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West Coast of Scotland: Bunkhouses, bothies & hostels

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The hostels along the West Coast of Scotland are ideal for touring the western highlands or island hoping to Skye and beyond to the outer Hebrides. Travel up the west coast 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, now incorporated into the North Coast 500 road route. Or take the bridge to Skye and travel up the Hebrides and back to the mainland at Ullapool. The inner Hebrides of Eigg, Muck and Rum, and the remote Knoydart peninsula on the a west coast of Scotland all have lovely independent hostels and bunkhouses, providing unique self catering accommodation.

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Shieling Holidays

The perfect base for all Mull, right on the sea, with views to Ben Nevis, your accommodation is in shared Shielings. Unique carpeted cottage tents which are clean, spacious & have real beds for 2, 4, or 6 people. Or hire a private Shieling or a self-catering cottage. There are super showers, a communal Shieling with woodburning stove, TV & launderette. Free WiFi. Campfire. Bike hire. Stroll to the ferry, pub, café, shops, and swimming pool. Catch the bus for Tobermory, Iona & Staffa.

Knoydart Bunkhouse

Knoydart is a remote peninsula on the west coast of Scotland reachable only by boat or long hike. A community enterprise, the bunkhouse runs on green principals and is just 2 mins’ walk to the beach and 10 mins’ to Inverie with its pub, post office, shop and ferry. There are 4 bedrooms and comfy communal areas. Bed linen and duvets provided. Ranger service and deer stalking available. Bring your own food and torch!

Kinlochewe Bunkhouse

Walkers, climbers and mountain bikers enjoying the Torridon Mountains and wilderness areas will be warmly welcomed at the Kinlochewe Hotel and Bunkhouse. Perfectly situated on the North Coast 500 road route & within 20 miles of over 20 Munros, the bunkhouse boasts a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, an efficient drying room, toilets and hot showers. There is one dormitory with 12 bunks. The hotel bar serves excellent home-made food.

Glenfinnan Sleeping Car

Glenfinnan Sleeping Car provides unique, accommodation in an historic railway carriage next to the station. Your 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 stop-over en route to Skye. The Sleeping Car has a fully equipped kitchen, showers & drying room. The dining coach provides excellent meals to give you a break from self-catering.

Inchnadamph Lodge

Inchnadamph Lodge has been tastefully converted to provide luxury hostel accommodation at a budget price. There’s a large self-catering kitchen, a games room, a lounge and a dining room. Food is usually available at the Inchnadamph Hotel just across the river. Based at the foot of Ben More Assynt, and overlooking Loch Assynt explore one of the wildest areas in the Highlands from the door.

Laxdale Bunkhouse

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.

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.

Sail Mhor Croft

Sail Mhor Croft is a small rural hostel which is perfectly situated at Dundonnell on the shores of Little Loch Broom and on NC500 route. 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.

Ledgowan Lodge Hotel & Bunkhouse

Ledgowan Lodge bunkhouse is adjacent to the hotel. Perfectly located, it is within easy driving distance of the Torridon and Fannich Mountain ranges while Fionn Bheinn Mountain is on the doorstep. The bunkhouse sleeps ten adults in five separate rooms. There are cooking facilities for self-catering, but most guests turn to the hotel for its hearty meals, real fires and lively conversation after their day of highland adventures. Camping is also available.

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. Croft camping also available.

Sanachan Bunkhouse

Sanachan Bunkhouse, in Kishorn, is the perfect base for walking, climbing, kayaking, cycling & sailing in Wester Ross. After a fun filled day, your group can return to a warm fire, comfy bunks, hot showers and simple living. There is parking for six cars and beds for fifteen, split between two rooms (bring a sleeping bag).The bunkhouse is well equipped for self catering, with enough tables & chairs for everyone, laundry/drying, outside recreation and BBQ.

Kintail Lodge Bunkhouses

Kintail Lodge stands at the foot of the Five Sisters of Kintail, on the shores of Loch Duich. In the grounds of the hotel there are two bunkhouses which are popular with walkers, climbers and fishermen. The Wee Bunkhouse has a cosy room with bunks to sleep 6 people. The Trekkers’ Lodge sleeps 6 people in two twin rooms and two single rooms.

The Ceilidh Place Bunkhouse

The Ceilidh Place, in the centre of Ullapool, is a unique small complex, consisting of a music venue/performance space, restaurant, hotel, bar, bookshop, coffee shop, gallery and bunkhouse. There are regular ceilidhs, concerts & plays. The bunkhouse (group only) does not have self-catering facilities but the coffee shop is open from 8.30am to late evening, all week including weekends. Rooms are also available in the hotel. The village of Ullapool is a small exciting port and fishing town, with ferries from the Outer Hebrides. Hill walkers and families especially love staying here.

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

Coll Bunkhouse

Coll Bunkhouse five star hostel accommodation, a mile from the ferry terminal & close to local amenities. Ideal for groups or individuals, short or longer stays and those who like to of self cater. A half hour from the mainland by plane or 2 hour 40 minutes by ferry gives you the chance to enjoy wonderful views on this beautiful Hebridean island with opportunities for walking, stargazing, wildlife-spotting, cycling, water sports or just chilling amidst stunning scenery. Visit some of our quiet and beautiful spaces and beaches and enjoy fine island hospitality in the village. A warm welcome awaits you.

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

Millhouse Hostel

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.

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. It sleeps 20; 10 in a large dormitory with comfy beds, the rest in 5/6 bed family rooms. Meals and draught ale are a 15 min drive away. Your perfect base for many activities including walking, climbing, fishing, cycling, golfing and wildlife watching.

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.

Craignure Bunkhouse

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.

Skye Basecamp

Skye Basecamp offers small private and shared rooms for up to 35 visitors. 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 lots of other reasons to hang out at Basecamp! Located in the centre of town and on the shores of Broadford Bay, there are lots of amenities within walking distance as well as the beach with its resident otters.

Skye Backpackers

Skye Backpackers is in the fishing village of Kyleakin, surrounded by mountains and sea. Whether you are coming to Skye to tackle the mighty mountains, meet the legendary faeries or simply want somewhere to chill out, Skye Backpackers is for you. The hostel has dorm, double and twin rooms and all beds come with sheets, duvets and 2 pillows. There is also a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, a sunny dining area, as much free tea, coffee & hot chocolate as you can drink. Free WiFi.

Badrallach Bothy and Campsite

On the tranquil shores of Little Loch Broom overlooking one of Scotland’s finest mountain ranges, Badrallach Bothy and Campsite offer a fine base for walking and climbing. Fish in the rivers, hill lochs and sea or simply enjoy the flora and fauna. Hot showers, spotless 4* accommodation, an unbelievable price, and total peace makes the Bothy and Campsite a firm favourite. There is also a 4 star cottage and you can hire bikes, kayaks and boats.

Raasay House

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.

This map of the  West Coast of Scotland shows hostels, bunkhouses, and bothies on the West Coast and on the Isle of Skye the islands of the Hebrides. These hostels are all part of the Independent Hostels UK network, the largest network of bunkhouses and hostels in the UK, and provide great value self catering accommodation.  

Travel up the west coast 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, now incorporated into the North Coast 500 road route.  Or take the bridge to Skye and travel up the Hebrides hop scotching by ferry from island to island. Then back to the mainland from Stornoway on Lewis to Ullapool on the mainland.

Or a take a ferry from Oban to Colonsay and Tiree, inner Hebrides known for high sunshine records.