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

Call George or James on 01847 894575


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.

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


  • Beds & Rooms:

    26: 2x4 1x6 1x3 4x2
  • Open:

    All year
  • Price per night:

    Dorm £20pp. Double/twin £46. Family room £75 (4 people), £90 (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

This accommodation is by the sea, is available to individuals and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the Land's End to John O' Groats Cycle Route and the North Coast 500.


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
0VisitScotland Quality Assured


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A Scottish wildlife hotspot in the lively town of Thurso

March 12th 2020

Sandras Hostel located in the northern most town of the UK mainland. A wonderful spot to be sure, full of wildlife spotting opportunities and teeming with interesting history.

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. Sandras Hostel is perfectly placed to enjoy all this, while still being affordable.


The UK mainland’s most northern hostel!

February 11th 2019

Fancy a visit to Thurso? For the best chance of glimpsing of the stunning Mirrie Dancers in the northern sky? If you do then Sandra’s hostel will give you a warm welcome to the mainland’s most northern town.

Click here to see the natural fireworks displayed in the skies over our area; join us welcoming 2019 with the eerily beautiful colored mists of the northern lights.

Sandras Hostel - Thurso - northern lights - Scotland

Stay at Sandras Hostel for surfing at Thurso East

December 20th 2017

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

Thurso East Surfing sandras hostel

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