Highlands of Scotland
St Johns, East Mey, Thurso, Caithness KW14 8XL
Highland Have,East May, is the mainland's most northerly hostel. Affordable & luxurious BB's enjoys magnificent views over to Orkney, John O' Groats & Dunnet Head. On the North Coast 500 and ideal for walking, cycling, surfing & stargazing. Gill's Bay ferry to Orkney & Castle of Mey are closeby.
Sanachan Bunkhouse, Kishorn, Strathcarron, Ross-shire, IV54 8XA
Sanachan Bunkhouse, in Kishorn, is the perfect base for walking, climbing, kayaking, cycling & sailing in Wester Ross, Strathcarron. After a fun filled day, return to a warm fire, comfy bunks, hot showers and simple living. There is parking for 6 cars, beds for 15 and well equipped self-catering.
Back Green, Portsoy, AB45 2AF
Overlooking the beach & the Moray Firth, The Sail Loft bunkhouse in Portsoy has a stunning location. Newly converted from a sail making loft the bunkhouse is modern & well equipped. A short easy walk from the historic harbour & town of Portsoy. The bunkhouse welcomes individuals, families & groups.
Station Road, Nethy Bridge, PH25 3DN
Abernethy Bunkhouse, Nethy Station, in the centre of Nethy Bridge, is ideal for groups of 12-26. On the Speyside Way and in the Cairngorm National Park, it is well equipped and fully central heated. Great for outdoor activities: walk, ski, board, hike, ride and fish. Stag and hen groups welcomed.
Inchnadamph, Assynt, Nr Lochinver, Sutherland, IV27 4HL
Inchnadamph Lodge Assynt is a grand house tastefully converted to provide luxury hostel accommodation in the Scottish Highlands. At the foot of Ben More Assynt, overlooking Loch Assynt, it is a great base to explore one of the wildest areas in the Highlands. On North Coast 500 classic road route.
Mandally Road, Invergarry, PH35 4HP
Surrounded by mountains, glens, lochs and forests, Saddle Mountain Hostel is a perfect place from which to explore the Scottish Highlands. Ideally situated in Invergarry between Loch Ness & Fort William at the junction with the road to Skye.
Church Place, Findhorn, Forres, Moray, IV36 3YR
Findhorn Village Hostel is on the beautiful Moray Coast in Scotland. The area abounds with wildlife and is close to the Findhorn community and Speyside distilleries. The hostel provides newly renovated self-catering accommodation for groups or individuals in shared bunkrooms, twin & family rooms.
Rogart Station, Pittentrail, Sutherland, Highlands, IV28 3XA
Stay on a first class train in Rogart in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, halfway between Inverness and John O'Groats! Two railway carriages have been tastefully converted to provide bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, sitting room, showers & toilets.
8 Culduthel Road, Inverness, IV2 4AB
Inverness Student Hotel, just yards from the city's night-life and a few mins' walk from bus and train stations, enjoys panoramic views of the town & mountains. Your perfect place to unwind, relax in the fabulous lounge with real log fire and drink as much free tea, coffee & hot chocolate as you like.
Croft No 9, Badrallach, Dundonnell, Ross-shire, IV23 2QP
Badrallach Bothy & Campsite on the tranquil shores of Little Loch Broom, overlooks one of Scotland's finest mountain ranges, A fine base for walking, climbing, fishing in the rivers, hill lochs and sea or simply to enjoy the flora and fauna. Great value spotless accommodation and total peace.
Grant Road, Grantown-on-Spey, Moray PH26 3LD
Ardenbeg Bunkhouse in historic Grantown-on-Spey is run by the award-winning Craggan Outdoors activity centre. Good value, well appointed bunkhouse accommodation with large private garden, BBQ and children's play area. Just a 15 mins' drive from Aviemore Ski slopes. Outdoor activities available.
Bunoich Brae, Fort Augustus, PH32 4DG
Morags Lodge Loch Ness is an award winning hostel with a range of rooms to meet all needs and budgets in the bustling village of Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness. Your perfect base to explore the Loch Ness area and an ideal stop off on the Great Glen Way. Set in wooded grounds.
24-26 Princes Street, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 7BQ
Sandras Hostel Thurso, a four star hostel in the most northerly town on the UK mainland. The cliffs are alive with guillemots, kittiwakes, fulmars and puffins, while the sea is home to seals and porpoises. En suite facilities in all rooms. Surfing, coastal walks and boat trips all available.
14 West Argyle St. Ullapool, IV26 2TY
The Ceilidh Place in Ullapool on the West Coast of Scotland is a bar, music venue & hotel with a bunkhouse providing great value group accommodation. The village of Ullapool is a small exciting port & fishing town, with ferries to the Outer Hebrides. Hill walkers & families especially enjoy visiting
South Laggan, Spean Bridge, Invernesshire, PH34 4EA
Great Glen Hostel, South Laggan, Spean Bridge, is between mountains and lochs north of Fort William and south of Loch Ness. On the Great Glen Way and perfect for touring the Highlands, bagging Munros or paddling rivers & lochs. Comfortable, well appointed accommodation in twin, family & dorm rooms.
Evanton, Dingwall, Ross-shire, IV16 9UN
Black Rock Bunkhouse is in beautiful Glenglass, sheltered by Ben Wyvis. Near Dingwell, this is an ideal base for touring the Highlands. At the eastern end of the hikers' route across Scotland and on the Lands End to John O'Groats cycle route. Shop and Inn nearby. Camping available.
Stafford Street, Helmsdale, Sutherland, KW8 6JR
Helmsdale Hostel is in the scenic coastal village of Helmsdale on the north east coast of Scotland. On the North Coast 500 and Land's End to John O'Groats route close to the Marilyn Hills. A perfect stop on the way to Orkney. En suite private rooms, self catering kitchen and comfy lounge with log burner.
Inverie, Knoydart, By Mallaig, Inverness-shire PH41 4PL
Knoydart Bunkhouse is on the remote Knoydart peninsula on the west coast of Scotland reachable only by boat or long hike. A community enterprise, the bunkhouse runs on green principals and is just 2 mins' walk to the beach and 10 mins to Inverie with its pub, post office, shop and ferry.
Invershin Hotel, Lairg, Sutherland, IV27 4ET
Stay in the Bunkhouse @ Invershin Hotel and enjoy all the facilities of this Highlands Hotel; homemade meals, cosy bar with it's roaring fire and real ale. On the North Coast 500 road route and enjoyed by cyclists, walkers, bikers, fishermen, Munro baggers, families and tourists.
Kinlochewe by Achnasheen, Wester Ross, IV22 2PA
Walkers, climbers and mountain bikers enjoying the Torridon Mountains and wilderness areas will be warmly welcomed at the Kinlochewe Hotel and Bunkhouse. Situated on the North Coast 500 road route, there are over 20 Munros within 20 miles and this is a great base from which to explore them.
Lael, Lochbroom, IV23 2RS
Set in the stunningly beautiful North West Highlands surrounded by lochs and mountains (including 22 munros) Forest Way Bunkhouse nestles between the Lael Forest Garden walks and the River Broom with an abundance of wildlife and delightful walks nearby.
Market Garden, Inverie, Knoydart, By Mallaig, Inverness-shire PH41 4PL
Purpose built Knoydart Lodge offers hotel quality accommodation for couples, families & groups at bunkhouse prices. Situated on the magical Knoydart peninsula, accessed only by ferry, visitors will enjoy a unique sense of isolation.
Altsigh, Inverness. IV63 7YD
The Lochside Hostel, Altsigh, is perched on the banks of Loch Ness with amazing views up and down the loch & direct access to the water. Go for a dip in Scotland's largest Loch. Take a walk to watch for wildlife. Or hunt the elusive Nessie! On The Great Glen walk and near the End to End cycle route.
Cornmill Bunkhouse, Achumore, Strathhalladale, Sutherland, KW13 6YT
Cornmill Bunkhouse is a converted mill on a traditional croft in Achumore near the North Coast of Scotland. Built in the early 1800s and milling until 1920s it now provides 4 star accommodation for individuals or groups, close to the North Coast 500. Activities can be organised for groups.
Coiltie Farmhouse, East Lewiston, Drumnadrochit, Inverness, IV63 6UJ
Loch Ness Backpackers Lodge, Drumnadrochit, is an 18th century Highland farm house now providing warm & friendly hostel accommodation. Within walking distance of Loch Ness & the iconic Urquhart Castle and on the Great Glen Way. Hostel has a residents bar and there are pubs & restaurants close by.
Craig Achnashellach, Strathcarron, Wester Ross, IV54 8YU
The iconic Gerrys Hostel, in Achnashellach West Scotland, close to the Coulin Pass, is now run by Gerrys son. Situated in an excellent mountaineering and wilderness area on the most scenic railway in Britain, the Cape Wrath Trails and The T.G.O Challenge Route. Comfy beds in dorms and private rooms.
Kyle of Tongue Hostel & Holiday Park, Tongue, By Lairg, Sutherland, IV27 4XH
Kyle of Tongue Hostel on the north coast of Scotland, is a stone lodge, magnificently situated on the romantic shores of a Loch. It has panoramic views of Castle Varich, Ben Hope and the queen of Scottish mountains - Ben Loyal. Beautifully furnished but with all the friendliness of a hostel.
This map shows the location of hostels in the Northern Highlands of Scotland. They are all part of Independent Hostels UK, the largest network of hostels and bunkhouses in the UK.
The Northern Highlands are a geographically vast and diverse area. From the Cairngorms National Park to the sea cliffs and Flow Country of Caithness. From the huge valley of the Great Glen to the sea lochs and islands of the West coast. From the imposing mountains of Sutherland to the beautiful sandy beaches and surf of the North coast. All of these are linked by the common denominator of stunning scenery and some wonderful winding roads.
The North Coast 500 route is an increasingly popular way to see the best that the area has to offer. Many others come to walk in the some of Scotland’s most scenically imposing mountains, such as Foinaven, Suilven and the hills of Torridon. Some walk through on the long distance Cape Wrath Trail (which requires wild camping on some nights). Others still cycle through it on the last few days of LeJoG, or the beginning of JoGLE. See the quaint village of Cromarty on the Black Isle, visit historic Dunrobin Castle, stay in the bustling port at Ullapool or try fine dining in some of the great local restaurants in lpaces like Applecross and Lochinver. In an area this big, there are literally too many things to see and do for us to mention here.
The hostels in the Northern Highlands of Scotland are well equipped for those taking part in outdoor pursuits, and are well used to catering for walkers, cyclists and those who have been out on the water. Those in the towns offer an affordable alternative to budget hotel chains for those on a tight budget, or those who just want to stay somewhere less impersonal. Independent hostels are privately owned, like B&Bs, but are different in every other way. They typically offer a mix of private rooms (many en suite) and beds in shared dormitory rooms. They provide self catering facilities and a warm and buzzing communal atmosphere. They will generally have WiFi, drying rooms, laundry facilities, bike storage, and sometimes catered food for those who want it.