Portree Youth Hostel
About About this youth hostel
Located in the heart of Portree, capital of the Isle of Skye, and one of Scotland’s most popular destinations, Portree Youth Hostel offers a range of accommodation from small private en-suites to spacious shared dorms, some with views over the Sound of Rassay. All rooms have USB charging points and most have individual bed lights.
Guests can opt for continental breakfast served in the dining room (please remember to pre-book), or make use of our well-equipped self-catering kitchen. WiFi is free for all guests and there’s a small, cosy lounge, laundry and drying room. Basic provisions, confectionery and soft drinks are available to purchase at reception. Packed lunches are available for groups of 20 and over.
Surrounded by hills, Portree sits in a natural harbour, busy with fishing boats, pleasure craft and sightseeing cruises. The main town on the Isle of Skye, Portree offers a wide range of shops, galleries, sightseeing boat trips and fine restaurants serving delicious locally sourced food and drink.
The hostel has parking for up to 5 cars and there is a large long-stay car park nearby which is free between the hours of 8pm - 8am. Outside these times charges apply, ranging from £1 for 2 hours to £4.50 for 12 hours. The hostel also enjoys excellent public transport links and is only a short walk from the nearest bus stop. From here, local buses can help you explore the whole north side of the island with its wonderful scenery.
The hostel is also available for exclusive private rental.
Accommodation at this hostel is on 3 different levels and there is no lift.
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- Helpful and informative staff
- Comfortable and friendly atmosphere
- Fantastic location with great sea views and beautiful sunsets
- Secure lockers and bike store
- Private ensuite rooms available
Facilities & Services
Open all year
07:30-10:00 and 15:00-22:30
16:00 - 22:30
07:30 - 10:00
Late arrivals and access outside opening hours available by prior arrangement
En Suite Rooms
Access with limited mobility
Free Tea and Coffee in Guest Kitchen
Parking - Charges Apply (nearby or onsite)
25/05/22Great staff and location. Very close to the harbour and you can enjoy the lake view just sitting in the kitchen.
22/05/22Friendly and helpful staff, great location, clean and organized facilities, highly recommend!
21/05/22Nice, little hostel in Portree. It is clean and cozy. The kitchen is user friendly. It had cubbies for everyone to put their food it which is wonderful. One of the staff called all the restaurants in town to see which ones had openings! Above and beyond!
16/05/22The hostel was clean and comfortable. The staff were friendly and very helpful throughout our stay. We were in a big group, of 22, and there was plenty of space on the communal areas, which included a lovely wee deck outside. The hostel is in a great location right by a big car park and in the centre of town. Would absolutely recommend.
14/05/22Had everything we needed and very warm - Ideal way to visit an area without breaking the bank
10/05/22Always good to stay here. Friendly staff and convenient location. What I particularly appreciated, this time, was the way the Warden dealt with the noise at night ensuring we got a good night's sleep.
08/05/22Very nice rooms. Clean, en-suite, door key cards useful. Lounge comfortable with fantastic view.
04/05/22Good location. Near town centre, travelled on motorbike, parking area short walk away. Staff great. Good facilities to use if required.
30/04/22Wonderful view of the Loch from the sitting/dining area. Easy to find and a good point for exploring Skye. Positive communal atmosphere.
28/04/22Very nice location with super friendly staff. I would always come again!
27/04/22excellent room, good facilities, good location.
24/04/22I loved the location. So convenient to everything. Having kitchen facilities was also very helpful.
17/04/22The lounge looks out onto the harbour and across the loch to the snow capped Cullins.The accommodation is clean and very well organised... I really do recommend Portree Scottish Youth Hostel.
07/03/22Excellent value for a stay. No frills & spills but everything you need and a good spot to explore northern Skye.Overnight & long term parking a problem but not insurmountable.
Big Chris walker
05/03/22Lovely staff, nice kitchen with everything you need. A minute walk from Portree bus station which is awesome. Great place to stay and meet interesting people.
05/03/22Everything about my three nights here was perfect, and just sitting in the lounge looking out through the giant picture window was almost a transcendental experience..hostel staff were welcoming with good tips on walks and where to go, the lounge/ dining room was spacious and the kitchen was beyond clean and tidy. Only very ,very minute niggle was that the dorm was rather cold overnight, But then it was Skye. And it was beg March . I'll be back and have already recommended to my friends.
18/01/22I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Portree.With Covid rules meaning I had the room to myself it was much more enjoyable than the usual room sharing experience.The hostel itself was great. Fabulous view from the window over the water. Portree is small so the hostel was within 2 minutes walk of everything I needed. The staff were amazing and very friendly with great suggestions of where to eat, drink and where to head to for great walking trails and views!I would very happily stay here again.
13/01/22Very nice hostel in a great location. Quick and easy check in and out. Spacious rooms with good toilet and shower facilities. Also just a short walk up the road there is a cracking shop called Relish that does very good morning rolls and coffee.
25/12/21It was great staying here. Rooms were absolutely clean, the staffs were amazing. I would definitely come back!
03/11/21Was supposed to stay four nights but was only able to stay one night due to a family emergency. The team were so accommodating and lovely, could not have been more helpful. Special thanks to check in/checkout lady (dark hair, young, could not remember her name sorry).
06/09/21Hostel has a Town centre location with stunning rear views of Loch Portree. Spacious clean rooms with good facilities & helpful staff. Definitely recommend staying here and very happy to return because Portree is a central location on Skye. Lots to see & do so recommend a boat trip to see the wildlife. 10/10 Thank you.
M Eastwood, Stirling
28/08/21Staff very friendly, helpful, accommodating and efficient. This contributed in taking some of the stress from a long journey. Room comfortable and clean. I appreciated the TV as I was travelling alone. I paid £80 a night as I had to book a double room (this is reflected in my lower rating ref. value for money).
05/07/21Enjoyed lovely stray. Nice, clean and comfortable bed!
24/06/21I like the facilites and the location of this Hostel, the location is very close to the bus station. The big window has wonderful view of the landscape. Take showers are very convenient has the washroom is very roomy.
16/06/21Great central location for activities on Skye. The loch and mountain view from the dining area (and our bedroom this time) was gorgeous. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. Lots of variety for eating in Portree to suit all budgets.
14/06/21Fantastic location in the centre of Portree. Cheap pay and display car park right behind hostel if you need parking. Super clean and comfy - kitchen was closed due to COVID but the lounge area was open with a lovely view of the bay. Picnic tables on the decking outside were great. Staff were awesome and very knowledgeable about the local area. Book early for restaurants if you're coming in the next couple of months as they are really busy.
08/06/21Because the hostels had Covid restrictions in place our stay was not typical of normal times, so my wife and I had a four-bed en-suite room to ourselves, with two beds made up ready. This meant we were extremely comfortable, and the wash-room and shower were far better than many hotels we have stayed in. The staff did everything they could to overcome the difficulties and make things as nice as possible.
29/10/20I had a great time staying here. The bed was comfy. The en-suite was everything I needed. The hostel is in a great, central location. The staff were very helpful and offered suggestions for things to do when my plans changed. I highly recommend staying here and would come again.
26/10/20This Hostel is located in a great location close to the centre of Portree. Amazing view from the room and very helpful staff. Would definitely recommend it.
19/10/20Jaime/Jamie at reception was really helpful and friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the local area with good recommendations.
Reasons to visit
Home to twelve Munros, including the famous Black Cuillin range with the Inaccessible Pinnacle, Skye is the ultimate playground for the outdoor enthusiast. But there's another side to Skye which includes its world-class restaurants, art studios, castles and crofting museums which chart the tumultuous history of its people from clan battles to the Highland Clearances. Skye is captivating on so many levels.
From the Old Man of Storr to Kilt Rock with its spectacular waterfall cascading into the sea. Follow the dinosaur footprints at low tide on Staffin Beach or head to the Quiraing, an iconic landscape made famous by films such as King Arthur Legend of the Sword, Prometheus, The BFG and Game of Thrones.
Nature lovers can go otter spotting in the harbour or take a boat trip to look out for the sea eagles, porpoises and seals that live off the coast. Travel to Waternish and take a boat trip to St Kilda, famous as the UK's only UNESCO world heritage site and home to nearly a million seabirds including the UK's largest colony of Atlantic Puffins.
Other attractions include:
- The Aros Centre
- The Fairy Glen
- Apothecary's Tower
- Neist Point
- Dunvegan Castle
- Dun Beag