Dunard Hostel, Dunard, Castlebay, Isle of Barra, Western Isles, HS9 5XD
Dunard is a warm, friendly, family-run hostel on the beautiful island of Barra in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. The hostel has a cosy living room with a lovely fire, hot showers and spacious kitchen. There are bunk, twin and family bedrooms. Situated in Castlebay, the hostel has views over the castle to beaches and islands beyond and is on the Hebridean Way cycle route. Close to the ferry terminal, a handful of shops, and bars which often fill with live music. During the summer the island is alive for ?Feis Bharraidh’ a gaelic festival of music, song and dance. Take time and explore this truly beautiful island with stunning white beaches, quiet bays where otters hunt and seals bask on rocks, dunes and meadows carpeted in flowers, and wild windswept hills home to golden eagles. Join one of our friendly guided sea kayaking trips and paddle amongst sheltered islands for really close-up wildlife encounters, hire a sit-on-top kayak, or experience the ultimate adventure of coasteering, (no experience needed). Find out more on our Clear Water Paddling Website.This accommodation is featured on our map of West coast of Scotland, Skye and the Hebrides and here is its own website.
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18: 3×4 5×2
All year, except Christmas and New Year. All day.
£20pp twin cabins and dorms. £45 per twin room. £65 per family room (sleeps 4). Sole use from £350.
Booking advised particularly in summer. Booking essential for groups.
From ferry terminal in Castlebay head up hill, turn left and we are the third house past the old school (200m from terminal).
The hostel is a 3 minute walk from the ferry terminal in Castlebay. If using a local bus ask to be dropped at the hostel.
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Explore the secret and surprising places of this gorgeous island
This place is a treat! Dunard Hostel is on the island of Barra is the Outer Hebrides. Its is on the waterfront at Castlebay, a town that does precisely what it says on the tin. There is a bay, surrounded by a scattering of white and pastel buildings, all rugged and weather-ready. Little boats bob in the sheltered waters and are sometimes dwarfed by the ferry pulling in to the terminal. Also there’s a castle. Way out in the bay, on a rocky island. Castlebay. In the distance are mountains, beautiful, craggy, ridged and inviting to the intrepid explorer.
The hostel too, is everything you would hope for in an island base. Visitors who have posted on online report a warm, friendly, family-run hostel. It has a lovely cosy living room with a wide bay window which pleasingly, looks over the bay; a fine fire, hot showers and spacious kitchen. There are a range of room sizes from the more affordable bunk rooms to family rooms.
I can’t describe the island better than the local hostel owners who supplied wonderful, poetic and enticing images of their home – and it is to their honour that they are encouraging people to share it, “a handful of shops, and bars which often fill with live music. During the summer the island is alive for ‘Feis Bharraidh’ a gaelic festival of music, song and dance. Take time and explore this truly beautiful island with stunning white beaches, quiet bays where otters hunt and seals bask on rocks, dunes and meadows carpeted in flowers, and wild windswept hills home to golden eagles.”
The town and the hostel are seaward-looking. You can even, if you’re tempted to explore the coast, rent kayaks and canoes from the hostel to paddle round the secret and surprising places of this gorgeous island.
The Independent Hostels UK network welcomes back Dunard Hostel
The Independent Hostels UK network welcomes back Dunard Hostel on the Isle of Bara. Five hours sail from Oban on the West coast of Scotland lies the compact island of Barra near the south of the chain of islands known as the Outer Hebrides. The sea, the sand and the people make Barra what it is, special, and Dunard Hostel completes the holiday.