Durness Smoo Youth Hostel

About About this youth hostel

Sitting on the famous NC500, surrounded by a wild and spectacular landscape, Durness Smoo offers a true hostelling experience in simple, relaxed and welcoming accommodation.

A refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the hostel is an ideal base for exploring the local area, and offers guests a range of comfortable private rooms and shared dorms. None of the rooms are en-suite but ample shower and washroom facilities are available.

Guests can opt for a ‘Wee Breakfast’ of cereal, Scottish yogurt, fresh fruit, tea and coffee, or take advantage of the well-equipped self-catering kitchen. Packed lunches are available for groups of 5+ if booked in advance and 'heat it and eat it' evening meals are available to purchase for your convenience. The hostel is licensed so you can enjoy a local ale, malt whisky or glass of wine while relaxing in the hostel’s cosy lounge with its coal-burning stove.

WiFi is available in the communal areas (lounge, kitchen and dining room) and is free for all guests. Other facilities include a small drying room and secure cycle storage. Basic provisions, confectionery and soft drinks are available to purchase at reception and local shops are only a 15 minute walk away.

The hostel has parking facilities for up to six cars and guests are welcome to use the car park at the nearby Smoo Caves, one of the area’s most spectacular attractions.

On a clear night the starry skies are incredible and if you’re lucky you might even catch the Northern Lights.

Durness Smoo 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) 1971 511 264 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, welcoming staff
  • Unique, unspoilt location on the NC500
  • Private rooms available
  • Luggage store

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.

Durness Smoo Youth Hostel

Based on guest review ratings
Smoo, Lairg IV27 4QA Get Directions

Facilities & Services


April to 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

Late check in available on request and by prior arrangement. The youth hostel is closed between 10.00-17.00, though daytime access may be arranged.


Pet Dogs Welcome

Free Wifi

Private Rooms

Family Rooms

Alcohol Licence

Laundry Room

Towel Hire

Drying Room

Secure Lockers

Luggage Store

Bike Store

Catering Available (Breakfast Only)

Access with limited mobility

Free Parking (nearby or onsite)

Free Tea and Coffee in Guest Kitchen

Guest Reviews

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!





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