North East Highlands: Bunkhouses, bothies & hostels

The hostels on this map of the North East of the Highland shows hostels and bunkhouses around Dingwall, Bonor Bridge, Cromerty Firth and further north. It covers the two northern most counties of Scotland, Caithness and Sutherland. Here there are a scattering of hostels catering for those on the Lands end to John o Groats routes and outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy the wilderness and mountains. With self catering facilities, drying rooms and cycle shed these hostels provide ideal accommodation for walkers and mountaineers. Sutherland contains many splendid mountains, Ben More in Assynt, Ben Loyal, Ben Hope, Foinaven and Quinag and encloses some of the best mountain scenery in Scotland. There are beautiful glens and lochs like Loch Shin and this is also known as clan country with the history of the clans of the Mackays, Roses and Sutherlands.

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Bunkhouse @ Invershin Hotel

A small hotel in the north Highlands run by a young family. The bunkhouse is situated within the hotel and consists of 4 rooms which share a shower room and toilet. Guests can use the large, comfortable, reception area and the cosy wee bar where the fire is always lit, and enjoy an evening meal and a real cask ale. Situated on the main route north if wanting to avoid the A9, and ideally placed to reach the far north,

Helmsdale Hostel

Helmsdale Hostel is still closed pending refurbishments. It will be reopening sometime in 2017. Watch this website for updates. Set in the scenic coastal village of Helmsdale (halfway between Inverness and John O’Groats), the hostel offers spacious en suite accommodation including fully equipped kitchen and comfortable lounge area with log burning stove plus a large garden area. On the main Land’s End to John O’Groats route, the hostel is popular with ‘end to enders’ and walkers exploring the

Smiddy Bunkhouse

Find a friendly welcome at this comfortable, mountain hostel with a loch-side location overlooking the Caledonian Canal 4 miles from Fort William & Ben Nevis. The pine clad interior has a cosy, friendly atmosphere with stunning mountains and water on the doorstep with the meeting of the West Highland Way and Great Glen Way only yards away. Hot showers. Fully equipped kitchens always available. (local shop open until 11pm daily). 2 efficient drying / laundry rooms. All bedding provided. Free

BBs Bunkhouse

Opening in late summer 2017 the bunkhouse is not taking any bookings at present. Keep an eye on this page for updates. BB’s is the most northerly hostel on the mainland. Located in the village of East Mey on the highly praised NC500. The perfect place to switch off and relax in glorious surroundings. The eco bunkhouse has bespoke pods equipped with light, socket, privacy curtain, bedding and storage. 3 shower rooms (one for disabled guests) and towels are

Cornmill Bunkhouse

Cornmill Bunkhouse is situated on a traditional croft which has been in the family for many generations. The croft runs ewes, spring-calving cows, and grows winter feed and woodland. The mill was built in the early 1800s and was active until around 1926. It has been converted into 4 star affordable and comfortable accommodation for individuals or groups. The bunkhouse can sleep up to 14 people. It has a large self-catering kitchen and open-plan sitting room on the first

Stay on a first class train in Rogart in the heart of the Highlands, halfway between Inverness and John O’Groats. Two railway carriages have been tastefully converted, with many original features. One sleeps 9, and one is subdivided to sleep 4 and 2. There are two beds per room, and a kitchen, dining room, sitting room, showers and toilets. The carriages are heated and non-smoking. All bedding is included. There is also a cosy showman’s wagon which sleeps 2 or

Sandras Hostel

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

Black Rock Bunkhouse

Situated in beautiful Glenglass and sheltered by Ben Wyvis, this comfortable bunkhouse is named after the breathtaking Black Rock Gorge. It is an ideal base for touring the Highlands and seeing wildlife, including seals in the Cromarty Firth and dolphins at Cromarty. The bunkhouse is at the eastern end of a hikers’ route across Scotland and on the Lands End to John O’Groats route for walkers and cyclists. The Highland Games are held throughout the area. The village has a

Kyle of Tongue Hostel & Holiday Park

Kyle of Tongue Hostel is a stone lodge, magnificently situated on the romantic shores of the Kyle of Tongue on the north coast of Scotland. It has supreme panoramic views of Castle Varich, Ben Hope and the queen of Scottish mountains - Ben Loyal. The hostel is relaxed and welcoming with irresistible home baking on offer. Beautifully furnished, like a boutique hotel, but with all the friendliness of a hostel. There are comfortable private bedrooms, roomy shared dormitories and

Inchnadamph Lodge

Situated at the heart of the dramatic Assynt mountains, Inchnadamph Lodge has been tastefully converted to provide luxury hostel accommodation at a budget price. Twin, family and dormitory (4-8 people) rooms are available and a continental-style breakfast is included. There is a large self-catering kitchen, a games room, a lounge and a dining room (both with real fires). Bar meals are usually available at the Inchnadamph Hotel just across the river. Based at the foot of Ben More Assynt, and

This maps of the North East Highlands of Scotland shows hostels, bunkhouses, and bothies. Part of the Independent Hostels UK network, the largest network of bunkhouses and hostels in the UK.

The scenery includes vast expanses of moorland as well as lochs and mountains. Rocks project through the earth and there is very little arable farming.  The east coast area is a maritime county with fishing villages such as Helmsdale and connections to the north sea oil industry through the Cromerty firth. There is a history of  emigration following the highland clearances and small museums in the villages and towns tell this tale. The Land End to John O Groats cycle route travels up through the East Highlands passing through Helmsdale and up to John O Groats. The John o’Groats Trail, a long distance footpath along the coast from Inverness to John O Groats is being developed. The Cape Wrath Trail goes through remote country and requires wild camping between hostels. These counties are  often driven through on the way to Orkney and and the hostels and bunkhouses who welcome single night stays provide a great value overnight stop.  Visit the North East Highlands to explore the mountains, wilderness and social history and have a friendly stay in hostels and bunkhouses.