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

Call Marie on Marie 07971 922356 or Hostel Office 07927933721


Reopened in August 2018 after a major refurbishment, Helmsdale Hostel is set in the scenic coastal village of Helmsdale (halfway between Inverness and John O'Groats). The hostel has en suite private rooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable lounge area with log burning stove plus a large garden with lockable bike shed and bike washdown. On the North Coast 500 and the 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. Groups welcome, discount for sole use.

This accommodation is featured on our map of North East Highlands of Scotland and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    24: 6x4 (en-suite)
  • Open:

    Closed due to Covid. Re-opening late March 2021
  • Price per night:

    Adults from £26. Children from £15.Dog £10.Ensuite from £70/room.
  • Booking:

    Book online, by email or phone. Advance booking is recommended but not always essential.
  • Directions:

    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.
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks Land's End to John O Groats on foot LEJOG Land's End to John O'Groats by bike North Coast 500
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available August Bank Holiday 2021 Available Autumn Half Term 2021 Available for Christmas 2021 Available February Half Term 2022 Available Easter 2022 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2022 Available Spring Bank Holiday or Whitson Half Term 2022


bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
nBreakfast available (with notice)
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
iDrying room
pClothes washing facilities
sComputer with internet
yYHA Affiliated
ZDogs by arrangement


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News & Offers from Helmsdale Hostel

Helmsdale Hostel is opening soon!

May 10th 2021

In line with government restrictions, Helmsdale Hostel will be re-opening on May 20th. One household per bedroom will be allowed, with kitchen usage being organised on a rota basis when it’s permitted. Large garden areas will also be available for people to meet safely.

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Helmsdale Hostel is planning to re-open in late March 2021.

November 25th 2020

The hostel is open to take enquires and bookings before then.

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Availability from 1st October 2020 and 20% off all direct bookings

September 3rd 2020

Helmsdale Hostel on the NC500 is available for sole use bookings by up to three households. Book direct by phone or email to get 20% discount. Marie 07971 922356, Hostel Office 07927933721

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Latest Blog about Helmsdale Hostel

Scottish Gardens of the Far North

November 4th 2015

We were on a four day expedition to visit the Scottish gardens of the North. The hostel accommodation provided by Helmsdale Hostel was comfortable and fun and the gardens were aglow with colour.

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