Port Charlotte Youth Hostel
About About this youth hostel
Housed in a converted whisky warehouse of the former Lochindaal Distillery, spacious and friendly Port Charlotte Youth Hostel sits right beside a safe, sandy beach and boasts wonderful sea views. It’s an ideal place to stay while you relax, unwind and explore the Isle of Islay and perfect for families, outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts.
The youth hostel offers a range of shared accommodation and family-friendly private rooms. Other facilities include a spacious and well-equipped self-catering kitchen overlooking the bay and a roomy lounge with TV and comfy furniture. There's also secure bike and kayak storage.
Perfectly situated beside a white sandy beach, the hostel is in the centre of the pretty village of Port Charlotte with its whitewashed cottages, numerous restaurants, tea and coffee shops.
Facilities & Services
March - September (RentaHostel available all year)
08:00 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00
Late arrivals and access outside opening hours available by prior arrangement.
Private Rooms Available
Family Rooms Available
Self Catering Kitchen
Towel Hire Available
Free Parking (nearby or onsite)
Brilliant hostel. Great team. Great location. Great facilities.
Great stay as always, Lorna & Karl are always so welcoming, friendly and helpful. Like home from home. The hostel is the ideal place to base yourself, whether driving or biking. Biking is what we do and there are many easy day rides that offer stunning scenery round every corner. Try Portnahaven and round by Kilhiaren or to Senaigmore and Ardnave. There many more, but you need to spend more time to fully appreciate the island by bike.
The continued hospitality of Karl and Lorna is outstanding and their approach/services to guest customer is amazing. The cleanest hostel in Scotland. Thank you. Mike
Mike from Cumbria
This is an exceptional place, not only the fabulous location but the friendliness of the staff and the efficiency of how it was run. Home away from home. Took kids and grandparents, cooked family meals, swam in the sea at the back door and even played Islay Monopoly! you should all go... Lorna & karl will look after you...
A great hostel, we loved it there!
Nice location close to the sea. Staff extremely helpful!
This is the best hostel I have ever stayed in. Particular highlights were the floor towels in the showers, a well equipped kitchen, and an excellent drying room.
Could highly recommed this hostel. The hosts are very service-minded, location is great etc.
’The mother is the Queen’
Definitely visit Islay! Such a clean, tidy, homely and comfortable environment. Thank you very much! We especially loved jumping over the fence onto the beach!
My friends and I had a wonderful time staying Port Charlotte's youth hostel. Although my party was extremely late to arrive, to the point where the check in office was closing, the nice people working at the hostel made a great effort in making sure that everything was taken care of for us. We really appreciated the hospitality and the stay was very comfortable and enjoyable. I will definitely consider staying there again when I visit Islay again.
Great, friendly & helpful staff who made my stay really easy. Were very helpful with my early arrival & late departure & generally can't fault them or the hostel!
Really friendly and helpful staff. Good location for visiting NorthEast Islay.
Manager extremely friendly and helpful and hostel full of interesting information.
Managed by an excellent team who made my stay so pleasant. Stay an extra night.
Lorna and Karl run this place brilliantly!
An absolutely incredible hostel. Clean, safe and friendly staff who went above and beyond to make me feel welcome and at home. Would highly recommend!
Karl was extremely helpful and friendly. Overall, the hostel was nicer and cleaner than I expected. The request to vacate by 10am each day for cleaning was very reasonable. Well done!
This is a wonderful place and provides a perfect space in which to achieve the happy balance of social interaction and personal reflection. Lorna and Carl make everyone welcome and are very inclusive and connect travellers together. You don't need whisky to be in high spirits in Port Charlotte but there is plenty available locally if desired. The hotel next door provides regular folk music in their bar too.
Wonderful hostel, warm friendly welcome. All facilities you could wish for. Excellent room and breakfast. Would definitely recommend.
Lorna and Karl made the hostel so cosy and welcoming, nothing was too much trouble. It was the little touches that stood out like a towel in the kitchen, a floor towel in the bathrooms and teabags and coffee available for when it was difficult to shop. The wardens really make or break a hostel, I would really recommend this one.
Stayed at Port Charlotte Hostel. Karl and Lorna are so welcoming and helpful. This is the 4th time me and my friends have stayed there and every time the hospitality is so warm and friendly. Couldn't recommend the hostel enough. Great location and facilities.
Great location and excellent value with warm and helpful staff.
Very friendly and helpful wardens. The hostel is in an interesting old building renovated to a high standard and in a superb location looking out over Loch Indaal.
bothymitch - Scotland
We stayed three nights at Port Charlotte before cycling on to Port Ellen where we had three more nights in a B&B.
A lovely location and excellent hosts.
Walls were a bit thin!
Reasons to visit
With endless white sandy beaches, towering cliffs and an RSPB nature reserve, Port Charlotte is the perfect base for families, outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts to explore and discover Islay.
Finlaggan, three miles from Port Askaig, features the tumbledown ruins of houses and a chapel on an islet in a shallow loch marking what remains of the stronghold of the Lords of the Isles. The setting is beautiful and the history fascinating!
Islay is probably best known as the home of some of the world's best Scotch whisky. With eight active distilleries, the island is a pilgrimage for whisky lovers. Take time to explore them all, but don't forget to pace yourself!
Islay is known for its fine food with fresh seafood a popular choice for most visitors. Other attractions not to be missed include:
- Museum of Island Life
- Kildalton Cross
- Kilnave Cross
- The American Monument
- Machir Beach
- The Round Church
- Outback Art Gallery
- Islay Ales Microbrewery