The hostels and bunkhouses on the Isle of Skye and the Western Isles of the Hebrides provide friendly self catering accommodation. The small Inner Hebrides isle’s of Eigg, Muck and Rum, all have lovely independent hostels and bunkhouses, where your night’s accommodation is part of the cultural experience. The hostels on the islands of Colonsay and Tiree are both known for high sunshine records. There are some great hostels on the Isle of Skye ideal for walking in the rugged Cuillins or viewing this astonishing landscape by car. The Outer Hebrides are ideal for exploration by bike following the Hebridean Way and using bunkhouses and hostels along the route.
Skye & the Hebrides
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Otter Bunkhouse is on the shores of West Loch Roag, in Carishader on the Isle of Lewis. It offers a cosy hideaway with modern facilities for walkers, climbers & cyclists and offers unspoiled natural beauty, deserted beaches and wildlife. The 8 bed bunkhouse has a lounge with self catering facilities, a bedroom with 8 bunk beds (beding provided) and a deck with stunning views over the Loch. A two bed en-suite apartment is also available in 2018.More details
Galson Farm Hostel
This fully equipped hostel on the Isle of Lewis enjoys stunning views of the Atlantic Coast towards the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse. It provides the perfect haven from which to explore the crofting townships of Ness and the west side of Lewis, with sandy beaches, wildlife, historic sites and culture on the doorstep. A short walk through the croft, with its network of footpaths, takes you to the shore and river, where otters are regular visitors. The hostel has one dormitory with up to eight beds, two shower/toilet rooms and a kitchen/dining room.More details
The Heb Hostel is a family-run backpackers’ hostel in the heart of Stornoway on the enchanting Isle of Lewis. It is an ideal stop/stay for travellers visiting the Hebrides. Cyclists, walkers, surfers, families and groups are all welcome. Clean, comfortable, friendly and relaxed, Heb Hostel aims to provide you with a quality stay at budget prices. There are many facilities, including a common room with peat fire, free wi-fi, local guides and information.More details
Gearrannan Village Hostel & Bunkhouse
Part of the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, The Gearrannan Hostel has been newly refurbished to sleep 13 including a 3 bed family room. Warm and cosy it has a well equipped kitchen and two modern shower rooms. The bunkhouse (groups only) sleeps 14 in bunks. The perfect base for many local attractions from surfing to country walks, archaeology and cycling. In addition there are 3 holiday cottages.More details
N°5 Drinishader is on the Isle of Harris, 5 miles from Tarbert and 8 miles from the famous white sandy beaches. Situated above Drinishader harbour, overlooking the beautiful East Loch Tarbert, the hostel and self-catering units provide a variety of accommodation for individuals, families and groups. Pick-up services from Tarbert can be arranged for a small cost. Your perfect base for coastal/hill walking, cycling, kayaking, boat trips, sightseeing and bird/wildlife watching. Breakfast and packed lunches can be provided.More details
Tiree is an idyllic Hebridean island surrounded by white beaches and crystal clear seas. Perfect for outdoor pursuits & wildlife enthusiasts, Millhouse offers you 4* facilities and free WiFi. You can hire bikes, visit the lighthouse museum, watch the seals or enjoy watersports at Loch Bhasapol (200m away). For walkers Tiree Pilgrimage route passes close by. Tiree has a resident RSPB warden and there are handy bird and otter hides for you to use.More details
Situated in the village of Tarbert on the Isle of Harris, the Backpackers Stop is a comfortable hostel for travellers. Close to the ferry, bus, shops, café, bars and restaurants. The Backpackers Stop is a handy base for exploring Harris, as well as whilst walking or cycling the islands. Ideal when arriving by ferry. Self catering kitchen, lounge and shared dorms. Linen, duvets and towels provided. USB sockets, free wifi and Tea & coffee available all day. Basic self service breakfast provided. Keycode entry.More details
Laxdale Bunkhouse lies within Laxdale Holiday Park, a small family-run park set in peaceful leafy surroundings. Just 1.5 miles away from the town of Stornoway it’s an ideal base for exploring the islands of Lewis and Harris. Built in 1998, the bunkhouse has four rooms of four bunks. There is a drying room, a spacious fully equipped dining kitchen, a comfortable TV lounge and BBQ area. Toilets and showers are located in the building and are suitable for the disabled. Wigwams were a new addition in 2014.More details
Raasay House is a real ‘hidden gem’ for backpackers and budget travellers.Near to the Isle of Skye ferry and bus terminals, it has 4* deluxe hotel rooms and shared hostel style rooms. The shared rooms are low cost but give you access to the same facilities as the rest of the house. Bed linen is supplied and towels can be hired. There are no self catering facilities but good value bar meals are available. Raasay House is an outdoor activity centre organising sea/loch kayaking, coasteering, climbing, sailing, abseiling and much more.More details
Skye Basecamp is a luxury hostel with dorm beds, private rooms and a private self-contained apartment. Facilities are aimed at lovers of the great outdoors, with hot showers, comfy beds and a good drying room. Active staff and guests create a fantastic atmosphere and you’ll find a whole lot of reasons to hang out at the Basecamp. Located on the shores of Broadford Bay. Shops and bars all within walking distance as is the beach with its resident otters.More details
Portree Independent Hostel
Originally the island’s post office, Portree Hostel sleeps 60 in small family rooms and dormitories. All bedding is provided and there is a well-equipped launderette on site. Close to the bus terminus it is an ideal base for touring the island and is within easy walk of a wide variety of shops. From the hostel there are pleasant coastal and woodland walks. Bike and car hire are available locally. Portree holds an annual Folk Festival in July and the Highland Games are in August.More details
Dunard is a warm, friendly, family-run hostel on the beautiful island of Barra in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. The hostel has a cosy living room with a lovely fire, hot showers and spacious kitchen. There are bunk, twin, family bedrooms and two garden cabins. Situated in Castlebay, the hostel has views over the castle to beaches and islands beyond. Close to the ferry terminal, a handful of shops, and bars which often fill with live music.More details
Coll Bunkhouse 5* self-catering hostel accommodation is a mile from the ferry terminal & close to local amenities. Ideal for groups or individuals, short or longer stays. A half hour from the mainland by plane, under 3 hours by ferry, to this beautiful Hebridean island, ideal for walking, stargazing, wildlife, cycling, water sports or chilling amidst stunning scenery. Visit quiet and beautiful spaces and beaches and enjoy fine island hospitality. A warm welcome awaits you.More details
Whether your visit to Skye is to tackle the mighty mountains, meet the legendary faeries or simply to chill out, Skye Backpackers is the place for you. Located in the fishing village of Kyleakin surrounded by mountains and sea. The hostel has dorm, double and twin rooms. All beds come with sheets, duvets and 2 pillows. There is a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, a sunny dining area, as much free tea, coffee & hot chocolate as you can drink, free WiFi, a cosy lounge with a real fire and spectacular views.More details
Glebe Barn offers 4* homely accommodation on the extraordinary Isle of Eigg within 1 mile of the island shop & cafe/restaurant. Outstanding sea views and sleeping up to 22 in twin, triple, family & dorm rooms. Perfect for individuals, families or groups. Also two person mezzanine apartment.More details
Hostels, Bunkhouses and Bothies in Skye, Lewis and Harris
This map of Skye the Hebrides West Coast of Scotland shows hostels, bunkhouses and bothies in the Independent Hostels UK network, the largest network of bunkhouses and hostels in the UK.
There is a bridge to Skye and ferries from Ullapool go to Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, although some take the ferry to Skye from Mallaig, following in the path of Bonnie Prince Charlie. The Skye Trail is an unofficial long distance path through the most challenging landscapes of the Isle of Skye including the Cullin Mountain. Ferries from Uig on the Trotternish peninsula travel to Harris and North Uist. From the isle of Harris you can drive through the mountain to the Isle of Lewis as they are in fact both parts of the same island. From North Uist you can reach Benbecula and South Uist by car travelling over causeways built between the islands.
Eigg, Coll and Tiree
Ferries from Oban take you to Coll, Colonsay and Tiree both known for high sunshine records. Eigg can be accessed by ferry from Mallaig.