Gairloch Sands Youth Hostel

About About this youth hostel

A former hunting lodge, Gairloch Sands Youth Hostel sits on the northern shore of Loch Gairloch with magnificent sea and mountain views.

Gairloch Sands is a popular choice for groups, families and individual travellers, offering a good range of shared and private accommodation. The hostel has a good range of facilities including an excellent dining room, a well-equipped self-catering kitchen and a lounge which is a particular favourite with guests, boasting stunning panoramic views of the Torridon hills and Loch Gairloch.

With dog friendly accommodation available at Gairloch Sands Youth Hostel, your four-legged friend will be able to join in on 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.

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Gairloch Sands Youth Hostel

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Gairloch, Ross-shire IV21 2DJ 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

The youth hostel is closed between 10:00 and 17:00


Free Wifi

Alcohol Licence

Private Rooms Available

Family Rooms Available

Catering Available (Breakfast Only)

Self Catering Kitchen

Complimentary Tea and Coffee available in Self Catering Kitchen

Lounge Area

Laundry Room

Towel Hire Available

Drying Room

Secure Lockers

Pet Dogs Welcome

'Heat it and Eat Meals' available

Free Parking (nearby or onsite)

Guest Reviews

Dog Guidelines.


Reasons to visit

Gairloch Sands provides excellent wildlife watching opportunities with dolphins, whales and otters often spotted at the front of the hostel. Golden sandy beaches are only a five minute walk away and boat trips to watch whales and dolphins are available from nearby Gairloch. The Torridon mountain range is a short drive away and the local village also boasts fine pubs, coffee shops, local seafood and an award-winning heritage museum. The famous Inverewe Garden is close by.

Loch Maree is one of the most picturesque lochs in Scotland and well worth a visit. Take a boat trip on the loch or walk through the surrounding countryside and catch sight of the wild deer who roam its banks. The more adventurous can take to the water with kayaking and canoe trips available locally.

With a number of Munros on the doorstep, Gairloch Sands is a popular destination for serious hillwalkers but there are a number of less strenuous walks nearby. The walk to Flowerdale Waterfall is uphill and fairly rocky, so not suitable for pushchairs or anyone with limited mobility, but for those able to make the climb the rewards are glorious views over the woodland and loch beyond and an impressive waterfall (especially after heavy rains).