Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel

About About this youth hostel

Winning silver in the The Great Outdoors Magazine awards for accommodation - Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel sits on the NC500, beside a beautiful, sheltered white sandy beach, close to the iconic mountain of Suilven.

This small and friendly hostel provides a relaxing base to explore miles of unspoilt coastline and discover quiet secluded beaches, crystal clear waters and abundant wildlife.

The hostel offers guests three comfortable private rooms and spacious shared dorm accommodation with private lockers. Guests can enjoy a ‘Wee Breakfast’ of cereal, Scottish yogurt, fresh fruit, tea and coffee; or take advantage of the recently refurbished and well-equipped self-catering kitchen to prepare their own. 'Heat it and eat it' evening meals are available to purchase for your convenience.  

Other facilities include a cosy dining area with wood burning stove, a laundry and small shop in reception selling basic provisions, soft drinks and snacks. There is no WiFi because of the hostel’s remote location. Free parking is available close by.

Achmelvich Beach is a dog-friendly hostel. If you would like to book yourself and your dog into the hostel, please phone the hostel direct on +44 (0) 1571 844 480 to check availability. There is a small charge of £5 per night for your dog when staying in our hostels.

The hostel is also available for exclusive private rental. 

For information on hostel accessibility please click here

Why stay?

  • Friendly, helpful and welcoming staff
  • Unique, unspoilt location with stunning views
  • Secure lockers
  • Private rooms available

For information on our COVID-19 practices and what to expect when staying with us please visit the FAQ’s section. Please also be aware of Scottish Government guidance when making your booking.

Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel

Based on guest review ratings
Recharn, Lairg, Sutherland IV27 4JB Get Directions

Facilities & Services


April to September (RentaHostel available all year)

Reception Hours

08:00-10:00 and 17:00-22:00

Check in


Check out


Access Hours

Late check in available on request and by prior arrangement. The youth hostel is closed between 10:00 and 17:00.


Pet Dogs Welcome

En Suite Rooms

Private Rooms

Family Rooms

'Heat it and Eat Meals' available

Group Catering Available (Wee Breakfast Only)

Free Tea and Coffee in Guest Kitchen

Laundry Room

Secure Lockers

Free Parking (nearby or onsite)

Guest Reviews

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.



Back to Top