Backpackers Stop, Main St., Tarbert, Isle of Harris, HS3 3DJ

Call Lee on 07708 746745


Situated in the village of Tarbert on the Isle of Harris, Backpackers Stop is a comfortable hostel for travellers. There is a self-catering kitchen, a lounge, 4 dorms and shared toilet & shower rooms. Tarbert is the island's main settlement and serves as a focal point and transport hub for the area. Backpackers Stop is close to the ferry & bus and to the shops, cafés, bars and restaurants of this vibrant village. The Backpackers Stop is a handy base for exploring the distillery, Harris Tweed and sandy beaches of Harris, as well as a pit stop for those walking or cycling the islands. Ideal when arriving or leaving the island by ferry. Linen, duvets and towels are provided. All dorms have USB sockets and free WiFi is available throughout the hostel. Free tea and coffee are available all day and a basic self service breakfast provided. Entry is via a keycode system.

This accommodation is featured on our map of West coast of Scotland, Skye and the Hebrides and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    22: 4 rooms
  • Open:

    1st March - 10th November. All year round for large groups/private use.
  • Price per night:

    £25 per person.
  • Booking:

    Book by telephone or email. Deposit or prepayment is not required unless there are 4 or more in a group. Payment two weeks prior to arrival for groups of 4 or more. Booking is advised as there is limited accommodation in Tarbert.
  • Directions:

    Situated on Main Street in Tarbert. Main Street is a one way street between the chip shop and Essence of Harris candle shop. Arriving off the ferry continue round the one way system. The hostel is the big yellow building. Travelling from Leverburgh or Stornoway the hostel is in the village of Tarbert.
  • Public Transport:

    Uig / Tarbert ferry bus services for the islands.
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks Hebridean Way
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aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
dBedding provided
gFully heated
nBreakfast available (with notice)
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
pClothes washing facilities
sComputer with internet
tWithin 1 mile of NCN


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News & Offers from Backpackers Stop

Visit the amazing Isle of Haris in 2020 with your own exclusive use of Backpacker Stops Hostel in the island village of Tarbet.

August 15th 2020

Groups of 4 or more people are welcome to stay for a night or longer. Please contact the hostel through email to book:

With advice from our local Environmental Officer, we are unable to take bookings for more than one household /group per night. This is due to restrictions involving our building layout and social distancing within shared facilities .

Therefore, during August we can take bookings with a minimum group of 3+ guests* per night. This means your group will have sole use of the hostel for the price of a dorm.
Please be aware that we need contact details of the lead person in a group for contact and trace.

If you are unfortunate to contract covid 19 during your stay, you will need to isolate onsite as you cannot travel by public transport (ferry/plane) until you provide a negative test. You will be charged the usual tariff and will be put in touch with the relevant groups to assist you during that time. So please be wise and do not travel if you are displaying symptoms.

Up to 4 guests £100 per night

6 bed dorm. £150. Per night

8 bed dorm £200. Per night

There is no minimum night stay.


Backpackers stop has maintained its "excellent" ratings ever since!

February 8th 2019

We can boast references of “warm welcome”s, “plentiful breakfasts”, “fresh eggs” at our “clean, cosy, and well run” accommodation.

Backpackers Stop - Isle of Harris

Backpackers Stop, Isle of Harris

January 13th 2018

… the attention to detail and warm touches that make the difference…

The village of Tarbert is the home of Backpackers Stop. The main settlement on the Isle of Harris, it sits on a low lying narrow pinch where North Harris and South Harris meet. That would seem a good place to put a village, as travellers from north and south and from the ferries would all cross paths. 

Harris is often lumped in with its conjoined neighbour Lewis, yet it has distinct and more mountainous character. North Harris has the highest peaks in the Outer Hebrides. From these heights, where you will scarcely meet another soul, you can see the whole expanse of Harris. Be awed by the high lochs, the twisted indented fjord-y coastline the ridges and the pale strips of beaches. Here and there are the villages joined by twisty roads. Fabulous.

The hostel, Backpackers Stop, might be the ideal base for exploring Harris. Offering simple, friendly accommodation, it is the attention to detail and warm touches that make the difference. Complementary hot drinks and breakfast (including fresh eggs from the local chickens!) will be very welcome.  

Without the benefit of an apostrophe Backpackers Stop is an instruction or advice, and some that’s well worth taking. Take the chance to rest those walking feet, use the laundry and perhaps even warm up before your next adventure.


Backpackers Stop Hostel on the Isle of Harris

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