24 HOURS AT ROWAN TREE HOSTEL
So you’re sitting half-way across the world, planning your great Irish experience and all the magic that awaits? Or perhaps your family is planning an outdoor adventure and beautiful, historical Clare has made your list of ‘must see’ places? Rowan Tree Hostel is catching your eye – offering superb-quality accommodation at an amazing value-for-money price… So what should you expect? What might a day in the life of Rowan Tree Hostel look like? Well, try this for size...
Whether you’re part of a tour or making your own way here, you’ll love your first sight of Rowan Tree. As you make your way through the historic, winding centre of medieval Ennis, you’ll find us tucked into the beautiful bend of the river, and you may even be treated to a welcoming pageant from our resident ducks and swans! As soon as you arrive you’ll feel the incredibly warm atmosphere that is the spirit of Rowan Tree. Hostel people are sociable people – and whether are guests come from Germany, the States, Australia or New Zealand – they bring energy and excitement with them.
Checking into your room will be one of your greatest surprises in store - because Rowan Tree is definitely NOT your typical hostel! You’ll love the history of our beautiful old building that dates back to 1740 when it was an elegant gentleman’s club. We’re really proud of our rooms too! Spacious, ultra-clean and comfortable, many have been newly-decorated and we have double, twin and multi-bed rooms to choose from, many with en suite bathrooms. We also have dorms, which sleep up to 14 people.
If you’re arriving around lunch-time, it’s a great time to sample our sister restaurant, the Rowan Tree Cafe Bar. This little gem is all about ‘putting the heart into home-grown’ – and enjoying delicious, traditional food prepared from the freshest local ingredients, with a creative spin. So be sure to join us for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch.
After lunch, perhaps explore the town a little. The Hostel is perfectly positioned within walking distance of everything - from historical sights and cultural attractions to boutique shopping and lively nightlife. Then of course, if you’re coming to this part of the world, the Cliffs of Moher will definitely be on your ‘to do’ list. The Bus Eireann is a convenient way to get there and there are many ways to view the Cliffs’ natural wonder, stretching for 8 km along the coastline and reaching a height of 214 metres. You could choose to follow the cliff-top walking trail from Doolin to Liscannor, then take the shuttle bus back to Doolin. If you prefer, you could take a 360 degree ferry ride around the Cliffs, and view their splendour from the water.
Back in Ennis, why not wind the day down with some relaxing yoga – a regular feature at our hostel on a Tuesday and Thursday, or enjoy a game of pool in our entertainment room. For your evening meal, if you’d rather eat in you’ll love the hostel’s own self-catering kitchen – superbly-equipped and clean and like the rest of the Hostel, it is of a very high standard. Afterwards, wander through town and enjoy a pint of the Black Stuff and a traditional music session at one of the many town bars and pubs. And whether you’re into rock, pop or a lively bit of pub quiz – it’s all here, with just an easy stroll back to the Hostel.
Before turning in for the night, there’s just time to perhaps pack a picnic in the Hostel kitchen, ready for the next day’s outing. Then it’s sweet dreams till tomorrow – when another adventure awaits!