Helmsdale Hostel, Sutherland, Scotland

You are here

  • Weekly price
    from £ 2800
  • 2 night weekend
    from £ 1000
  • 3 night weekend
    from £ 1500
  • Midweek per night
    from £ 500

Joined us:

Property Type: 
Quirky hostel sleeping 24, with exclusive or shared use, for walking holidays and friends get togethers in Sutherland

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends.
Helmsdale Hostel, Sutherland, Scotland, sleeps 10-24 in 6 bedrooms.

Helmsdale Hostel is located in the coastal village of Helmsdale, Sutherland and is a 5 minute walk to the main street which has a number of shops, restaurants, pubs and the local Timespan museum which regularly hosts events. Helmsdale Highland Games are held every August.

The building, a former school gymnasium, is an extremely individual structure. All refurbishments (last phase 2018) have been sympathetic to this retaining some of the features. The unusual and quirky nature of the building generates lots of interest from our guests. The hostel is available with exclusive or shared use.

Between 4 to 24 people can be accommodated within 6 en suite rooms, a mix of double and bunk beds, allowing a combination of single, twin or double occupancies. There is an open plan kitchen and spacious dining/lounge area with a multi-fuel stove and gas central heating throughout, and free BT WiFi coverage in all areas of the hostel. In addition there are 2 drying rooms and laundry facilities. The large garden area has a drying green and a secure bicycle shed. Car parking is free at the roadside next to the hostel.

Helmsdale Hostel is an excellent base from which to discover the areas of Sutherland and Caithness, both on the coast and exploring inland into the most remote and dramatic landscapes in Scotland. The Hostel is within range of some of the most challenging far north Graham and Marilyn Hills such as Morven, Scaraben and Bhein Dhorain, which offer all year round walking. You can also access stages of the new John O'Groats trail with public transport back to the hostel. Also situated on the world renowned salmon river.

Day trips from the hostel include Dunrobin Castle with its informative falconry display, Clynelish Distillery and visitor centre or try your hand at Gold Panning at Baile an Or. Spectacular beaches are close by, where a vast array of wildlife can be seen from dolphin, seal colonies to birds of prey.

Helmsdale is also an excellent base for exploring the fascinating archaeological sites and historical monuments of north east Sutherland and Caithness, where the remains of over 5000 years of human activity are visible throughout the landscape.


Well equipped kitchen which will meet all your catering requirements, including 2 x 5 ring gas stoves. Separate laundry room and 2 drying cupboards.
A spacious airy open plan dining/lounge area seating up to 24, which prompts a friendly tranquil atmosphere. Wooden floors throughout these areas.
Seating up to 24 people in an open plan area.
Bluetooth DAB radio.
Free WiFi in all areas of the hostel.
There is no games room.
Gas central heating and multi-fuel stove.
All carpeted en suite rooms, each sleeping 4 - 2 have a double bed and a set of adult bunk beds, others have 2 sets of adult bunk beds.
All bed linen provided, beds made up for arrival.
All rooms have spacious en suite bathrooms - 4 gas powered showers and 2 electric showers.
No specific facilities.
No specific facilities.
Large garden with benches, large gas barbecue available for guests use. Includes a drying area for use.
There is no pool.
Parking is free at the side of hostel.
Non-smoking throughout the hostel - smoking in garden area only please.
Pets by arrangement in allocated rooms.


The hostel is situated adjacent to the A9. Half way between Inverness and John O'Groats, making a day trip to the Orkney Isles possible. It is also on the NC500 and John O'Groats Trail.
The hostel is situated in the village of Helmsdale.
The local general store is 5 minutes from the hostel. There is a fishing and souvenir shop in the village.
The local pub, bistro and fish restaurant are all 5 minutes. All with good recommendations selling local produce.

Booking Information

Check in time 3pm, check out 11am.
Damage deposit £1000 returned on inspection of property. Strictly non-smoking throughout the property.

Self Catering
Outside Caterers
Other Meals
Full Board Only
Games Room
Hot Tub
Swimming Pool
Tennis Court
Open Fire
Disabled Access

Getting here

Stafford Street
United Kingdom
Helmsdale railway station is 10 minutes walk from the hostel.
Bus stop 2 minutes walk from the hostel, on the Inverness to Thurso/Wick route.
Wick airport 38 miles, Inverness airport 70 miles.

Rental Rates

DatesWeekly Price3 Night Weekend2 Night WeekendMidweek per night
28th Sep 19 to 27th Jun 20

Contact Now

Empty 'End date' values will use the 'Start date' values.
E.g., 18 Jul 2019
E.g., 18 Jul 2019

Vertical Tabs

Your enquiry goes direct to the property owner. A copy is also retained on GroupAccommodation.com by Sanderson Maughan Ltd who operate this site. The copy is kept on a secure server in case the property owner has problems receiving their enquiries. Should you decide to opt in by ticking the box above you can receive our newsletters which includes special offers and new properties. This list is used exclusively by us in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Your details will not be given, sold, or lent to any third party. You will always have an option to unsubscribe from our mailings either by using the unsubscribe link, emailing us at [email protected], writing to us in the post at Sanderson Maughan Ltd, 10 The Struet, Brecon, LD3 7LL or by phone on 01874 611851. Please see our Privacy and Cookies Policy.
Helmsdale Hostel, Sutherland, Scotland

Irene Drummond

Joined us: 2019
+44 (0)7971 922 356
Stafford Street
United Kingdom