Farmer, activist, writer and thinker, Wendell Berry said “If you don't know where you're from, you'll have a hard time saying where you're going.” At Rowan Tree Hostel, we’re lucky enough to meet backpackers and adventurers who totally get this way of thinking: a sense of ‘knowing’, and just being comfortable with who they are and where they’re headed in life. And it’s a concept that rings true for us hostel team members too! We’ve come a long way in the past year, and its learning from all the great things that have happened that is helping us shape an even bigger and better 2017!
Without a doubt, globally, this year has been an interesting one! This time last year who knew what would lie ahead? And just as we’re sure you’re doing, we at Rowan Tree Hostel are using the last bit of 2016 to reflect on what we’ve achieved in the past months. It’s been a year full of new meetings and happy greetings, visitors new and old, new successes and goals reached. 2016 saw our town playing host to the Fleadh Cheoil nah Éireann – and we’re ready to do it all again next year! (Have you booked with us yet?) We’re also really excited that more and more people are starting to discover that for touring in the West of Ireland, all roads lead to Ennis – making it the ideal central base for exploring the region. We’ve had festival after festival, Trad Week and more – and Rowan Tree Hostel has been at the centre of it all, offering accommodation of the highest quality standard at true value-for-money rates.
Right now, we’re topping off a great year with an exciting new addition to our hostel line-up: We have partnered with the dynamic yoga teacher, Sarah Downes of Power Yoga – who is now offering fun and energetic Vinyasa ‘Flow’ style yoga from a comfortable and relaxing studio at the Hostel. Sarah is a backpacker herself, so she knows the importance of feeling grounded when you’re on the move – and her classes are the perfect way to really make sure you relax and chill-out on your travels. A quick tip! Her classes are very popular – so to make sure you don’t lose out, just call us in advance of your visit and we’ll make you a booking.
On that note, now is also a good time to start thinking about your accommodation booking for next year – especially if you are travelling as a group. We’re already getting lots of group enquiries for throughout 2017, so to make sure you can secure the dates you want, just send us an email or call us.
To add even more value to your time with us, we’re busy looking at introducing a range of exciting, fun and entertaining facilities and activities at Rowan Tree Hostel – the kind of thing you might want to experience during your time in Ireland. It could be a foodie class to learn how to bake traditional Irish bread… perhaps an Irish movie and pizza evening! We’re looking at developing a programme with something different on each day of the week and we’ll be letting you know details very soon!
So for the year that was and all the lies ahead – we thank you for your support and wish you everything of the very best for the festive season and new year. We look forward to welcoming you at the Hostel soon!