Gairloch Sands Youth Hostel
About About this youth hostel
We welcome the recent announcement by the Scottish Government on the gradual and responsible easing of restrictions from 19 July. Unfortunately due to continued requirement for social distancing, we are unable to open our self-catering kitchens at this time. We hope to provide a date for the opening of these facilities following the next Scottish Government update. The health, safety and wellbeing of our guests, employees and the communities in which we operate remains our main priority at this time. For more information on what to expect when staying with us please visit the FAQ's section of this website.
As you’ll appreciate, advice on Covid-19 is constantly changing and we would ask all our guests to continue to refer to Scottish Government guidelines and Transport Scotland advice on travel and social distancing when making their booking.
A lochside lodge, sitting on the northern shore of Loch Gairloch, with magnificent sea and mountain views and easy access to fantastic sandy beaches.
Gairloch Sands Youth Hostel is a great base for exploring the North West Highlands, offering guests a range of comfortable private and shared rooms. 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 recently refurbished and well-equipped self-catering kitchen and dining room. 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 also licensed so you can enjoy a beer, malt whisky or glass of wine while relaxing in the cosy lounge with panoramic views over Gairloch, the Torridon hills, Skye Cullins and outer Hebrides (on a good day)!
WiFi is free for all guests and other facilities include lockers, a laundry and a small drying room. Basic provisions, confectionery and soft drinks are available to purchase at reception and the nearest shop is only a five minute walk away. The hostel has onsite parking facilities for up to 13 cars.
Gairloch Sands 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) 1445 712 219 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.
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- Welcoming staff with great local knowledge
- Stunning loch side location with magnificent views
- Private rooms available
- Secure lockers
Facilities & Services
April to September (RentaHostel available all year)
08:00-10:00 and 17:00-22:00
17:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 10:00
Late check in available on request and by prior arrangement. The youth hostel is closed between 10:00-17:00
Pet Dogs Welcome
Catering Available (Breakfast Only)
Free Tea and Coffee in Guest Kitchen
'Heat it and Eat Meals' available
Free Parking (nearby or onsite)
22/07/21Team were welcoming and organised to respond to government restrictions. Showed an interest in what we were doing and offered advice when asked. Stay was comfortable and food good.
15/07/21We had a pleasant stay at the Gairloch hostel. The location of the hostel, overlooking the Loch and close to the beaches / town, was perfect. The hostel was clean, spacious and safe. Both Ben and Sara were very helpful and a good source of local spots to explore.
15/07/21A great place to stay. A very warm welcome with simple but comfortable facilities. Dinner was lovely.
13/07/21Gairloch Sands is a wonderful place to staff. The friendliness of the staff really adds to the welcoming atmosphere
13/07/21Myself and 3 friends enjoyed our stay at Gairloch hostel. We were made so welcome by Ben and Ben could not have been more helpful and friendly to us. The hostel was immaculate, all the covid rules in place and the facilities were perfect providing a great base for all our outdoor activities. The food was served timeously , very well presented , lots of it and was absolutely delicious . The location of the hostel is wonderful.
10/07/21A warm welcome awaits at Gairloch Sands. We were lucky enough to get the penthouse suite! And wow what a view. Absolutely perfect for our family of five touring Scotland. Seeing the dolphins out in the loch from the YHA was the icing on the cake. Thanks guys.
07/07/21Beautiful scenic location and a warm, friendly inviting place to stay. Will be back on my next trip.
04/07/21Gairloch YH is in an outstanding location and the staff Ben and Sara were incredibly friendly and helpful. We had a lovely room, only wish is that there were more rooms on ground floor for 2 or 3 people as the stair climb can be hard after a day out…
Alison & Martin
16/06/21We arrived last minute and Sara was so friendly and helpful in making our booking and getting us into a room - she even booked us a table at a local pub for dinner! Was a relief after driving in the rain that she was so helpful. The hostel had awesome views also of the Loch and had loads of info about things to do in the area!
15/06/21Great experience at this youth hostel. Very friendly and helpful staff.
09/06/21What a great place, peaceful and beautiful
07/01/20We really enjoyed our stay at Gairloch Sands over New Year. The kitchen, dining and lounge areas were perfect for our needs as a large group - and the proximity to the beach was ideal!
07/10/19An excellent experience for our group of school children. It was great value and ideal for accommodating large groups, with all the needs catered for whatever activity we were doing.
25/09/19Absolutely fantastic stay at this beautifully kept hostel. Stunning location and all the facilities we needed to make our group of family & friends weekend getaway unforgettable. Thank you to Sara & Jules!
17/09/19A lovely building in a stunning location! A welcome refuge from the weather...Super facilities with plenty of space, a very well equipped kitchen, large dining room and a cosy lounge with fantastic views! Staff were lovely, very welcoming, friendly and helpful. A very clean and well run hostel, which I will use again!
28/08/19Cozy common rooms with beautiful view to the sea. Fireplace. Everything is very clean. Friendly lady running the hostel.
26/08/19A beautiful place to stay, with a great view.
25/08/19Wonderful location, great staff
Catherine & Co
24/08/19This is a lovely hostel in a wonderful location with friendly and helpful staff. The decor and furnishings in the lounge surpass those of any other hostel I have stayed in.
23/08/19Very Cozy, Well equipped Kitchen,very Clean,very friendly and helpful staff.guests we're also all friendly,respectful and polite.this Hostel is defintely is run by Love.
19/08/19Perfect place to stay - very well run.
18/08/19We stayed 2 nights. Great experience, nothing negative say about our experience. Beautiful Hostel!
Peter and Marsha Canada
14/08/19Another lovely smaller hostel with everything needed for a pleasant stay in this stunning area.
03/08/19Nice hostel for one night. Parking avaiable. Kitchen contains all facilities. Bathroom very clean. Nice location even if it is not in the center of Gairloch. I would recommend
03/08/19Absolutely stunning area with kind and friendly people. I have had really awful stays in hostel before and this by far was the best. I felt safe and at home. Would definitely recommend and would come again. Also Jules is a star!
29/07/19Visited Gairloch Sands several times since 1970's and still love it! Clean, comfortable and friendly warden. Will return!
29/07/19A very warm, friendly and informative welcome from the warden (Jules), who worked hard to make our stay very pleasant and pleasurable! The hostel's lounge is comfortable, with beautifully scenic views across the Gairloch to the mountains, and out towards Skye and the Summer Isles.The accommodation was clean, comfortable and family friendly. The optional breakfast (cereal, fruit, fruit juice, bread/toast, tea or coffee) is well worth considering! A great base for outdoor enthusiasts!
29/07/19Wonderful location besides the midges.Warmly welcomed and good recommendations for the travel received
29/07/19Great hostel, friendly welcome and accommodating. Stunning location
24/07/19Nice little hostel just outside Gairloch. Staff extremely helpful, nice and clean and comfortable.
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).