Portree Youth Hostel
About About this youth hostel
We welcome the recent announcement by the Scottish Government on the responsible lifting of restrictions and are delighted to be able to plan for the re-opening of our self-catering kitchens from 1st November. Drying room facilities are now available at many of our hostels but we would ask you to please contact the hostel team directly to allow them to manage your access. 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. Please remember, this guidance may be different in England and Wales.
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 room types, from small private en-suites to shared accommodation, 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 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.
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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
15:00 - 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)
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.
17/10/20Location is excellent. Staff were extremely helpful and the standards of cleanliness were first class. Overall, we had a great time.
15/10/20Great place to stay - right in the centre of Portree. Walking distance to everything you need! There's a big car park at the back of the hostel which is currently being extended so we had no trouble with finding somewhere to park (this could also be because of reduced travellers due to COVID) manger was friendly, knowledgable and accommodating. Straightforward unfussy, value accommodation in a supper location! Definitely recommend!!
29/09/20Great hostel, good Covid safety and friendly reception. ThNks
18/09/20A lovely stay in a great location.The hostel was spotless and James who checked us in a and out was so helpful and friendly.
13/09/20Great hostel in the heart of the town. Checking was simple and quick, Covid restrictions explained really well. Double bed, TV and tea making facilities in room. We booked a room with private bathroom and it was great. Hostel is right in the town centre.
07/09/20The hostel is in a stunning location right on Portree's bay, our 8 bed room over looked the sea and was extremely clean, light and perfect for what we needed! The check in experience was very simple and we felt comfortable with how good the covid precautions were, with a one way system and masks required everywhere.
08/08/20Great place to stay. Staff were helpful and friendly. The beds were comfortable, room was warm, and the shower hot!
04/08/20Despite having just re-opened after a 4 month closure, restrictions in place to protect hostellers from Coronavirus & a new IT system that staff weren't used to, our stay at Portree Hostel was an absolute pleasure. Jaime provided a warm welcome, overcame difficulties in transferring us from Broadford (which was closed) and set us up in the same room for two nights. The setting is fantastic - close to town centre, overlooking the bay, close to free parking. Rooms bright and clean, beds comfy.
14/03/20Good location with friendly staff that makes for a pleasant stay.
04/03/20The staff was really nice. We enjoyed the board games. I appreciate that everyone had two.pillows
02/03/20Excellent welcoming staff and a very nice en suite room with double bed. Even had a kettle and coffee and tea - can't believe I was in a Youth Hostel. Very good value for money at £40 per night.The last time I stayed in a Youth Hostel on the Isle of Skye was in 1979 when I recall being berated by the Warden for not cleaning the showers properly -how times have changed! (for the better!)
01/02/20Absolutely stunning location and very quiet. Perfect for our needs.
26/11/19This is a fantastic, don't want to miss hostel. The best was the friendly, helpful staff making the stay most enjoyable!!
09/11/19Lovely place to stay
26/10/19The friendliest and most welcoming staff! Really accommodating and helpful offering advice on the best things to do in Portree. Facilities were clean and of a good standard. The view from the dining area and lounge is incredible!
25/10/19Auberge de jeunesse très bien placée dans le centre de Portree. Parking devant l'AJ. Nous avions une chambre double confortable avec douche chaude et toilettes privées. Bois recommandons cette AJ très bien placée sur l'île de Skye.
Ysé et Julia
18/09/19The staff was super friendly and created a relaxed and social atmosphere.
13/09/19Close to all town facilities. Onsite parking, fabulous views of the loch from the lounge. All a traveller needs. Lacks a good drying room at present! Handy in Scotland!!
09/09/19Fantastic location. Staff members Steve and Peter are real asset to the hostel. So very pleasant and helpful and they made us feel very welcome. Overall a very relaxing and pleasant experience. Hostel close to so many of Portree's facilities including the square where the buses drop. No shortage of eating places nearby.
Lorraine, Glasgow, Scotland
06/09/19Good place to stay.
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