Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel
About About this youth hostel
Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel is a traditional, rustic hostel located on the famous NC500 and sitting just 300 metres from a legendary white sandy beach.
Surrounded by miles of unspoilt coastline and secluded beaches, this former school building and cottage has been tastefully transformed into a 21-bed youth hostel.
Rooms vary in size and include shared accommodation, private rooms and one family room. There's also a small self-catering kitchen and spacious dining area for guests to use.
With dog friendly accommodation available, your four-legged friend will be able to join in all the fun! A small fee of £5 per dog per night will be charged and must be booked in advance to ensure that a dog friendly room is allocated. For further information please refer to our Dog Guidelines
Facilities & Services
April to September (RentaHostel available all year)
Reception closes at 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 10:00
The youth hostel is closed between 10:00 and 17:00
En Suite Rooms Available
Private Rooms Available
Family Rooms Available
'Heat it and Eat Meals' available
Group Catering Available (Wee Breakfast Only)
Self Catering Kitchen
Complimentary Tea and Coffee available in Self Catering Kitchen
Free Parking (nearby or onsite)
Pet Dogs Welcome
Janine was very helpful and friendly. She was great with visiting children. We forgot our camera charger and she contacted us at our next hostel. Her colleague then posted it to our home address! How to go an extra mile. The eggs were the best I have tasted in a long time and would make excellent lemon curd. Will visit again with our grandchildren.
This hostel is fabulous. Not just because of the location but the way the two managers run the place. Spotlessly clean, with extras like decent tea and coffee available and a terrific atmosphere. Thanks and well done!
Wonderful location and such a lovely hostel, Jorine was so helpful and welcoming, the hostel is such a unique and authentic place to stay, it was wonderful, and so close to the beach and coastal walks, I rode here by bike from Durness, would also recommend this. Thoroughly enjoyed it.... great location for sailing, costal walks, cycling, pony trekking, or just sitting there with a good book! Great sunsets:)
Wonderful staff, fantastic location. Everything about this hostel is immaculate!
An amazing place at the end of the world. Nice beach, but can be very busy on a sunny day. Staff is very relaxed and kind. Beautiful hike from the light house and scenic coastal road at the north of the peninsula . I recommended a stop at the secret tea garden.
Stunning, stunning, stunning location, extremely helpful and friendly host and good facilities. Only point to note is that the hostel closes between 10 am and 4pm, keep this in mind if weather is looking dodgy.
Amazing get away, right by the beach. No Wi-fi or 4G. The staff are friendly and helpful. Kitchen gets busy because you are so far away from everything but that’s part of the charm. I stayed for one night on the NC500, but this would be a great base to explore the Assynt area.
Lovely atmosphere and surroundings. Great to see homegrown herbs and fresh eggs on site.
Wonderful location and lovely staff! It's really a wonderful getaway.
The hostel is right next to a lovely beach. Staff friendly and welcoming. Well fitted out kitchen. A wonderful place to stay.
The beach is absolutely lovely. I hope to be back.
Homely, cosy and friendly hostel. Just the right size and a glorious location next to a white beach with fantastic sunsets and great views of the scenery behind. Will be back!
A lovely homely hostel with friendly wardens. Simple, but everything you need. Fine walk into Lochinver, and a bus back if you time it right. Great location too!
Fiona - Scotland
What an idyllic, friendly place to stay. The sandy calm beach is the perfect place to relax. Perfect.
Reasons to visit
Located on the famous NC500 and just 300 metres from a legendary white sandy beach, Achmelvich Beach is the perfect starting point for stunning coastal and hill walks. The crystal clear waters also make it a great base for sea kayaking and snorkelling.
The Drumbeg Loop is a real driver's road, with spectacular drive with views. Single track with tight turns and blind bends it boasts some of the most beautiful, dramatic views you will ever see. A must-do and definitely one for the bucket list!
One of the more unusual local attractions is the 'Hermit's Castle'. This children's sized "castle" is hidden away over the headland from Achmelvich Bay, a 10-15 minute walk from Achmelvich Beach. The castle was built in the 1950s and, despite appearances, it's only just big enough to stand inside it. An unusual building in a very wild location.
There are a number of great local restaurants within easy reach including the world famous Lochinver Larder. The Caberfeidh Gastro Pub serves up amazing seafood dishes in an informal pub setting. From ludicrously good langoustines to enormous beer-battered cod goujons and grilled goat's cheese with red onion marmalade - ignore the rustic feel of the interior and enjoy local Scottish seafood at its best!
For wildlife enthusiasts, whale and dolphin watching boat trips leave from Lochinver.
With spectacular scenery, fine local produce and unforgettable sunsets, Achmelvich Beach is a truely memorable stay.