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Durness Smoo Youth Hostel

Smoo, Lairg, Durness, IV27 4QA, Scotland

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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

Sitting on the famous NC500, surrounded by a wild and spectacular landscape, Durness Smoo offers a true hostelling experience in simple, relaxed and welcoming accommodation.

A refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the hostel is an ideal base for exploring the local area, and offers guests a range of comfortable private and shared rooms. None of the rooms are en-suite but ample shower and washroom facilities are available.

Guests can opt for a ‘Wee Breakfast’ of cereal, Scottish yogurt, fresh fruit, tea and coffee, or take advantage of the well-equipped self-catering kitchen. The hostel is licensed so you can enjoy a local ale, malt whisky or glass of wine while relaxing in the hostel’s cosy lounge with its coal-burning stove.

WiFi is free for all guests and other facilities include a small drying room and secure cycle storage. Basic provisions, confectionery and soft drinks are available to purchase at reception and local shops are only a 15 minute walk away.

The hostel has parking facilities for up to six cars and guests are welcome to use the car park at the nearby Smoo Caves, one of the area’s most spectacular attractions.

On a clear night the starry skies are incredible and if you’re lucky you might even catch the Northern Lights.

Dogs are welcome at Durness Smoo, for a small fee, when guests book a private room. Please notify us in advance to ensure there is a dog friendly room available.

The hostel is also available for exclusive private rental.


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 - Internet Access

  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Car parking nearby
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Storage
  • 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. (500m to 1km)
  • Balnakeil Beach and Faraid Head (3 to 5km)

See the full list of attractions



aucune isolation et des installations tres vieilles ! nous avons subi un groupe d'italiens horrible qui a mis la pagaille bien après minuit


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Thu 29 Aug 2019

Stayed during our cycle of the 500. Just what we needed.


Avatar for Tony


Fri 14 Jun 2019

No suggestions


Avatar for Gemma


Sat 30 Sep 2017

Thanks for the review. Regards Dan

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Dan Osborne, Hostel Operations Manager

Mon 02 Oct 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

Thanks for the review Regards Dan

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Dan Osborne, Hostel Operations Manager

Fri 18 Aug 2017


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)
  • Restaurants (500m - 1km)
  • Distance to 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
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

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

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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