Skye, the Hebrides & West Coast of Scotland: Bunkhouses, bothies & hostels

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The hostels on this map of the West Coast of Scotland are ideal for touring the western highland or island hoping to Skye and beyond to the Western isles of the outer Hebrides and the inner Hebrides islands. The Hebrides are ideal for exploration by bike and the the Hebridean Way cycle route runs from Vatersay through Barra, Uist and Harris to the Butt of Lewis. Ferries from Ullapool go to Lewis and from Malliag you can take the old fashioned ferry route to Skye following in the path of Flora MacDonald and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Or for a simpler route take the Skye Bridge from Kyle of Lochalsh to Kyleakin. The small inner Hebrides: isle of Eigg, Muck and Rum, and the remote Lochs Nevis and Knoydart peninsula on the a west coast of Scotland all have lovely independent hostels and bunkhouses. There are some great hostels on the Isle of Skye ideal for walking in the rugged Cuillins or viewing this astonishing landscape by car.

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N°5 Drinishader

N°5 Drinishader is located on the Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, 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 as well as activities. The hostel has a cosy lounge with open fire, a well-equipped kitchen, shower, WC and comfortable beds. Pick-up services from Tarbert can be arranged for a small

Kintail Lodge Bunkhouses

Kintail Lodge stands at the foot of the Five Sisters of Kintail, right on the shores of Loch Duich. It is an ideal base for touring Skye and the Western Highlands or for bagging some of the 30 Munros in the area. In the grounds of the hotel there are two budget accommodation units which are especially popular with walkers, climbers and fishermen. The Wee Bunk House has a cosy room with bunks to sleep 6 people and a

Ledgowan Lodge Hotel & Bunkhouse

Ledgowan Lodge is a traditional country house hotel with cosy log fires, original features and friendly bar open to residents and non-residents. The bunkhouse is adjacent to the hotel and bunkhouse guests have full use of the hotel’s facilities. Ledgowan Lodge is perfectly situated for the hill walker, climber or anyone wanting low cost basic overnight accommodation. It is within easy driving distance of the Torridon and Fannich Mountain ranges and Fionn Bheinn Mountain is on the doorstep. The bunkhouse

Laxdale Bunkhouse

Laxdale Bunkhouse is contained within Laxdale Holiday Park which is a small family-run park set in peaceful tree-lined surroundings. Located 1.5 miles away from the town of Stornoway this is an ideal centre from which to tour the islands of Lewis and Harris. Built in 1998, the bunkhouse has four bedrooms with four bunks in each room and caters for backpackers, families or groups looking for convenient, low cost accommodation. There is a drying room, a spacious fully

Millhouse Hostel

Tiree is an idyllic Hebridean island, perfect for outdoor pursuits, wildlife enthusiasts, and those wanting to experience the tranquillity of stunning white beaches and crystal clear seas. A warm welcome and excellent facilities await you at Millhouse. There are bikes for hire to explore the island, visit the lighthouse museum, ‘ping’ the ringing stone, find the standing stones, wonder at the Machair flowers or watch the seals. Watersports take place on adjacent Loch Bhasapol, and the secluded Cornaig beach is

Skye Backpackers

Skye Backpackers sits in the picturesque fishing village of Kyleakin, skirted by mountains and sea. It’s a small, cosy hostel with an open fire in the lounge and a lovely backyard garden. Whether you are coming to Skye to tackle the mighty mountains, meet the legendary faeries or simply want somewhere relaxed and comfortable to chill out, Skye Backpackers has everything you will need to ensure that you make the most of your time on this magical island.

Kinlochewe Bunkhouse

Walkers, climbers and mountain bikers enjoying the Torridon Mountains and wilderness areas will be delighted to find the Kinlochewe Hotel with its warm, welcoming bar and bunkhouse accommodation. There are over 20 Munros within 20 miles of Kinlochewe and the hotel provides a great base from which to explore them. It is also on the amazing North Coast 500 road route. The hotel bar is open all the year round, and serves excellent home-made food, a selection of real ales

The Ceilidh Place Bunkhouse

The Ceilidh Place is a small complex, consisting of a music venue/performance space, restaurant, hotel, bar, bookshop, coffee room, gallery and bunkhouse. There are regular ceilidhs and concerts (sometimes jazzy/classical) at the Ceilidh Place with visits from folk musicians and small touring theatre companies occuring regularly. The bunkhouse (group only) does not have self-catering facilities but the coffee shop is open from 8.30am to late evening, 7 days a week. It serves hot food, soups, salads, great

Heb Hostel

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. Surfers, cyclists, walkers, 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 TV, peat fire, local guides and information.

Sail Mhor Croft

Sail Mhor Croft is a small rural hostel which is situated at Dundonnell on the shores of Little Loch Broom. The mountain range of An Teallach, which has the reputation of being one of the finest ridge walks in Great Britain, is right on the doorstep and the area is a haven for walkers of all experience. Whether you wish to climb the summits, walk along the loch side, visit a beautiful sandy beach or just soak up the tranquillity

Glebe Barn

Situated on the extraordinary Isle of Eigg in a charmingly converted 19th century building, the Glebe Barn offers 4 Star, homely hostel accommodation within 1 mile of the well stocked island shop and cafe/restaurant. The hostel boasts outstanding sea views, a well equipped kitchen, cosy log fire and wide range of books and games for all ages. Sleeping up to 22 in a combination of twin, triple, family and dormitory rooms, Glebe Barn is perfect for individuals, families or

Sanachan Bunkhouse

Sanachan Bunkhouse, in Kishorn is the perfect base for walking, climbing, kayaking, cycling and sailing. Just a few minutes will get you into all the fantastic mountains, crags, lochs and beaches Wester Ross has to offer. After your fun filled day, the group can come back to a warm fire, comfy bunks, a hot shower and simple living. There is parking for six cars and beds for fifteen people split between two rooms (bring a sleeping bag). The bunkhouse is self-catered,

Raasay House

Raasay is considered a real ‘hidden gem’ for backpackers and budget travellers. Although off the beaten track it is close to the ferry to the Isle of Skye which has a bus service to the rest of Scotland. There really isn’t an easier way to step into a small authentic Hebridean island community before continuing your Isle of Skye itinerary. Private and shared hostel style rooms have the price tag of hostel whilst having access to the same facilities as

Sheenas Backpackers Lodge

The Backpackers Lodge, the oldest original croft house in Mallaig, offers a homely base from which you can explore the Inner Hebrides, the famous white sands of Morar and the remote peninsula of Knoydart. Mallaig is a working fishing village with all the excitement of the boats landing. You can see the seals playing in the harbour waiting for the boats, whale and dolphin watching trips are available from the harbour. The hostel provides excellent budget accommodation with two

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

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

Badrallach Bothy and Campsite

On the tranquil shores of Little Loch Broom overlooking An Teallach, one of Scotland’s finest mountain ranges, Badrallach Bothy and Campsite, with its welcoming traditional buildings, offers a fine base for walking and climbing in the hills of Wester Ross, Caithness and Sutherland. You can fish in the rivers, hill lochs and sea, or simply watch the flora and fauna including many orchids, golden eagles, otters, porpoises, pine martens, deer and wild goats. Guests often sit around the peat stove

Gerrys Hostel

Gerry’s Hostel is situated in an excellent mountaineering and wilderness area on the most scenic railway in Britain. It is on the Cape Wrath Trails, The T.G.O Challenge Route and is 0.5 miles from the Coulin Pass at Craig. Gerry’s Hostel sleeps 20, 10 in a large dormitory with comfortable beds, the rest in 5 or 6 bed family rooms. The hostel has a comfortable common room with log fire and library, old records and WiFi it has everything you

Skye Basecamp

Skye Basecamp offers small private rooms and shared rooms for individuals accommodating up to 30 visitors. The facilities are aimed at lovers of the great outdoors with staff and guests creating a fantastic atmosphere. Hot showers, comfy beds and a good drying room are the basics but you’ll find a whole lot of other reasons to hang out at Basecamp. Broadford is right on the main A87 trunk road only 10 minutes’ driving from the Skye Bridge. The Basecamp is right

Glenfinnan Sleeping Car

Glenfinnan sleeping car provides unique, comfortable accommodation in an historic railway carriage adjacent to Glenfinnan Station. An ideal location for the mountains of Lochaber, Rough Bounds, Moidart and Ardgour. Glenfinnan makes a great starting point for bothy expeditions and is a useful stopping-off point on the route to Skye. Why not use it also for extended stays using road or rail for trips to fishing, golf, ferries, cruises, and beach locations? The sleeping car has a fully equipped kitchen,

Gearrannan Village Hostel & Bunkhouse

Part of the Gearrannan Black House Village, The Gearrannan Hostel was ‘Taigh Dhonnchaidh’ (Duncan’s House) with its solid drystone walls and thatched roof. It has been newly refurbished inside to sleep 13 including a 3 bed family room. The hostel (available to individuals) has a well equipped kitchen and cosy warmth from radiators heated with renewable energy. The bedrooms have cosy bunk-beds, and all linen is provided. There are two modern shower rooms. The bunkhouse (group

Coll Bunkhouse

Coll Bunkhouse provides five star hostel accommodation in the Inner Hebrides. The beautiful Isle of Coll offers so much, whether you are into walking, stargazing, wildlife-spotting, diving, cycling, sailing or kayaking, you can do it all. The bunkhouse is bright and airy, with 16 beds in two dorms of 6 and one family room for 4 which can also be booked as a twin room. Ideal for small groups or independent travellers. The building is brand new, with a fully equipped

This map of Skye, the Hebrides and the West Coast 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 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. Ferries from Oban take you to Colonsay and Tiree both known for high sunshine records. Stay on on the mainland and following the west cost by road from Kyle of Lochash to Ullapool, a curving route past beaches and white sand bays with mountains providing the backdrop to the views. A slow route through true wilderness.