Ratagan Youth Hostel

About About this youth hostel

Ratagan Youth Hostel has been described as having one of the best locations in Scotland due to its beautiful loch-side garden and the stony beach directly in front of the hostel.

Small and intimate, in a stunning location surrounded by mountains, lochs and forests, but just off the main road with a bus stop nearby, it's easily accessible all year round.

Ratagan Youth Hostel offers excellent value group and budget accommodation in multi-share rooms but also has small private rooms for families. Facilities include a self-catering kitchen, bike shed, laundry and drying room, small on-site shop, luggage storage area, free WiFi, an alcohol license and helpful staff.

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Ratagan Youth Hostel

Based on guest review ratings
Glenshiel, Kyle, Ross-shire IV40 8HP Get Directions

Facilities & Services


March - October (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 arrivals and access outside opening hours is available by prior arrangement.


Free Wifi

Private Rooms Available

Family Rooms Available

Catering Available

Lounge Area

Self Catering Kitchen

Alcohol Licence

Laundry Room

Drying Room

Secure Lockers

Bike Store

Access with limited mobility

Suitable for wheelchair users with assistance

Free Parking (nearby or onsite)

Guest Reviews

Reasons to visit

Ratagan Youth Hostel enjoys a stunning loch-side location and boasts an amazing view of the Five Sisters of Kintail mountain range from its sitting room.

Popular with cyclists, the Mam Ratagan Pass is a scenic hill road to Glenelg where you can catch the historic turntable ferry to Skye. This fabulous little ferry is one of a kind and simply the best way to travel to Skye. The short crossing provides magnificent views and the enthusiastic crew are always happy to tell you about the local wildlife, scenery and the ferry's history.

Low level scrambles and ridge walks are all within easy reach of the hostel and the garden is ideal for launching kayaks where you can take to the water to explore famous local landmarks such as Eilean Donan Castle.

There are plenty of Munros to tackle in the local area and The Falls of Glomach, one of the highest and most remote waterfalls in Britain, is within easy reach.

For wildlife enthusiasts, otters, seals and porpoises can often be seen from the garden and deer roam the surrounding hillsides. 

Charter a fishing boat or let someone else do the hard work while you kick back and enjoy some fresh local shellfish at the Glenelg Inn or Sheena's famous tea hut.