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Port Charlotte Islay Youth Hostel

Port Charlotte, Islay, PA48 7TX, Scotland

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An ideal base for exploring Islay's sandy beaches and towering cliffs - as well as eight world class single malt whisky distilleries!

10 or more people?

Islay Hostel

Hostel Islay

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Housed in a former distillery warehouse in the centre of the village, Port Charlotte Youth Hostel sits next to a safe sandy beach and boasts wonderful sea views.

Perfect for groups, families and individual travellers, this spacious and friendly hostel offers a range of comfortable room types, all able to be booked as private rooms. None of the rooms are en-suite but there are ample shower and washroom facilities available.

Guests can opt for breakfast served in the dining room, or take advantage of the modern, well-equipped self-catering kitchen. The hostel is licensed, so guests can enjoy a beer, malt whisky or glass of wine while relaxing in the large, comfortable lounge with TV, well-stocked bookcase and stunning sea views.

WiFi is free for all guests and other facilities include a laundry, drying room, secure cycle storage for up to 30 bikes and onsite parking for up to six cars. If the car park is full, it’s possible to park on the adjacent roadside.

Basic provisions, confectionery and soft drinks are available to purchase at reception.

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 3.00 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

  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Car parking nearby
  • Car Parking Nearby Distance - Less than 500 m
  • 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 ()
  • Museum of Islay Life (At or next to the hostel)
  • 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)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (500m - 1km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (Less than 500m)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (Less than 500m)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (At or next to the hostel)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500m)
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
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Walking / Hiking

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