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Durness Smoo SYHA

Smoo, Lairg, Durness, IV27 4QA, Scotland

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Overall Rating 91%

From 3 Reviews

Hostel rating (3)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 92%
Cleanliness 88%
Location 100%
Security 88%
Service 96%
Comfort 84%
Green rating 92%

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 are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


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



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden


  • 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 Apr to 07 Sept

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)1971 511264

Fax. +44 (0)1786 891350

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



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Avatar for Gemma


Sat 30 Sep 2017

J'ai adoré loger si près des falaises et profiter du coucher de soleil. La douche est certes unique mais agréable et propre, ça me convient tout à fait. C'est plutôt pittoresque de traverser la cour pour rejoindre les salles communes, j'aime. Salon confortable


Avatar for Géraldine


Wed 16 Aug 2017

A great place to get away from it all.


Avatar for Colin


Sun 16 Jul 2017

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.


Avatar for 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.


Avatar for George


Mon 05 Sep 2016


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

190km from Inverness Airport
1km fom Lairg from Ullapool (Summer only)
70km from Ullapool or Scrabster
Parking free at hostel
80km from Lairg

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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