Durness Smoo Youth Hostel
Durness Smoo offers a true hostelling experience in simple and relaxed accommodation, surrounded by a wild and spectacular landscape.
From the youth hostel you can venture out to explore mountains, sea cliffs, beaches and waterfalls. On a clear night the starry skies are incredible - especially if you’re fortunate enough to see the Northern Lights. A refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, John Lennon himself holidayed in Durness for many years.
Local attractions include the infamous Smoo Cave (just beside the youth hostel), Cape Wrath, Handa Island and Balnakiel Craft Village (only a short distance away). Hill walkers will love Foinaven, Ben Hope, Ben Loyal and Cranstackie and, for those wishing simply to relax, Balnakiel Beach and Faraid Head are beautiful sandy beaches with large sand dunes to explore.
The hostel is relaxed and friendly, providing a simple base from which to explore the area on a budget. There are multi-share and private rooms, a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, drying room and cosy lounge heated by a coal-burning stove.
Dogs are now welcome at Durness Smoo, for a small fee, when guests book a private room. Please notify us in advance to ensure that a dog friendly room is allocated.
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Hostel Facilities & Policies
- Bicycle parking
- Child Friendly
- Common Room
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Free Parking
- Free WiFi
- Self-Catering Facilities
- Linen Included
- No Curfew
- Non Smoking
- Reception (limited hours)
- 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.
please note check in is from 5pm to 11pm and check out by 10am.
***Please note our Group booking policy:
• When booking for more than 9 persons, different policies and additional supplements will apply
• Please note that no stag or hen parties are permitted at any youth hostel.
• Full payment will be required within 8 weeks of arrival as otherwise the booking will automatically be cancelled
• Full SYHA Hostelling Scotland Terms and Conditions will apply and be issued to all group bookings.
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Bus: Late April to late September, Monday to Saturday, D&E Coaches leave Inverness at 08.50, arriving in Durness at 14.00
During July and August the service also runs on Sundays. Buses will drop you off at the youth hostel on request
Monday to Saturday, Scotrail services depart Inverness for Wick/Thurso at 07.14 and 10.39, connecting at Lairg with the Royal Mail post buses for onward travel to Durness
Car: Durness is on the A894 from Ullapool, and the A838 from Tongue.
Foot: Walk along the A894 from Durness village going towards Tongue. After 1 mile the youth hostel is on the left.
Sandwood Bay (10 miles)
Smoo Cave (nearby)
Cape Wrath (12 miles)
Handa Island RSPB Reserve (15 miles)