Gerrys Hostel, Craig Achnashellach, Strathcarron, Wester Ross, IV54 8YU

Call Simon Howkins on 07894 984294 or 01520 766232

Hostel and bunkhouse at Craig Achnashellach

Gerry's Hostel is situated in an excellent mountaineering and wilderness area on the most scenic railway in Britain. It is on the Cape Wrath Trails, The T.G.O Challenge Route and is 0.5 miles from the Coulin Pass at Craig.

Gerry's Hostel is iconic as the first independent hostel in Scotland. Now run by Gerrys' son "Simon" who lives in the hostel.

The hostel is rustic with limited heating. It sleeps 20, 10 in a large dormitory with comfortable beds, the rest in 5 or 6 bed rooms. The common room has a log fire and library, old records and WiFi. Meals and draught ale are available 15 minutes' drive away.

Come and go as you please. Use as a centre to explore this stunningly beautiful area or as a stop off point on your way through. See pine martens, buzzards, golden eagles, red deer, waterfalls and pinewoods from the doorstep.

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


  • Beds & Rooms:

    20: 1x10, 2x5/6
  • Open:

    All year. Check in after 4pm
  • Price per night:

    From £25pp main dorm. Family room from £25pp (min 3 guests).
  • Booking:

    Via the website, e-mail, phone or text.
  • Directions:

    GR037 493. 95 miles north of Forth William, 50 miles west of Inverness on A890. 10 miles west of Achnasheen and 10 miles east of Lochcarron. 4 kilometres east of Achnashellach train station.
  • Public Transport :

    Achnashellach station is 4km west of the hostel. Nearest Citylink coaches drop off at Inverness. Local bus between Inverness and Lochcarron garage Wednesday and Saturday 3pm.
  • Walks :

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks North Coast 500 Cape Wrath Trail Scottish National Trail
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aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
hSome areas heated
kSelf catering facilities
iDrying room
5Very basic accommodation


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News & Offers from Gerrys Hostel

Food, a log fire and friendship on the Cape Wrath Trail

February 16th 2021

Gerry’s hostel is a firm favourite with Cape Wrath Trail walkers. Most stay at Gerry’s hostel after a night at Maol-Bhuidhe Bothy, which is run by the Mountain Bothies Association. After a much more comfortable night at Gerry’s Hostel many then walk on to stay at Kinlochewe Bunkhouse another lovely hostel in the Independent Hostel UK network.


The Highlands, Glens and West Coast

June 12th 2019

Gerrys hostels is an ideal stop over on this 1200km challenging bike ride this July.

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Gerrys Hostel

Stay in a marvelous mountaineering and wilderness area!

August 1st 2018

Gerrys Hostel is in the perfect location to access munros, corbetts and low level walks with stunning landscapes.

Explorers of Scotland’s 3000 ft munro mountains must not miss out on Wester Ross’s fine munro, “The Spear”. Rising dramatically above the magical Loch Maree, the challenging climb of Slioch is named as the best munro for Wanderlust’s 20 best hikes in Scotland list.

As well as the plentiful munros enclosing around Gerry’s Hostel, there are many sirenic separate mountains over 2500 ft, corbetts. And in the low levels there are enchanting, winding trails and foot paths, such as the long distance Cape Wrath Trail and the T.G.O Challenge Route.

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Gerrys Hostel at Acnashallach with mountains in the background

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