Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel
Our small, remote, rustic hostel is in wonderful surroundings, just a short walk to a legendary white sand beach listed in the Good Beach Guide.
This former school building and cottage have been tastefully transformed into a 35-bed hostel, with rooms of various sizes including one family dorm-room and one shower. We recommend you bring food with you so you can cook in our self-catering kitchen with three hobs, a fridge, oven, microwave and more.
There's no internet and limited mobile phone coverage, so you can get away from it all. If you need it, there's a public telephone just two minutes away.
In the summertime there is a beach chip shop open, while fresh local produce is available nearby all year. The closest shop and pub is four miles away, in Lochinver.
There is an abundance of wildlife to watch, unrivalled coastal walks and a pace of life that relaxes and unwinds. Unforgettable sunsets are practically guaranteed.
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Hostel Facilities & Policies
- Breakfast Not Included
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Free Parking
- Self-Catering Facilities
- Linen Included
- Meals Available
- Non Smoking
- Pet Friendly
- Reception (limited hours)
- Tours/Travel Desk
- Towels For Hire
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 3 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
Must-Read Hostel InfoThis property has specific Terms & Conditions.
SYHA is a charity aiming to inspire all, especially young people, to broaden their horizons, gain knowledge and independence through new experiences of adventure and discovery. In support of this aim, all bookings will include a temporary membership fee per person per night which is displayed as an inclusive rate. (Full, existing members of SYHA and HI using this booking engine are not entitled to a membership refund).
Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel reception is open 08.00-10.00 and 17.00-22.00, with check-in from 17.00 and checkout by 10.00. The hostel is closed between 10.00-17.00, though if you contact us in advance we may be able to arrange access.
From the age of 5 to 15 years, young people must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and may be accommodated in a single-gendered shared room with the parent or guardian and other guests, at the discretion and responsibility of the parent or guardian. The young person/people, the parent/guardian and the other occupants of the room must be of the same gender.
SYHA advise that additional notice be given to the destination youth hostel when travelling with children, to ensure that suitable accommodation is available. Contact details can be found on your booking confirmation.
Parties with young children (under 5 years) will only be accommodated in designated family rooms, where available. There is no capacity for extra beds or cots in a shared dormitory or private accommodation.
When booking for more than 9 people:
• Full prepayment is required within 8 weeks of arrival as otherwise the booking will automatically be cancelled
• The following cancellation charges will apply to the entire booking:
57 days or more - 20% of total cost
56 to 29 days - 55% of total cost
28 to day of arrival - 100% of total cost
No stag or hen parties are permitted at any youth hostel.
SYHA does not accept American Express cards as payment or guarantee.
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By bus: (please note that there are no buses to or from the youth hostel on Sundays)
Inverness to Ullapool
Mon-Fri: (#67 or 61), Sat: (#67)
Ullapool to Achmelvich Beach:
Mon-Fri: winter period 22/4 - 22/5 (#67)
Mon-Fri: summer period 23/4 - 1/10 (#67)
Mon-Fri on non-schooldays only (#67)
Ullapool to Lochinver
Mon-Fri on schooldays only (#167)
*From Lochinver a taxi can be taken to Achmelvich Beach
Royal Mail Postbus Lairg to Lochinver:
Mon-Sat: Dep. 12.20 - Arr. 13.50
(no service on Sunday)
By train: Inverness to Lairg, Mon-Sat
* connects with Royal Mail Postbus, limited seats available (8)
* no connecting Postbus service on Sunday
* from Lochinver a taxi can be taken to Achmelvich Beach
From Ullapool - take the A835 northwards, left (Ledmore Junction) on the A837 and then just before Lochinver turn right to the B869 for 2 miles and then left for 1 mile following the YH signs. Drive all the way around to the Beach Car Park
From Lochinver - the youth hostel is four miles NW of Lochinver. Up the hill and turn left onto the B869 for 2 miles and then left for 1 mile following the youth hostel signs. Drive all the way around to the Beach Car Park.
On foot: from Lochinver take the Baddidarrach footpath to Achmelvich Beach. This route has spectacular views and takes an hour to an hour-and-a-half, approximately 3.5 miles. Not suitable for a trolley bag or suitcase!
Lochinver is the closest village, four miles away.
Ullapool is one hour's drive south.
The youth hostel is a great starting point for climbing hills like Suilven, Stac Pollaidh, Quinag and Canisp.
There are also many places to visit nearby by car or on foot including Achmelvich Beach, Sandwood Bay, the Bone Caves, the Split Rock at Clachtoll, the Old man of Stoer, Culag woods, Handa Island and many, many more amazing places...