backpacker hostel in Thurso, Caithness.


Sandras Hostel, 24-26 Princes Street, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 7BQ

Thurso is the northern-most town on the UK mainland. Caithness has a rich history which can be traced back to its Viking roots. The cliffs are spectacular and every narrow rock ledge is alive with guillemots, kittiwakes, fulmars and posing puffins. The wildlife off shore is equally fascinating where seals and porpoises haunt the surf. A great way to experience both the coast and the wildlife is to take one of the boat trips around the coast.

The Hostel has been upgraded and is a Visit Scotland 4 Star hostel with all rooms en suite and some with TVs. Using their own backpacking experience the owners have developed a level of comfort and service which ranks it amongst the top places to stay for families, individuals and couples wanting privacy in the twin / double rooms. A breakfast of cereal etc. is included. Surfing, pony trekking, fishing, quad biking and coastal walks are all available in the area.

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Sandras Hostel | backpacker hostel in Thurso, Caithness.


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Rooms & Beds:

26: 3 x 4, 1 x 5, 3 x 2 (or 3)


All year

Price per night:

Dorm £18pp. Double/twin £42. Family room £72 (4 people), £80 (5 people). Breakfast is included in the price.


Advisable, deposit please for groups.


North Coast 500


From train station follow Princes Street downhill to Sandras. Buses stop on St George Street. Walk uphill (2 mins) 1st right, 1st left and 1st right again to Princes Street. By car or bike follow A9 to Olrig St, take junction opposite bank onto bottom end of Princes Street.

Public Transport:

Train station 10 minutes' walk. Bus stop 2 minutes' walk.

This accommodation is by the sea, is available to individuals, is an 'Eco Hostel' and is on the North Coast 500.

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Stay at Sandras Hostel for surfing at Thurso East

Stay at Sandras Hostel for surfing at Thurso East

The best cold water waves in Europe.

Thurso East is one of Scotland’s premier surfing areas.  With  a world-class barrel in the right weather and one of the longest, hollowest rides in Europe.  Limited parking is available in front of the break or you can paddle out along the river from Thurso Harbour.   Sandras Hostel in the centre of town  provides comfort and a drying room with twin and double rooms. thanks to Visit Scotland for the photo. Copywrite Visit Scotland

Sandra’s Hostel in Thurso

Sandra’s Hostel in Thurso

On the North Coast 500 and Lands End to John O’groats routes

The last town on the Lands End to John O’groats Cycle Route and a major refreshment stop on the North Coast 500 Thurso is the northernmost town on the British mainland.  The cliffs around the coast are spectacular, buzzing with coastal wildlife, you can see Puffins, Kittiwakes, seals and porpoises.  Thurso town is a busy place of traditional shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, and Sandra’s Hostel provides comfortable good value accommodation right at the centre.

Contact Sandras Hostel:

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