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Hostelz.com's Review
Skye Backpackers is a cozy hostel on the whole. It is small, but since it doesn't see much traffic (even during the peak summer season), it doesn't feel too crowded or cramped.

The Location

Skye Backpackers is easy to get to by bus (which drops off right in Kyleakin). You can also take the train into Kyle of Lochalsh and then take the bus or walk (about forty-five minutes) over the Skye Bridge. If you have a car it is easy to find, and there is parking right outside the hostel.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are private rooms, dorm rooms, and caravans available for use. The caravans are cheaper, but resemble the dorm rooms in fashion and comfort. There are bunk beds in the dorm rooms but no lockers. Each sleeping room has a different theme (like a Star Wars or Star Trek) and they are decorated well. Bathrooms are clean, but very small and there are not a lot of places to hang up clothes in the shower. If you are staying in the caravans, you have to go inside to use the shower or toilet.

Common Spaces

The kitchen is centrally located and has fridges, an oven, and stovetops. The dining area is attached to the kitchen, and is rather small (although cozy when it's not too crowded). The morning rush crowds the kitchen, when early rising hikers are running around trying to make toast and sandwiches for lunch, though, so be prepared to bump into people! There is also a living room, but it is down a hallway and is usually pretty dark and cold and not many people hang out there. The kitchen is much brighter and warmer. There is also a pay computer for internet.


This hostel is clean, bright, friendly, and is the perfect starting point to explore the Isle of Skye!

by Emily Schreiber
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
July 2012

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Really neat place -- though hard to get to Pros -- Lots of character and interesting things on the walls. Board games and a large backyard, the dome looks neat (though we never got a chance to go inside, as we went during the heatwave and it turned into a solar cooker). They played music during one of the nights we were there, it was a nice and sing-a-longy. The showers are separated and lockable, and in good condition. The bathrooms were big and clean too. Beds were ok. Staff were lovely and kind. Cons -- Only 3 electrical sockets for 6 people in the room. Location is pretty out of the way. We were not used to the tiny, single-lane roads with passing spots and with no lights -- plus driving on the wrong side -- to get to the hostel. People fly down these roads and it's a bit unnerving. The hostel is in the middle of nowhere, which isn't great if you haven't eaten when you arrive and have no food. There is only one restaurant within 20 minutes of the hostel. It's a great restaurant (the Olde Inn, lots of taps, several vegetarian options plus live music) but because it's the only restaurant for miles, it was super-packed and took about an hour to get food, which wasn't great for us weary travelers. We didn't use the hostel kitchen -- we probably would have if we stayed longer than 2 nights. Just some things to keep in mind.  , age 27, USA ()
4   Nice and cosy village hostel We were a group of 8 people and got a room of our own for 2 nights. All the beds had lovely signs with different plant names, such as heather, dandelion, and daffodil. There was plenty of space in the room and we also loved the communal kitchen where we could cook. The lounge with the fireplace was also a nice touch. There were maps and sightseeing ideas in the kitchen and lobby and these helped us a lot. Did love the cat who lived in the hostel and walked around all the time. One of the toilets was awkward though because the light went out all the time. Also didn't like the fact that you had to give a deposit for the key (apparently I lost the key somewhere in the room and had to part with 10 pounds as a result). Great that they offer discounts in nearby pubs if you're staying at the hostel, although we didn't use them. The location is perfect if you want to discover Isle of Skye and the view on the mountains just brilliant. Excellent for morning runs.  , age 25, Estonia ()
4   Skye Backpackers Overall very good, the staff extremely helpful and courteous. Given an attic room with beautiful view. The beds a bit creaky and would have liked a chair in the room. Would recommend.  , British ()
4   Good stay overall We stayed in the caravan as well and didn't have a problem structurally. There was an outside toilet and sink for the basic necessities, but the showers and other toilets were inside. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Saucy Mary's has good food and fun but that is the only place. The walks from the hostel were lovely. Take the MacBackpackers Tour that they offer. One of the best we took in Scotland. So, the hostel while small is comfortable enough. We would recommend it.  ()
2  Great price, across from a friendly pub. however, the hostel facilities are awful. For 3 quid less than the price of a normal dorm room, you can stay in the caravan outside. Don't do it! It leaks water and is drafty and very loud. We stayed inside in a double room for 2.50 quid more than the price of a dorm room, per person. It was tiny -- the bed touched the wall on three sides, and there was barely room for our shoes between the fourth side of the bed and the wall with the entrance door! The common bathroom was tiny and the shower was peeling and moldy and had unpredictable controls. The kitchen and lounge are also way too small to accommodate groups of more than eight people. On the plus side, the staff is friendly and the hostel was very warm, with a coal fire in the lounge -- much appreciated in the January cold and wet!  ()
4  Lovely! A nice change from huge party hostels. Skye is one of the nicest places on Earth, and Kylakin is a cool base to explore it from! The town is beautiful, but venture to the edges of Skye to see some of the most jaw-dropping scenery ever. The hostel was cozy -- I loved falling asleep with a bottle of wine, a book, and my friend playing guitar around the fire. Met some great Scots there and drank with them. Staff was lovely! Took out a bike one day and that was fun. Cheap breakfast, comfy beds, clean bathrooms. Not the nicest hostel, but small, cozy, and reliable. Great time!  ()
3  I agree a bit with BC...it seemed like you had to be 'in the know' or you weren't allowed to have a good time...although the beds were made up like real beds fresh every day it didn't stop the souring of the experience by the sullen faces of long term guests...who never seemed to leave Kyleakin to see the rest of the island even tho some of them stayed there for months! Stay a night but move on - there's so much more to Skye.  ()
5  Great friendly staff, nice kitchen and lounge (with fire), and cheap breakfasts. Our room was clean and spacious for four people, the beds looked narrow but were really comfy and we all had a great nights sleep. Walked over the village green to the pub for a great meal and some live music. Would definitely recommend for a nights stay.  ()
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