Gairloch Sands Youth Hostel
Gairloch Sands Youth Hostel is a cosy former hunting lodge built in the 1880s. It sits on the northern shore of Loch Gairloch with magnificent sea and mountain views and local sandy beaches.
Gairloch Sands is one of the oldest youth hostels in the SYHA network and a popular choice with groups, families and individual travellers looking for budget accommodation. It's also a stop-off point for many cyclists exploring the West Coast and journeying to or from Skye.
With wonderful panoramic views over Gairloch and the Torridon hills, the youth hostel is one of the top five Scottish Marine Life Watch destinations. Boat trips to watch whales and dolphins are available in the village, which also boasts fine pubs, coffee shops, restaurants, fresh seafood, a weekly market, an award-winning heritage museum, visitors centre and leisure centre.
As well as being convenient for the famous Inverewe Garden there are many fine mountains only a short drive away, including Beinn Eighe, Britain’s first National Nature Reserve, and the Torridon range. Other local activities include pony trekking, kayaking, fishing, golf and traditional distilling.
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Hostel Facilities & Policies
- Bicycle parking
- Board Games
- Book Exchange
- Child Friendly
- Common Room
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Free Parking
- Hot Showers
- Self-Catering Facilities
- Laundry Facilities
- Linen Included
- Meals Available
- No Curfew
- Non Smoking
- Steam Room
- Taxes included
- Towels For Hire
- Washing Machine
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 :
Cancellation policy : 72h
Check in : 17.00
Check out : 10.00
Credit cards accepted on arrival
Breakfast not included
***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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From Inverness Bus Station, Westerbus - one bus daily (except Sunday) at 1720. D+E Coaches - one bus daily (including Sunday) at 0740. Ask for Strath Post Office. Youth hostel 2.5 miles along road towards Melvaig.
From Ullapool Pier, Rapsons Coaches - one bus daily (Mon - Fri) at 1100. Ask for Gairloch Pier.
Closest rail station is Inverness, then take bus as above.
Take the B8021 (opposite Grocery Store) for 3 miles towards Melvaig. Youth hostel is next to the road.
As well as fine golden sand beaches and a turquoise sea there are many mountains only a short drive away, including the Torridon range and Beinn Eighe, Britain's first National Nature Reserve. The local village boasts fine pubs, coffee shops and restaurants as well as an award-winning heritage museum. Fresh seafood and whale and wildlife cruises are available from the harbour. The area has many scenic walks and spectacular scenery and we are conveniently located for Inverewe Gardens.