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Durness Smoo SYHA

Smoo, Lairg, Durness, IV27 4QA, Scotland

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Overall Rating 77%

From 12 Reviews

Hostel rating (12)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 80%
Cleanliness 78%
Location 90%
Security 73%
Service 78%
Comfort 63%
Green rating 82%

A true hostelling experience in simple but relaxed accommodation, surrounded by a wild and spectacular landscape.

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Durness Hostel

Hostel Durness

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Surrounded by wild and spectacular landscape Durness SYHA hostel has a warm and friendly atmosphere. With its cliff-top location, magnificent wildlife and Smoo Cave within easy reach, it’s a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

There are both multi-shared and private rooms, a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, drying room and cosy lounge which is heated by a coal-burning stove.

This hostel is great for relaxation, walks along the beautiful beaches and sand dunes or up Ben Hope - Scotland’s most Northerly Munro. Hill walkers will also love Foinaven, Ben Loyal and Cranstackie and for those wishing simply to relax Balnakiel Beach and Faraid Head are beautiful sandy beaches and large sand dunes to be explored.

Prices

Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night

Beds

Private - Per room per night

Rooms

Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 17:00 and 22:00
  • Please contact hostel if arriving after 22:00
  • 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 per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout

Facilities

Facilities

Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden

Accessibility

  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Car parking nearby
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
Opening times

Opening times

Open from 11/04/2017 to 07/09/2017

Reception:
From 08:00 to 10:00
From 17:00 to 22:00
Check-in:
From 17:00 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +44 (0)1971 511264

Fax. +44 (0)1786 891350

durness@syha.org.uk

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Cape Wrath. Take the ferry to the remote headland. (3 to 5km)
  • Smoo Cave. Large sea cave and waterfall. (At or next to the hostel)
  • Balnakeil Beach and Faraid Head (2 to 3km)

See the full list of attractions

Reviews

Reviews

This is a beautiful place that by it's very nature cannot offer the comfort that maybe a newly built hostel in a city might have. But that is part of its charme, and it suits the guests' needs with a well-equipped kitchen, a cozy common area etc.

77%

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Marco,

Sat 17 Sep 2016

We found Ian to be extremely rude, running away from us rather than stopping to chat when we arrived, making sarcastic comments when we asked where the bike shed was and becoming angry when one of our party had attempted to fix the broken wifi. The hostel is basic but fine as a base for outdoor pursuits; it's just a shame that the member of staff who was there during our stay made our experience so unpleasant.

50%

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George,

Mon 05 Sep 2016

It was just a wonderful stay!!

97%

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Roland,

Sun 28 Aug 2016

Une impression d'être au bout du monde dans un havre de paix. Auberge rustique (anciens baraquements militaires aux murs humides) mais salle commune très bien organiése et sympathique.

93%

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Louis,

Sun 28 Aug 2016

Choses à améliorer : dortoirs trop grands et seulement deux douches pour l'ensemble de l'auberge.

77%

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Aurelie,

Sun 28 Aug 2016

Location

Location
Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (Less than 500m)
  • Cycle trails (Less than 500m)
  • Golf course (3 to 5km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (Less than 500m)
  • Mountainous Area (500m - 1km)
  • Restaurants (500m - 1km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (1 to 2km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (1 to 2km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Airport
190km from Inverness Airport
Bus
1km fom Lairg from Ullapool (Summer only)
Ferry/Boat
70km from Ullapool or Scrabster
Car
Parking free at hostel
Rail
80km from Lairg

Sustainability initiatives

Air

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

Energy

  • Energy saving lights
  • Energy efficiency appliances

People

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

Waste

  • Recycling areas
  • Composting

Water

  • Water savers in toilet

Sustainability labels

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