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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 cosy former hunting lodge located next to the sea with good facilities and wonderful views over Gairloch and the Torridon Mountains. With sandy beaches nearby and boat trips to watch whales and dolphins, there’s lots to see and do. Gairloch also boasts fine pubs, coffee shops and local seafood., Gairloch Carn Dearg Youth Hostel is a cosy former hunting lodge situated on the northern shore of Loch Gairloch with magnificent sea and mountain views.

Built in the 1880's this is one of the oldest Youth Hostels within the Hostelling Scotland network. Gairloch Carn Dearg Youth Hostel is a popular choice with groups, families and individual travellers looking for budget accommodation and a popular stop-off point for many cyclists. We are an ideal place to explore the West Coast or to rest on a journey to or from Skye.

Gairloch Carn Dearg offers a good range of facilities including an excellent dining room, a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, laundry and both multi-share and private bedrooms. The most commented on feature by our guests is the lounge which boasts stunning panoramic views of the Torridon hills and Loch Gairloch.

There are excellent sandy beaches on our doorstep and boat trips to watch whales and dolphins are available in the village. Gairloch is one of the top five Scottish Marine Life Watch destinations with dolphins, whales, otters and other wildlife spotted from the Youth Hostel. The village also boasts fine pubs, coffee shops, restaurants, fresh seafood, a weekly market, an award-winning heritage museum, visitors centre and leisure centre.

As well as being convenient for the famous Inverewe Garden there are also many fine mountains only a short drive away, including Beinn Eighe, Britain’s first National Nature Reserve, and the Torridon range. Other local activities include pony trekking, kayaking, fishing, golf and traditional distilling.


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
  • Internet Cafe Nearby
  • Internet Cafe Distance - 2 to 3km

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

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