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
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Facilities & Services
April - September (RentaHostel available all year)
08:00 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 10:00
There is no daytime access to the youth hostel between 10:00 - 17:00.
Private Rooms Available
Family Rooms Available
Self Catering Kitchen
Towel Hire Available
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
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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!