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 exploring the rugged Cuillins or viewing this astonishing landscape. 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.
Skye & The Hebrides: Bunkhouses and Hostels
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 resource for those exploring the wild mountain landscape of Skye and the deserted white beaches of the Hebrides.
Getting to the Hebridean Islands is 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 quiet roads and a different pace of life and see stunning white shell beaches, otters, and eagles.
Also, known 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 a car travelling over causeways built between the islands. Once on South Uist, you can take a ferry from 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 Callanish Stones on the west coast of Lewis.
Eigg, Coll, Colonsay, 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. 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.