The hostels and bunkhouses on Skye and The Hebrides provide friendly and flexible self catering accommodation with no minimum length of stay.
The small Inner Hebridean Islands of Eigg, Kerrera, Coll, Iona, Muck and Raasay all have lovely independent hostels and bunkhouses, where your night’s accommodation is part of the cultural experience.
There are also hostels on the islands of Colonsay and Tiree which are both known for high sunshine records.
Some great hostels are to be found on the Isle of Skye, ideal for walking in the rugged Cuillins or viewing this astonishing landscape by foot, bicycle or car.
While the inspiring Isle of Mull has a couple of hostels/bunkhouses to choose from.
The Outer Hebrides are ideal for exploration by bike following the Hebridean Way and using bunkhouses and hostels along the route from Barra to the Isles of Harris and Lewis.
Skye & The Hebrides: Bunkhouses and Hostels
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Laxdale Bunkhouse, on the Isle of Lewis, 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 island. 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/showers are located in the building & are suitable for the disabled. Wigwams are also available.More details
Gearrannan Village Hostel & Bunkhouse
Part of the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village on the Isle of Lewis, the Gearrannan Hostel has been refurbished to sleep 13 including a 3 bed family room. Warm and cosy it has a well equipped kitchen & 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 to cycling. There are also 3 holiday cottages.More details
The Lismore Bunkhouse and Campsite
This super warm and comfy eco bunkhouse on a traditional croft is the perfect base from which to explore the magical Isle of Lismore. The bunkhouse sleeps 12 in a mix of en suite dorms and private rooms and for larger groups the campsite has 5 pitches and hook ups for 2 camper vans. The Isle of Lismore is just 7 miles by car ferry from Oban and is a tranquil, unspoilt island surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. Perfect for wildlife and history lovers as well as walkers, cyclists and those wanting to get away from it all. Bike hire available.More details
Isle of Muck Bunkhouse
This self-catering hostel can also be hired as a holiday cottage. The bunkhouse overlooks the ferry port of Port Mor, it is near to The Craft Shop & Tearoom and to the island's Community Hall. The Isle of Muck is just 2 miles long by 1 mile wide and has a population of 46 people. With a rich cultural heritage and amazing wildlife, Muck is the perfect place to unwind. BYO towel, sleeping bag and supplies (no shops on Muck).More details
Portree Independent Hostel
Originally the post office, Portree Hostel on the Isle of Skye sleeps 60 in small family rooms and dorms. All bedding is provided, there is a fully equipped kitchen/dining area (continental breakfast is available on request) & a well equipped launderette. Close to the bus terminus, it is an ideal base for touring the island & is walking distance to a wide variety of shops. From the hostel there are pleasant coastal & woodland walks. Bike and car hire are available locally. Portree has an annual Folk Festival in July & Highland Games in August.More details
Glebe Barn offers 4* homely accommodation on the extraordinary Isle of Eigg within 1 mile of the island shop & café/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
Tucked into the rocky outcrops on a working croft, Iona Eco Hostel has spectacular views of the isles and mountains beyond. The land has been worked for generations, creating the familiar Hebridean patchwork of wildflower meadow, crops and grazing land. It offers quiet sanctuary for those that seek it, within easy reach of island activities. Whether travelling on your own, with friends, or as a group, Iona Hostel promises a warm welcome. Tourist board 4 star. Green Tourism Gold.More details
Stay in a Shieling Tent on the Isle of Mull. Choose from private en suite or standard Sheilings, budget-bed tents for small groups or book a bed in the Shared Shieling Hostel Tent. Clean, bright & spacious, there's also a tented common room with basic kitchen facilities, multi-fuel stove, free WiFi and TV. Views across Craignure Bay and towards Ben Nevis. Otters live on the site, wildlife abounds & eagles soar above.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, cafés, 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.Tea & coffee available all day. Basic self service breakfast provided. Keycode entry.More details
Skye Basecamp is a fabulous centrally located hostel with individual beds in small dormitories & private en suite rooms. Perfect for lovers of the great outdoors, with hot showers, comfy beds and a great drying room. Shops & bars all within walking distance. Knowledgeable staff and enthusiastic guests create a fantastic atmosphere. Join us for sunset panoramas across the shores of Broadford Bay or take a stroll to the beach with its resident otters.More details
Ross Of Mull Bunkrooms
Ross of Mull Bunkrooms are located less than a mile from the ferry link to Iona at Fionnphort. Ideal for exploring the superb wildlife, rich history, shell-sand beaches and unspoilt environment of the Ross of Mull, loved by outdoor enthusiasts. The perfect base for day trips to Staffa, the Treshnish Isles and Iona. There is a well-equipped kitchen, woodburner and stunning views. Larger groups could consider Achaban House (also in this guide) next door which sleeps 14.More details
On the beautiful Ross of Mull, Achaban House is perfect for those wanting luxurious B&B on the Ross of Mull with the option to self-cater. Close to the Fionnphort ferry to Iona & day trips to Staffa, Lunga & the Treshnish Isles. Ideal for walkers, cyclists or wildlife lovers. Rooms are en suite or with private bathrooms, breakfast is included. Larger groups welcome at the Ross Of Mull Bunkrooms next door (also in this guide).More details
Craignure, a superior eco-sensitive bunkhouse, purpose built in 2014, is the perfect base for your Mull adventure. Set on the water's edge close to the ferry port, there's the Craignure Inn next door for traditional island hospitality. The 4 well-appointed bunkrooms have en suite showers and there's a spacious well appointed communal area with kitchen, ample dining and relaxing space.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
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. This beautiful Hebridean island is 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
Feet from the edge of Loch Harport, Isle of Skye, with breathtaking views of the Cuillins, this purpose built, stylish & comfortable bunkhouse is an ideal base for hill walkers or sightseers. There is spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife in the surrounding hills and glens. The bunkhouse has a kitchen and common room with a balcony overlooking the loch and 5 bunkrooms, one en suite. The Old Inn, a traditional highland pub provides breakfast, lunch and dinner if required.More details
Colonsay Backpackers Lodge
Come to Colonsay Backpackers Lodge and savour the idyll of this Inner Hebridean island. Explore the magnificent sandy beaches, ancient forests and beautiful lochs. Wildlife abounds; spot dolphins, seals, otters and many rare birds. The pub, café & shop are 3 miles away. Or buy fresh lobster, crab and oysters from the fishing boats. The lodge is a refurbished former gamekeeper’s house with bothies. Centrally heated, it has 2 twin, 3 twin bunk and 2 three-bedded rooms. Free Wifi.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 WiFi, local guides and information.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
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 west side of Lewis, with sandy beaches, wildlife and historic sites on the doorstep. A short walk through the croft takes you to the shore and river, where there is an abundance of birds & otters are regular visitors. The hostel has one dormitory with 6 beds, two shower/toilet rooms and a kitchen/dining room. Towels, bedding, bike shed & drying facilities are included.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
Hostels and Bunkhouses and Bothies on the Hebrides; Skye, Lewis and Harris
There are hostels, bunkhouses and bothies on Lewis, Harris, Uist and the Isle of Skye as well as on other islands in both the Outer and Inner Hebrides. Independent Hostels UK, the largest network of bunkhouses and hostels in the UK, is a great resources for those exploring the wild mountain landscape of Skye and the deserted white beaches of the Hebrides.
Getting to the Hebridean Islands in an adventure in itself.
There is a road bridge to Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye from the Kyle of Lochalsh on the Scottish mainland and ferries from Ullapool go to Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Or you can take the ferry to Skye from Mallaig, and follow in the path of Bonnie Prince Charlie.
There are several long distance trails on the Hebrides. The Skye Trail is an unofficial long distance path through the most challenging landscapes of the Isle of Skye including the Cullin mountains. The Hebridean Way is a cycle trail through the remote and spectacular islands of the Outer Hebrides where you can experience quite roads and a different pace of life and see stunning white shell beaches, otters and eagles.
Also know as the Western Isles, the Hebrides are abundant with wildlife in their untouched natural landscapes. Birds of prey, seabirds and waders, porpoises, whales, dolphins and basking sharks all share the waters and shores of the islands.
If you are planning a road trip through the outer Hebbries, ferries from Uig on the Trotternish peninsula travel to Harris and North Uist and from the Isle of Harris you can drive through the mountains 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. Once on South Uist you can take a ferry at Lochboisdale to Barra. Using the map above and the many hostels and bunkhouses along the route you will have all the accommodation you need to plan your holiday on the Hebridean islands. Don’t forget to include a visit to the atmospheric The Callunish Stones on the west coast of Lewis.
Eigg, Coll, Collonsay and Tiree
Ferries from Oban take you to Eigg, Coll, Colonsay and Tiree. The Isle of Tiree and the Isle of Coll boast a mild climate, with some of the highest levels of sunshine recorded anywhere in the British Isles, averaging 220+ hours in the month of May. These inner Hebridean Islands also benefit from the mild influence of the Gulf Stream, so frost is rare and summer weather is warm and pleasant. All these islands have self catering hostel or bunkhouse accommodation which typically don’t have a minimum period of stay. Just what you need for your tour of the Hebrides. The isle of Eigg can also be accessed by ferry from Mallaig and here you will find the luxury 4* hostel, Glebe Barn providing self catering accommodation.