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Gairloch Sands Youth Hostel

Gairloch, Gairloch Carn Dearg, IV21 2DJ, Scotland

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A former hunting lodge with spectacular views over the sea and mountains and a golden sandy beach on its doorstep.

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Gairloch Carn Dearg Hostel

Hostel Gairloch Carn Dearg

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

A lochside lodge, sitting on the northern shore of Loch Gairloch, with magnificent sea and mountain views and easy access to fantastic sandy beaches.

Gairloch Sands Youth Hostel is a great base for exploring the North West Highlands, offering 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 recently refurbished and well-equipped self-catering kitchen and dining room. The hostel is licensed so you can enjoy a beer, malt whisky or glass of wine while relaxing in the cosy lounge with panoramic views over Gairloch, the Torridon hills, Skye Cullins and outer Hebrides (on a good day)!

WiFi is free for all guests and other facilities include lockers, a laundry and a small drying room. Basic provisions, confectionery and soft drinks are available to purchase at reception and the nearest shop is only a five minute walk away. The hostel has onsite parking facilities for up to 13 cars.

Dogs are welcome at Gairloch Sands, 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 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
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
Opening times

Opening times

Open from 01 Apr to 19 Sept

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

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +44 (0)1445 712219

Fax. +44 (0)1786 891350

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Inverewe Garden (5 to 10km)
  • Torridon Hills (More than 10km)
  • Gairloch (1 to 2km)

See the full list of attractions



Stunning views


Avatar for barry


Fri 02 Aug 2019

Bei Buchung wurden 10 % für emembership vermerkt, diese Prozente würden uns verweigert. Wie kann das nachträglich erledigt werden. Zur Sicherheit: In der Küche wurde der Rauchmelder aktiviert, dies war im Rest des Hauses nicht zu hören.


Avatar for Lothar


Mon 02 Oct 2017

Pas assez de salle de bains et de toilettes Pas de chauffage dans la salle à manger alors qu'il faisait humide et froid


Avatar for virginie


Thu 17 Aug 2017

Un accueil vraiment convivial et gai, un plaisir ! Et la vue ( nous avons eu la chance d'admirer la pleine lune) est phénoménale, ce séjour fut un bonheur


Avatar for Géraldine


Wed 16 Aug 2017


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (Less than 500m)
  • Cycle trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Golf course (3 to 5km)
  • Gym (3 to 5km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (3 to 5km)
  • Local market (3 to 5km)
  • Mountainous Area (5 to 10km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (3 to 5km)
  • National / State Park (5 to 10km)
  • Parks / Green Area (3 to 5km)
  • Restaurants (3 to 5km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (3 to 5km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (3 to 5km)
  • Swimming pool (3 to 5km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (3 to 5km)
  • Wooded Area (3 to 5km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

90km to Inverness Airport
90km: To Gairloch from Inverness
70km to Ullapool port
Alternate Transport
5km: West of Gairloch Free at the hostel
Free parking is available at the hostel
30km to Achnasheen train station. 90km to Inverness station
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Mountain Biking
  • 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

Sustainability labels

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