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Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel

Recharn, Lairg, Achmelvich, IV27 4JB, Scotland

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A traditional and remote rustic youth hostel situated just 300 metres from legendary white sandy beaches.

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Achmelvich Hostel

Hostel Achmelvich

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel sits on the NC500, beside a beautiful, sheltered white sandy beach, close to the iconic mountain of Suilven.

This small and friendly hostel provides a relaxing base to explore miles of unspoilt coastline and discover quiet secluded beaches, crystal clear waters and abundant wildlife.

The hostel offers guests three comfortable private rooms and spacious shared accommodation with private lockers. Guests can enjoy a ‘Wee Breakfast’ of cereal, Scottish yogurt, fresh fruit, tea and coffee; or take advantage of the recently refurbished and well-equipped self-catering kitchen to prepare their own.

Other facilities include a cosy dining area with wood burning stove, a laundry and small shop in reception selling basic provisions, soft drinks and snacks. There is no WiFi because of the hostel’s remote location. Free parking is available close by.

Dogs are welcome at Achmelvich Beach, for a small fee, when booking a private room. Please notify us in advance to ensure that there’s a dog friendly room available.


Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 12 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • A non-member supplement of GBP 3.00 per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Car parking nearby
  • Car Parking Nearby Distance - At or next to the hostel
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Laundry Facilities
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 08:00 to 10:00
From 17:00 to 22:00
From 17:00 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +44 (0)1571 844480

Fax. +44 (0)1786 891350

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Achmelvich Beach (At or next to the hostel)
  • Hermitt's Castle (Europes Smallest Castle) (500m to 1km)
  • Suilven Mountain (5 to 10km)

See the full list of attractions



Fabulous place. Friendly welcome.


Avatar for Hazel


Sun 08 Sep 2019

Wonderful place to stay. My only regret was that, due to other commitments, I could not stay longer


Avatar for Ewen


Wed 04 Jul 2018

Hi Ewen Thanks for the great review and its good to see that you had a wonderful time, We hope to welcome you back soon. Regards Dan

Manager avatar

Dan Osborne, Hostel Operations Manager

Fri 06 Jul 2018

Es wurden uns die 10% emembership verweigert Es sollten die Toiletten getrennt werden für männlich und weiblich, dafür könnte der Waschraum im Nebengebäude verkleinert werden.


Avatar for Lothar


Mon 02 Oct 2017

La localisation, c'est vraiment chouette de pouvoir profiter de cet environnement !


Avatar for Géraldine


Wed 16 Aug 2017

Liegt sehr abgelegen an einem schönen Sandstrand. Wer Ruhe und Natur braucht und einer einfachen Unterbringung gegenüber nicht abgeneigt ist landet hier einen Treffer. Uns hat es sehr gefallen.


Avatar for Franco


Thu 27 Apr 2017


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails
  • Distance to Gym (At or next to the hostel)
  • Hiking / Walking trails
  • Mountainous Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Parks / Green Area
Getting to us

Getting to us

163km from Airport. Take Bus #3 via Ullapool (not available on Sundays).
Buss #67 or #61 from Inverness to Ullapool (Sat: bus #67). #67 from Ullapool to Achmelvich Beach.
63km to Ullapool by bus (not on Sundays).
Alternate Transport
5.5km North of Lochinver Free at the hostel
Free parking at hostel.
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Windsurfing

Sustainability initiatives


  • Low carbon activities
  • Public transportation is promoted
  • Environmental cleaning


  • Energy saving lights
  • Energy efficiency appliances


  • Working with local community
  • Mission-based activities
  • Educational programs


  • Recycling areas
  • Composting


  • Water savers in toilet

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