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

Call George or James on 01847 894575

backpacker hostel in Thurso, Caithness.

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. On the NC500 Route. Continental breakfast included in the nightly rates.

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


  • Beds & Rooms:

    26: 1x6, 2x4, 1x3, 4x2
  • Open:

    All year
  • Price per night:

    Dorm £24pp. Double/twin £58. Family room £80 (4 people), £95 (5 people). Breakfast is included in the price.
  • Booking:

    Advisable, deposit please for groups.
  • Directions:

    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.
  • 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
This accommodation is featured on the following pages
By the Sea Close to a Pub Individuals welcome En suite rooms Breakfast Biker Friendly


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
nBreakfast available (with notice)
kSelf catering facilities
iDrying room
pClothes washing facilities
sComputer with internet
tWithin 1 mile of NCN


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Thurso, the northernmost town on the NC500

April 15th 2022

Sandra’s backpackers in Thurso is run by people with backpacking experience. It has a variety of rooms from traditional dorms to private rooms. The North Coast 500 route passes through town.

An array of wildlife adorns the spectacular cliffs and the rugged coastline provides a great place for walks and other adventures.

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Visit the northern most town of the UK mainland.

July 2nd 2020

A wonderful location full of wildlife spotting opportunities and teeming with interesting history. Sandras Hostel is perfectly placed to enjoy all this and is very affordable.

The cliffs around the coast are spectacular, buzzing with coastal wildlife, you can see Puffins, Kittiwakes, seals and porpoises. A welcome change from the usual pigeon and such. Wolfburn distillery is a local attraction that can be traced back to the 1800s, having been reopened in recent years. Of course being so close to the sea means the potential for great seafood. Thurso river being a spot for Salmon fishing.

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