Ullapool 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.
From its spectacular seafront location on the NC500, Ullapool Youth Hostel offers wonderful, ever-changing views over Loch Broom and the Beinn Dearg mountain range.
Perfect for groups, families and individual travellers, this warm and welcoming hostel offers guests a variety of room types, all of which can be booked as private rooms and there are ample shower and washroom facilities.
Guests can opt for continental breakfast served in the dining room with views over the harbour (please remember to pre-book), or take advantage of the well-equipped self-catering kitchen. Packed lunches are available for groups of 5+ if booked in advance. The hostel is licensed so guests can relax with a craft beer or glass of wine in one of the hostels 2 comfortable lounges, both enjoying views over the loch. WiFi access is free for all guests and other facilities include an excellent laundry and drying room and cycle storage for up to 15 bikes.
The hostel is within easy reach of local shops, bars and fine restaurants serving fresh local produce.
The bus station with connections to Inverness is only 300m away and you can catch a boat to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis from the nearby ferry terminal.
Book now and discover one of the prettiest fishing villages in the Highlands.
Ullapool is a dog-friendly hostel. If you would like to book yourself and your dog into the hostel, please phone the hostel direct on +44 (0) 1854 612 254 to check availability. There is a small charge of £5 per night for your dog when staying in our hostels.
The hostel is also available for exclusive private rental.
For information on hostel accessibility please click here
- Friendly, helpful staff
- Spectacular seafront location
- Secure lockers
- Private rooms available
- Dog friendly rooms available
Facilities & Services
April to October (RentaHostel available all year)
08:00-10:00 and 16:30-22:30
16:30 - 22:30
08:00 - 10:00
Late check in is available on request and by prior arrangement. The hostel is closed between 10:30-16:30. The lounge area is usually available for guests until midday
En Suite Rooms
Free Tea and Coffee in Guest Kitchen
Pet Dogs Welcome
17/10/21We had a one night comfortable stay. All the local restaurants were fully-booked but there is an excellent fish and chip shop nearby with vegie options and bringing a take-away back to the hostel keeps costs down.
14/10/21Faultless, despite unavoidable restricted access to kitchen facilities, our stay was fantastic.
06/10/21Excellent facilities. Great staff - helpful and accommodating with short notice changes.
Graham from Hampshire
05/10/21Really enjoyed my stay. Staff very helpful and friendly, hostel was clean and comfortable.
30/09/21Great hostel, fine location and the friendliest staff imaginable
23/09/21Great location ,friendly staff ,good experience
23/09/21Great hostel. Location and facilities are excellent and we were well looked after by the wardens. We could not use the kitchen due to Covid restrictions but hopefully the rules will be relaxed soon.
18/09/21Enjoyable stay. Clean and friendly. Great location.
18/09/21All staff super helpful and very pleasant
02/09/21A great experience, very well organised. The warden was very helpful and had some local knowledge. Car parking was easy outside the hostel. We took a boat trip to the Summer Isles and saw a lot of wildlife and this we can recommend from Ullapool. Breakfast was well organised and very good. In the current covid situation we felt safe in the hostel.
28/08/21Really lovely hostel. Friendly, cosy and welcoming. We really enjoyed our stay thank you.
26/08/21We had a very warm welcome when we arrived and a lovely sea view from our room and from the dining room. Being able to buy beer from Reception was a bonus as it was raining so hard. The breakfast was served out and all fresh, including a pot of tea and a cafetiere of coffee - fabulous - none of the plastic packed breakfast of other hostels. Highly recommended just for the cost, 'proper hostel' feel.
15/08/21I stayed in several hostels over a 2 week trip to Scotland and this was by far the best! Amazing view of the harbour from the room. Clean, quiet, comfortable - just perfect! I will be back!
10/08/21Very helpful staff. Great location and able to park motorbikes just outside on main street (get there by 4pm and should be no problem). Clean and tidy. Comfortable beds.
10/08/21Lovely peopleAmazing location
09/08/21Cannot fault our stay at Ullapool YH. A perfect stop-over to lay your head down before getting the Lewis ferry the next morning. Staff were pleasant and chatty. Toilets and showers clean and in good order. Continental breakfast was plentiful, convenient and great value.
04/08/21Great stay. We got in early and the staff were very friendly. Men's showers were a little unpredictable!
01/08/21This is a great place to stay if you are looking for a clean and well-priced bed for the night. We got a really friendly welcome, and there is always a bit of a community with places like this. There is a nice communal room and they offer good local beer and cider at a reasonable price. Overall I would recommend it. My only criticism would be a very squeaky bed in room one!
25/07/21Great experience! They make sure that you have the best time possible. Thanks :)
22/07/21From check in to check out the whole experience was great. The hostel is right on the shore front, so getting to bars, cafes etc is easy. The staff were brilliant and knowledgeable and the breakfast the next morning was lovely. Definitely recommend.
21/07/21Fantastic as always Tom, Debbie & Jules so helpful and accommodating The atmosphere at the hostel is great and super clean, have already booked again
Andy Chigwell school
19/07/21All staff gave us very competent and friendly welcome/service/information. Our twin room and the beds were small but everything was neat, clean and working. The beds were made up and towels provided. The flowers outside the window and the recycling bin in the room were appreciated. The bathrooms were kept spotless throughout our stay. The wee breakfast and the packed lunch were both very good value. Super location near pubs, cafes and shops and also the mountains we came for. Will come again!
Chris and Mary
12/07/21Great location in Ullapool. Friendly and helpful wardens,nothing is too much bother. Breakfast was great value.
05/07/21Ullapool hostel staff are the happiest and friendliest I've met - which isn't surprising because they live in such a beautiful part of the world.
04/07/21Fitted in at short notice, staff very helpful, will definitely return next time I'm in the area.
25/06/21We had a great stay at the Ullapool youth hostel. It was perfect as a stop-off for us as we cycled the North Coast 500. There was bike storage, laundry was easy to sort out and the staff were generally very helpful. It's also in a great location on the seafront - we had a room looking out at the water which was really nice.
24/06/21Brilliant location. Very friendly welcome. Perfect for what we wanted. Would definitely stay again.
17/06/21Excellent position. Brilliant staff who did everything to ensure comfort and safety of visitors. Cleaner than my own house!!!
16/06/21Stopped right on seafront with best mate and my 2x Fenchies who just loved it all, except the people with face masks on... Pub within minutes walk outside,great, Seafood shack 5mins walk, awesome and Staff we're ace on tips and advice etcBack on the motorbike next time!
Ralph - Wolves
16/06/21Welcoming staff. No use of kitchen due to Covid. But sit in the dining areas with food or drink. Decent WiFi. Fabulous location on the lochside, close to shops and restaurants.
Reasons to visit
Ullapool is one of the prettiest fishing villages in the Highlands and has a plentiful supply of local restaurants and bars, a leisure centre, swimming pool, museum and theatre. It's easy to spend time in this vibrant Highland community with regular music nights, festivals, cultural and arts events. A host of activities are available in the local area - ask our team for advice.
Ullapool Youth Hostel sits on the famous North Coast 500 and provides an excellent base for exploring the North West Highlands with its iconic mountain scenery, beaches, sea lochs and islands. Ferries leave daily for Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis and there are cruises to visit the Summer Isles.
Established by two local lassies in 2016, the Seafood Shack is well worth a visit for a high quality local takeaway, freshly caught and landed by local fishermen.
Other attractions worth exploring include:
- Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve
- Corrieshalloch Gorge
- The Bone Caves
- Stac Pollaidh mountain
- Ullapool Hill