons on a group or individual basis

-enjoy rock climbing nearby at places

such as Lough Dan, Luggala, and


-enjoy golf at the three local golf courses:

Ballinastoe Golf Club - nine-hole golf

course 5 km from hostel, just across the road from Ballinastoe Mountain Bike Trail

Djouce Golf Club - nine-hole golf course 5km from The Skylark’s Rest on the R755 road to Bray.

Roundwood Golf Club - eighteen-hole

course on the R765 road to nearby


-enjoy shooting lessons, clay shooting, rifle shooting, and archery at Hilltop

Shooting Club

-enjoy paintball games at Skirmish

Paintball - a thirty-acre forest with six

purpose built paintball game areas

-visit Powerscourt Estate

-visit Mount Usher Gardens

-enjoy Clara Lara Fun Park

-visit Glenroe Farm

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