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Isle of Islay - Port Charlotte SYHA

Port Charlotte, Islay, PA48 7TX, Scotland

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Overall Rating 97%

From 4 Reviews

Hostel rating (4)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 100%
Cleanliness 96%
Location 100%
Security 100%
Service 100%
Comfort 88%
Green rating 96%

An ideal base for exploring the 8 world class single malt whisky distilleries on Islay as well as long sandy beaches and towering cliffs.

  • Dorm
    From $27.99
  • Private
    From $68.57
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Islay Hostel

Hostel Islay

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Port Charlotte Youth Hostel is a tastefully converted Whisky Bonded Warehouse and is an ideal base for visiting all of Islay's highlights.

The hostel features a variety of room options to suit everyone’s preferences. Facilities include a spacious and well-equipped self-catering kitchen overlooking the bay and a common room with a TV and comfy furniture.

This charming hostel is situated in the village of Port Charlotte with its white-washed cottages numerous restaurants, eateries and tea and coffee spots. Enjoy the endless beaches on Islay; visit Museum of Island Life, 7 world class whisky distilleries, ancient chapels or Loch Gruinart RSPB Nature Reserve. A dedicated Wildlife Centre is based on the premises and the hostel provides extensive local information for visitors.


Prices are members' 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 17:00 and 22:00
  • Please contact hostel if arriving after 21:00
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 5 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.
  • Children under the age of 3 stay free.
  • 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.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden
  • TV room


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi - Charges Apply

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
Opening times

Opening times

Open from 25 Mar to 28 Sept

From 08:00 to 10:00
From 05:00 to 22:00
From 05:00 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +44 (0)1496 850385

Fax. +44 (0)1786 891350

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • 8 World class single malt whisky distilleries ()
  • Machir Bay (3 to 5km)
  • Kildalton Cross (More than 10km)

See the full list of attractions



Karl and Lorna are great - we remembered each other from my stay two years ago, and they are enthusiastic hosts.


Avatar for Allan


Sun 22 Apr 2018

The hosts at Port Charlotte bent over backwards to make our stay comfortable . They called a restaurant for us , called a yarn and wool shop for us , offered to change a room To 2 twins rather than a Bunk and were generally super kind and helpful . It's a beautiful location .


Avatar for Rick


Wed 20 Sep 2017

Sehr freundliche Leitung


Avatar for Heinz-Wilhelm


Tue 30 May 2017

Sehr schön und ein großes Dankeschön an das Team dort!


Avatar for Carsten


Wed 03 May 2017

Super séjour à Port Charlotte ! Acceuil très chaleureux ; personnel très disponible. Le salon regorgent de documentation sur la faune et la flore locale et les actvités à faire sur lîle. Les adeptes d'ornitho peuvent même louer des jumelles à la journée. Drying room avec machine à laver : bien utile ! Belle vue sur le loch Indaal depuis les pièces communes. Seule AJ de l'île, c'est bien dommage, car avec le peu de bus qui circulent, elle se trouve assez loin de la majorité des distilleries.


Avatar for Salomé


Thu 19 May 2016


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails (5 to 10km)
  • Golf course (More than 10km)
  • Gym (More than 10km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (500m - 1km)
  • Mountainous Area (More than 10km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (At or next to the hostel)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (Less than 500m)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (At or next to the hostel)
  • Swimming pool (More than 10km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500m)
  • Wooded Area (More than 10km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

20km to Islay Airport
500m to bus stop. No Sunday buses and no bus to meet evening ferry contact hostel for taxi information
Port Askaig - 20km. Port Ellen - 25 km
Parking is available to the left of the hostel

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