Durness Smoo Youth Hostel

About About this youth hostel

On the North Coast 500 and surrounded by wild and spectacular landscape, Durness Smoo offers a relaxed and friendly base to explore the local area. From the youth hostel you can venture out to explore moorland, mountains, sea cliffs, beaches and waterfalls. A refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, John Lennon holidayed in Durness for many years. 

The hostel offers both shared and private accommodation, a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, drying room and cosy lounge heated by a coal-burning stove.

Local attractions include the famous Smoo Cave (situated next to the youth hostel) Cape Wrath, Handa Island and Balnakeil Craft Village (only a short distance away). Hill walkers will love Foinaven, Ben Hope, Ben Loyal and Cranstackie and, for those wishing simply to relax, Balnakeil Beach and Faraid Head are beautiful sandy beaches with large sand dunes waiting to be explored.

With dog friendly accommodation available, your four-legged friend will be able to join in on all the fun! A small fee of five pounds 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

We're on the North Coast 500 driving route! Click here to find out how you can enjoy 10% off car hire

Hostellers LOVE...

  • Friendly, welcoming staff
  • Unique, unspoilt location on the NC500
  • Private rooms available
  • Luggage store

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Durness Smoo Youth Hostel

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Facilities & Services

Season

April - September (RentaHostel available all year)

Reception Hours

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

Check in

17:00 - 22:00

Check out

08:00 - 10:00

Access Hours

There is no daytime access to the youth hostel between 10:00 - 17:00.

Amenities

Free Wifi

Private Rooms Available

Family Rooms Available

Self Catering Kitchen

Alcohol Licence

Laundry Room

Towel Hire Available

Drying Room

Secure Lockers

Luggage Store

Bike Store

Pet Dogs Welcome

Catering Available (Breakfast Only)

Access with limited mobility

Free Parking (nearby or onsite)

Complimentary Tea and Coffee available in Self Catering Kitchen

Guest Reviews

Dog Guidelines

We're on the North Coast 500 driving route! Click here to find out how you can enjoy 10% off car hire

Hostellers LOVE...

  • Friendly, welcoming staff
  • Unique, unspoilt location on the NC500
  • Private rooms available
  • Luggage store
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Reasons to visit

Located on the North Coast 500 and surrounded by wild and spectacular landscape, Durness Smoo offers a relaxed and friendly base to explore the local area from mountains to sea cliffs, beaches and waterfalls. On a clear night the starry skies are incredible, made even more memorable if you're lucky enough to catch the Northern Lights.

With its rocky coastline, turquoise waters and sweeping golden sands, Durness Beach is a perfect example of the spectacular scenery you will find in the North West Highlands.

With three huge chambers and a 20 metre high waterfall through its heart, Smoo Cave is Britain’s biggest sea cave and a marvellous sight. Legend even has it that the cave is home to the spirits who guard the entrance to the netherworld. Explore the mystical cave before stretching your legs on the Smoo Cave and Bhlar Duibhe walk, an enjoyable circular route through open moorland and a popular choice with birdwatchers. 

From wildlife to natural wonders and ancient history, Durness captures Scotland at its best!