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Stafford St, Helmsdale, KW8 6JR, Scotland

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Overall Rating 95%

From 5 Reviews

Hostel rating (5)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 100%
Cleanliness 96%
Location 92%
Security 96%
Service 96%
Comfort 92%
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 $32.48
  • Private
    From $90.94
10 or more people?

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



What a lovely comfortable, welcoming place


Avatar for Kathleen


Sun 14 Apr 2019

Very friendly staff and a beautiful hostel! Thanks to Babs for the good care. :-)


Avatar for Chris


Sat 13 Apr 2019

Ich war nur eine Nacht in Helmsdale und der einzige Gast, insofern wurde die schön zusammengelegte und neu renovierte Küche/Gemeinschaftsraum nicht wirklich gut genutzt ;-) Könnte mir das Hostel auch sehr gut für eine Gruppe vorstellen, die das ganze Hostel bucht.


Avatar for Tania


Tue 18 Sep 2018

Beautifully clean, bright and airy rooms.Great welcoming customer service, free fruit, tea+ coffee. Hot shower. Only improvement for ease of travellers would be to accept card payment


Avatar for Kayleigh


Wed 12 Sep 2018

Una instalación perfecta, la amabilidad y las ganas de ayudar de Marie son excepcionales.


Avatar for Jordi


Tue 21 Aug 2018


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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