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Stafford St, Helmsdale, KW8 6JR, Scotland

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Overall Rating 98%

From 18 Reviews

Hostel rating (18)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 100%
Cleanliness 99%
Location 97%
Security 97%
Service 98%
Comfort 96%
Green rating 96%

The hostel was renovated in 2018, providing 6 ensuite rooms sleeping up to 4 people. Large sort lounge with multifuel stove and open plan kitchen. Drying and laundry facilities, large garden and cycle shed available for guest use. The building is a former school gymnasium and many features have been retained. Scenic coastal village with regular sightings of seals and otters from harbour. Friendly village with plenty shops and restaurants.

  • Dorm
    From $31.28
  • Private
    From $87.58
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Helmsdale Hostel

Hostel Helmsdale

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Set in the small scenic village of Helmsdale, halfway between Inverness and John o'Groats. All rooms are ensuite and sleep up to 4 people including double room options. The hostel is an ideal base to explore this area and is prominent on The NC 500 route and Lands End to John O'Groats cycle and walking routes. The hostel has laundry and drying facilities and is ideal for cycling, coastal walks, hill walks and birdwatching. Helmsdale is a friendly and welcoming village just a 5 minute stroll and a variety of restaurants and shops, also a local Timespan Arts Centre.


Prices are non-member 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 16:00 and 22:00
  • Please contact hostel if arriving after 22:00
  • Children under the age of 1 are unable to be accommodated under all circumstances.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 16 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 16 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of _0 % of rates quoted is available to members on arrival.
  • Limited payment options apply at hostel check-in
  • Payment methods accepted at hostel are cash only in local currency.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Only parties of mixed sex may be accommodated in mixed (co-ed) dorms.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Games room
  • Garden


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Luggage Room
  • Luggage Room Availability - Available outside hostel reception times
  • Sports Equipment Storage
Opening times

Opening times

Open from 04 Mar to 31 Dec

From 07:00 to 11:00
From 14:00 to 22:00
From 16:00 to 21:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 07971 516287 /07971922356

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Timespan Heritage Centre (Less than 500 m)
  • Harbour (Less than 500 m)
  • Dunrobin Castle (More than 10km)

See the full list of attractions



Arrived here after cycling from Thurso. The host, Marie, was very friendly and welcoming, secured my bike for me and showed me around. Superb facilities and very comfortable rooms, modern and bright. Thank you for a very relaxing stay!


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Sun 21 Jul 2019

Fantastic hostel, cosy, modern with charm, spotlessly clean and a friendly welcome from Marie


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Sat 20 Jul 2019

Love this hostel, so friendly, so quiet and such nice people using it!


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Wed 10 Jul 2019

What a change with the renovation. Lovely rooms are comfortable friendly and helpful warden.


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Thu 04 Jul 2019


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (Less than 500m)
  • Golf course (500m - 1km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails
  • Museums / Art Galleries (500m - 1km)
  • Parks / Green Area (Less than 500m)
  • Restaurants (Less than 500m)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (Less than 500m)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500m)
  • Wooded Area (500m - 1km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

90km: Inverness 60km: Wick
200m: From Inverness and Thurso
80km: Scrabster
Alternate Transport
15km: North East of Brora Free parking next to the hostel
Free parking next to the hostel
500m: From Inverness and John O'Groats
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Scuba / Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Windsurfing
  • Abseiling
  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Orienteering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Scuba / Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Whale Watching
  • Windsurfing

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