Glenbrittle Youth Hostel
About About this youth hostel
Set in rugged scenery at the foot of the Cuillin Ridge, Glenbrittle Youth Hostel is just over a mile from the beach and close to the magical fairy pools and the famous Talisker Distillery. Eagles can often be spotted in the skies above.
This homely hostel has a long tradition as a base for walkers and climbers, offering guests a mix of accommodation from private rooms to shared dorms, all with USB charging points and individual bed lights. Many have mountain views and although none of the rooms are en-suite, there are ample shower and washroom facilities.
Opt for continental breakfast served in the dining room (please remember to pre-book), or take advantage of the modern, well-equipped self-catering kitchen. The hostel is licensed and guests can relax with a local craft beer or glass of wine in the comfortable mountain-facing lounge after a hard day on the hills.
Other facilities include a laundry, large drying room, public phone and secure bike storage for up to 10 bikes. Basic provisions, including frozen ready meals, confectionery and soft drinks are available to purchase at reception. Due to the hostel’s remote location, there’s no WiFi and very limited mobile signal.
Limited off-road parking is available in front of the hostel.
The hostel is also available for exclusive private rental.
For information on hostel accessibility please click here
There are no public transport links to the youth hostel and the nearest bus stop is at Sligachan which is 15 miles away.
- Friendly staff with great local knowledge
- Unique location, ideal base-camp for exploring the Cuillins
- Secure lockers
- Great drying room
- Private rooms available
Facilities & Services
April to September (RentaHostel available all year)
08:00-10:00 and 17:00-21:00
17:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:00
Day access may be available. Please contact the hostel beforehand, but note that arrangements for this may only be possible at short notice and only confirmed on arrival
Catering Available (Breakfast Only)
'Heat it and Eat Meals' available
Free Parking (nearby or onsite)
Free Tea and Coffee in Guest Kitchen
8/9/2022 12:00:00 AMStaff was extremely kind and helpful!
8/9/2022 12:00:00 AMSuper nice staff, beautiful location!
8/4/2022 12:00:00 AMStewart was awesome! Great welcome into a great place. Lovely Hostel. The "mini pools", which start a few meters from the hostel, are almost as good as the Fairy Pools and way less crowded! Also, start to do Sgurr na Banachdich (what a brilliant walk!). Great self catering kitchen and lounge. Absolutely brilliant. We will definitely come back.
7/27/2022 12:00:00 AMExcellent stay. Really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere in a truly stunning location.
7/16/2022 12:00:00 AMMyself and a friend stayed for 5 nights at Glenbrittle and had a wonderful experience. A significant factor in this was the part played by wardens Ben & Stewart who went out of their way to ensure we had a good time. They are excellent ambassadors for the SYHA.
7/15/2022 12:00:00 AMWhat an absolutely lovely front of house staff. Really went out of his way to accommodate mine and my brother's needs, staying past the end of his shift. Lovely man
7/12/2022 12:00:00 AMQuiet hostel with comfortable beds. Kitchen facilities are great and the location is perfect if you plan on going to the fairy pools.
Tina - Quebec
7/12/2022 12:00:00 AMHostel is in amazing location which allows you to immerse in Skye atmosphere completely. We like how SYHA is organizing its operations and that was not different - facilities are well equipped for the hikers with drying room, laundry, little shop, meals if needed, great kitchen appliances and well managed lounges. Towels and linens provided can make your backpacks much lighter. Lastly, we loved our host Stuart - best hostel host we met!
7/3/2022 12:00:00 AMIt was an amazing experience and would love to come back. Staff were exceptionally friendly and kind. Just the kind of place where one would love to stay while traveling.
7/2/2022 12:00:00 AMThe hostel is set in unique landscape scenery and can be used as a base for hiking and climbing in the Cuillin hills. If you don't mind shared toilets and washrooms - separated by gender, of course - you're in good hands here. The staff is the highlight of the hostel: they are very helpful, friendly and courteous. The rooms are simple, yet sufficiently comfortable. And the breakfast is good and reasonably priced. The locally brewed craft beer is highly recommended. We will definitely be back.
6/21/2022 12:00:00 AMA lovely hostel in a lovely place!! The facilities were tidy and clean, and there was enough space in the rooms for all the things. As there is no wifi nor network connection, it's the perfect place to connect with yourself and enjoy the company of other travelers.We would definitely recommend this hostel!!
6/18/2022 12:00:00 AMExcellent hostel location and staff. The drying room was a godsend and the hostel had everything necessary for an enjoyable stay.
6/18/2022 12:00:00 AMA brilliant YH, especially for walkers. Although a mixed sex dormitory enough privacy and curtains kept out the light. Very friendly, lovely sitting area, good kitchen.
6/16/2022 12:00:00 AMThe hostel is perfectly situated. Facilities and cooking equipment/crockery and utensils provided cover all you need and moreBeds were very comfortable, and linen provided. Pleasant and easy check in and check out
5/30/2022 12:00:00 AMExcellent Hostel, stunning location, clean and comfortable. Friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere.
5/26/2022 12:00:00 AMSpotlessly clean
5/25/2022 12:00:00 AMBen and Stewart made us very welcome
5/22/2022 12:00:00 AMReally enjoyed our short stay. Perfect spot, comfortable common areas and the best warden.
5/18/2022 12:00:00 AMNice, clean, good and helpful people and atmosphere. The best thing is there is no phone signal and no TV. Amazing. And the mountains are in front of the windows. I loved the (tap) water as well. Well equipped kitchen and strong extractor fans. And it's only just over 1 mile to the sea. Loved it. Thank you.
5/17/2022 12:00:00 AMGreat ambience, friendly staff and guests and great time after very challenging but successful walks.
5/6/2022 12:00:00 AMStewart in Reception was very helpful, always there to assist and provide the necessary information - just what we needed.
5/3/2022 12:00:00 AMGreat stay in stunning location with friendly staff.
5/1/2022 12:00:00 AMSuperbe auberge de jeunesse. Personnel tellement gentil. Très bien équipée. Localisation au top pour u. Retour aux sources car pas de réseau.
9/20/2019 12:00:00 AMFantastic time as always in Glen Brittle Hostel, Great idea to allow guests to stay in the hostel during the day as the weather was a bit unpredictable, staff where fantastic as usual and the facilities where great too. Overall a fantastic holiday, am counting the days down till my next visit next year some time.David.
9/17/2019 12:00:00 AMAmaizing atmosphere! This hostel is a "must stay" for anyone who wants to experience Skye.
9/13/2019 12:00:00 AMCozy hostel in a beautiful setting. Plenty of space in the kitchen and a low-key, welcoming atmosphere.
9/11/2019 12:00:00 AMHostel was in the middle of nature, totally isolated with no WiFi nor phone, which we found advantageous for us to relax completely. We were a couple alone in a room for 6, so a lot of privacy. We found breakfast very expensive, as we had paid 5.95£ for some toasts and marmalade which we could have bought in any supermarket, bad coffee and bad ham. I wouldn't have paid that amount for it. It should be something to think about. Meemoud received us kindly, many thanks.
9/5/2019 12:00:00 AMAmazing location, well equipped kitchen, nice hot showers, great drying room and friendly staff. No phone signal or WiFi made the evenings fantastically social amongst the guests.
8/16/2019 12:00:00 AMThis place was ideal for us and very a nice hostel. Also, the staff was exceptionally nice and gave us great hiking recommendations. We would come back any time. :)
8/16/2019 12:00:00 AMGreat location to get away from the crowds! The hostel is run very well and would definately stay again. I booked a private room for 3 and everything was as expected.
Reasons to visit
One of Scotland's most popular destinations and home to twelve Munros, including the famous Black Cuillin ridge, Skye is the perfect playground for any ambitious experienced mountaineer.
For the less adventurous there are plenty of opportunities to take life at a more leisurely pace, experiencing the wildlife and natural beauty of Skye through a number of low-level and coastal walks to suit all abilities and weather conditions.
Skye is renowned for its dramatic landscapes but there's another side to the island which includes world-class restaurants, arts and craft studios, castles and crofting museums charting the tumultuous history of it's people from clan battles to the Highland Clearances.
For those looking to capture a traditional taste of Scotland, the Talisker Distillery is only nine miles from Glenbrittle Youth Hostel.