Gairloch Sands

About About this youth hostel ....

Sitting on the northern shore of Loch Gairloch, with magnificent sea and mountain views and easy access to fantastic sandy beaches, this traditional lochside lodge is a great base for exploring the North West Highlands, offering a range of comfortable private rooms and shared dorms. None of the rooms are en-suite but ample shower and washroom facilities are available.

WiFi is free for all guests and other facilities include: a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, cosy lounge with sea views, private lockers, 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 also has onsite parking facilities for up to 9 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 £7.50 per night for your dog when staying in our hostels.

‘Wee Breakfast’ and 'Heat it and eat it' evening meals available (please remember to pre-book your breakfast). 

The hostel is also available for exclusive private rental.

Why stay?

  • Lochside location with views over Gairloch, Torridon and Skye
  • Short walk from a golden sandy beach
  • Friendly team with expert local knowledge
  • Dog Friendly and perfect for families
  • Licensed, serving local beers and wine

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Gairloch Sands Youth Hostel

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Carn Dearg, 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

Late check in available on request and by prior arrangement. The youth hostel is closed between 10:00-17:00


Pet Dogs Welcome

Alcohol Licence

Family Rooms

Free Tea and Coffee in Guest Kitchen

Laundry Room

Drying Room

'Heat it and Eat Meals' available

Free Wifi

Private Rooms

Catering Available (Breakfast Only)

Lounge Area

Towel Hire

Secure Lockers

Free Parking (nearby or onsite)

Guest Reviews

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).

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