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:

    Re-opening 25th July. Open all year (Nov-Mar group bookings only).
  • 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

This accommodation allows dogs by arrangement, is by the sea, is available to individuals, is an 'Eco Hostel' and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the Visit Britain COVID-19 Risk Assessment Good to Go scheme, the Re-opening for Summer 2020 page, the Land's End to John O' Groats Cycle Route, the present or past youth hostel page, the North Coast 500 and the page of hostels with en suite rooms.

It has availability at Christmas, New Year, February Half Term, Easter, May Bank Holiday, August Bank Holiday and Autumn Half Term.


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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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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News & Offers from Helmsdale Hostel

20% off all future bookings at Helmsdale Hostel if you book direct in the next few months.

September 9th 2020

We are aware that people will be thinking of adventures and holidays for the next year after the difficult last few months. So we are offering an early booking discount of 20% for any bookings made directly with the hostel (by phone or email) before January 2021 for the coming year.

Helmsdale Hostel on the North Coast 500
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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

helmsdale hostel with Autumn sunset

Christmas availability at Helmsdale Hostel. Six en-suite bedrooms with self catering facilities makes it an ideal place for family and friends get togethers over the festive holidays. Discount available if booked before 30 November 2020.

September 1st 2020

Located in the scenic coastal village of Helmsdale on the main NC500 route Helmsdale Hostel is an ideal base to explore the far north coastline – it is also an ideal base for winter hillwalking.

Helmsdale Hostel offers tranquility in the far north Scottish Highlands. An ideal place to spend the festive season with friends and family. The layout of the hostel allows flexibility of accommodation – all six bedrooms [sleeping up to four] are en-suite. There is a fully equipped kitchen with dining area and comfortable lounge area with log burning stove. Onsite laundry facilities and drying rooms. Large garden and free roadside parking. Good wifi coverage throughout the building. Discount available if booked before 30 November 2020. Minimum stay three nights.

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