The Hebridean Way: Hostels, Bunkhouses and Bothies

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bunkhouse accommodation on the hebridean way

The Hebridean Way is a walking or cycle route across the Hebrides from Vatersay in the South to the Stornoway for the walking route and The Butt of Lewis Lighthouse (the most northern point on Lewis) for the cycle route.

The route is a 156 mile long distance walk or a separate 185 mile cycle on NCN route 780.

With hostels at Castlebay and Stornoway (for start and finish ferry connections) and along the route, our accommodation is a great choice for your overnight stops.

The Hebridean Way: Hostels, Bunkhouses and Bothies
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    N°5 Drinishader

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Backpackers Stop

    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.

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    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. 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.

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    Laxdale Bunkhouse

    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.

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The Hebridean Way is a walking or cycle route stretching the whole length of the Outer Hebridean Islands from Vatersay to Lewis.  Usually walked or cycled from south to north due to the prevailing winds, the route takes you through a wide variety of always stunning landscapes from crystal clear deserted beaches, to wild mountains, past freshwater lochs and beautiful sea views.  The famous changeable weather and the fantastic wildlife will certainly ensure that your trip is a memorable one.

There are excellent ferry routes from the mainland (Oban for Castlebay and Lochboisdale, Ullapool to Stornoway),  which combined with the excellent bus services on the mainland means the whole route can be done using public transport, ferries and shank’s pony!

The 156 mile walking route can be travelled over 12 days of between 10 and 17 mile walks.  It is possible to stay in a combination of Independent and SYHA hostels along the route although occasionally it is necessary to stay more than one night in a hostel and use the excellent bus services to get you to and from your end and start points.  There are always options to take detours or stay longer in certain places to make the most of your trip to these historic and unique islands.

Cyclists travelling the Hebridean Way should follow the well signposted NCN780 cycle route which takes them 185 miles from Vatersay to the Butt of Lewis lighthouse (the most northerly point on Lewis and the Hebrides).  It is advisable to bring a map as well in order to take detours for attractions and cake! The Hebridean Way Cycle route is usually done over either 4 or 6 days and can be done using a combination of Independent and SYHA hostels.

Crossing 10 islands, using 6 causeways and 2 ferries, both routes are a fantastic challenge for the keen walker or cyclist providing the opportunity to see these stunning islands on the edge of Europe at a gentle pace surrounded by stunning scenery and abundant wildlife.

It is always advisable to book your accommodation if you are planning a trip on the Hebridean Way, especially in the summer.

Visit Hebrides has produced a fantastic website full of useful advice and the LDWA website shows the route,  but don’t forget to come back to the Independent Hostel Guide to book your accommodation.