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.
Facilities & Services
March - October (RentaHostel available all year)
08:00 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Late arrivals and access outside opening hours is available by prior arrangement.
Private Rooms Available
Family Rooms Available
Self Catering Kitchen
Access with limited mobility
Suitable for wheelchair users with assistance
Free Parking (nearby or onsite)
Great location for hiking. Amazing views.
I have stayed here before and will come back again. The facilities are exactly what you need from a hostel but the plus is that the manager(s) create such a friendly welcoming atmosphere. This makes the difference. Very beautiful, secluded but easy access to hills, Skye, Eilen Donan etc. Don't just drive on to Skye; spend some time here.
A lovely setting. Very well run and clean.
The hostel managers were friendly and helpful and a pleasure to meet.
Great hostel stunning location.
It is hard to find a more perfect location. Very friendly and helpful staff. Value for money? Right up there!
A clean and friendly hostel in an idyllic location.
Staff were very friendly and helpful. Beautiful setting.
Great place to stay, with a friendly helpful warden.
The Ratagan Youth Hostel staff were very accommodating to our family. We had to arrive late, but they made sure that we had a key and responded quickly to every email we sent. The hostel is in a beautiful spot. A great place to wake up and explore. It is reasonably priced, clean, quaint, and the staff are friendly and helpful. We would recommend it to anyone!
Ear buds for the dorm. Lots of snoring, middle aged guys :}
It's OK if you have a car. Make sure you have plenty of supplies with you. It's fine though...
BOB - Scotland
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.