West Coast of Scotland: Bunkhouses, bothies & hostels

Self catering bunkhouses & 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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    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!

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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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    Kinlochewe Bunkhouse

    Walkers, climbers and mountain bikers enjoying the Torridon Mountains and wilderness areas will be warmly welcomed at the Kinlochewe Hotel and Bunkhouse. 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, hot showers and a 12 bunk dormitory. The hotel bar serves excellent home-made food and is in the 2018 Good Beer Guide.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Dunard Hostel

    Dunard is a warm, friendly, family-run hostel on the beautiful island of Barra in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. The hostel has a cosy living room with a lovely fire, hot showers and spacious kitchen. There are bunk, twin, family bedrooms and two garden cabins. Situated in Castlebay, the hostel has views over the castle to beaches and islands beyond. Close to the ferry terminal, a handful of shops, and bars which often fill with live music.

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    Otter Bunkhouse

    Otter Bunkhouse is on the shores of West Loch Roag, in Carishader on the Isle of Lewis. It offers a cosy hideaway with modern facilities for walkers, climbers & cyclists and offers unspoiled natural beauty, deserted beaches and wildlife. The 8 bed bunkhouse has a lounge with self catering facilities, a bedroom with 8 bunk beds (beding provided) and a deck with stunning views over the Loch. A two bed en-suite apartment is also available in 2018.

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    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 accommodation, an unbelievable price, and total peace makes the Bothy and Campsite a firm favourite. There is also a holiday cottage for hire.

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    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.

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    Coll Bunkhouse

    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, to this beautiful Hebridean island, 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.

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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 and 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. Stroll to the ferry, pub, café, shops, and swimming pool. Catch the bus for Tobermory, Iona and Staffa.

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    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

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    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.

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    Skye Backpackers

    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.

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    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.

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    Portree Independent Hostel

    Originally the island’s post office, Portree Hostel sleeps 60 in small family rooms and dormitories. All bedding is provided and there is a well-equipped launderette on site. Close to the bus terminus it is an ideal base for touring the island and is within easy walk of a wide variety of shops. From the hostel there are pleasant coastal and woodland walks. Bike and car hire are available locally. Portree holds an annual Folk Festival in July and the Highland Games are in August.

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    Glebe Barn

    Glebe Barn offers 4* homely accommodation on the extraordinary Isle of Eigg within 1 mile of the island shop & cafe/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.

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    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.

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  • Profile picture of Glenfinnan Sleeping Car

    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 in the daytime to give you a break from self-catering.

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    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.

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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, café, 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 and Tea & coffee available all day. Basic self service breakfast provided. Keycode entry.

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    Skye Basecamp

    Skye Basecamp is a luxury hostel with dorm beds, private rooms and a private self-contained apartment. Facilities are aimed at lovers of the great outdoors, with hot showers, comfy beds and a good drying room. Active staff and guests create a fantastic atmosphere and you’ll find a whole lot of reasons to hang out at the Basecamp. Located on the shores of Broadford Bay. Shops and bars all within walking distance as is the beach with its resident otters.

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    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.

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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 wi-fi, local guides and information.

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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 crofting townships of Ness and the west side of Lewis, with sandy beaches, wildlife, historic sites and culture on the doorstep. A short walk through the croft, with its network of footpaths, takes you to the shore and river, where otters are regular visitors. The hostel has one dormitory with up to eight beds, two shower/toilet rooms and a kitchen/dining room.

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    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.

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    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.

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This map of the  West Coast of Scotland shows hostels, bunkhouses, and bothies on the West Coast and on the Isle of Skye and the islands of the 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 hop scotching by ferry from island to island. Then back to the mainland from Stornoway on Lewis to Ullapool on the mainland.