Hostels in Scotland : Independent youth hostel on the Land’s End to John O’Groats route


Helmsdale Hostel, Helmsdale Hostel, Stafford Street, Helmsdale, Sutherland, KW8 6JR

Helmsdale Hostel is still closed pending refurbishments. It will be reopening sometime in 2017. Watch this website for updates. Set in the scenic coastal village of Helmsdale (halfway between Inverness and John O’Groats), the hostel offers spacious en suite accommodation including fully equipped kitchen and comfortable lounge area with log burning stove plus a large garden area. On the main Land’s End to John O’Groats route, the hostel is popular with ‘end to enders’ and walkers exploring the Far North Marilyn hills such as Morven and Scaraben. An ideal stop when travelling to and from Orkney and great location for beach walks, archaeology, geology, mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, bird and wildlife watching. Dogs welcome on request (private rooms only). Groups welcome, discount for sole use during the months of April and October.

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Helmsdale Hostel | Hostels in Scotland :  Independent youth hostel on the Land’s End to John O’Groats route


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Rooms & Beds:

24: 2×8, 2×4


Closed for refurbishment. Re-opening in 2017.

Price per night:

Adults from £19. Children from £12. En suite rooms from £50. During April & October sole use of the hostel is available for groups for £350 per night with a minimum of 3 nights booking.


Advance booking not essential – book on line, by email or phone.

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The hostel is situated on the corner of the A9 and Old Caithness Road. From bus: walk up the slope for 100 metres. The hostel is after the old church on your left. (200 metres). From train: Cross over the old bridge, turn right along Dunrobin Street, then left up Stafford Street. Hostel is 200m up the slope on the left.

Public Transport:

Helmsdale is served by the City Link bus service and is on the railway line from Inverness to Thurso.

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Refurbishment at Helmsdale Hostel

Refurbishment at Helmsdale Hostel

Planning to re-open in 2017

Helmsdale Hostel is in a small tourist and fishing town on the North East coast of Scotland and on the North Coast 500 route.   Helmsdale  is a great destination for bird life, coastal walks and hill walking.  On Helmsdale’s harbor there is a lovely museum about Scottish life, with a statue in remembrance of the highland clearances.  Helmsdale Hostel is also a well know stopover for the last night of the Lands End to John o Groats cycle ride.  Closed for refurbishment in 2016 plans are afoot to reopen this much loved hostel in 2017.

Contact Helmsdale Hostel:

07971 516287 or 07778 377078MessageView website