Saucy Mary's Lodge, Isle of Skye

Kyleakin
7.4
732 Reviews
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Located just off the Skye Bridge, Saucy Mary’s Lodge provides a decent budget option for housing on the island. While the hostel doesn’t offer too much as far as opportunities to socialize, it provides a good base for those who would rather get out and explore the island.

The Location

The location is great. Just off the Bridge to Skye, it’s easy to find and makes for a good place to stop either on the way into Skye or the night before leaving. The hostel is right across the street from the shore, so the rooms have a nice view of the sea. There is an attached restaurant, and a couple of other pubs are within walking distance. A co-op for groceries is a five-minute drive up the A87.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Saucy Mary’s is kept reasonably -- though not immaculately -- clean. The four-bed room is cozy. Linens are included and beds are made. There are few places to hang things to dry, and not all beds have easy access to outlets. The beds are decent, though there is limited clearance space on the top bunk. There are no lockers in the room, and towels are available for a fee.

The room has a sink in it, while the toilets and showers are in separate rooms. Both the bathrooms and shower rooms are clean. No hand towels are provided in the bathrooms. The shower room has a hook for clothes and a tray for soap (no soap provided), and there is room to change.

Common Spaces

The hostel has a more subdued feel. The attached restaurant/pub is decent and serves food all day. It has plenty of seating, including tables outside. Breakfast is not included, though there is a breakfast menu at the pub. Wi-Fi is available in all the rooms, but it’s unreliable. Outside of the pub, the common areas leave a bit to be desired. The main lobby has a small sitting area, though not a good space for socializing.

The kitchen is quite basic, and its level of cleanliness can slip a bit. It’s small, with only enough room for one or two people to comfortably cook at the same time. There are a few things missing, too, like larger pots and spoons. It’s kept locked outside the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., which makes early breakfast difficult. Still, though, it has most things needed for preparing a simple meal.

Summary

As far as budget options go, Saucy Mary’s is a decent choice. The owner is helpful regarding suggestions of what to do and see on Skye, and the location offers a good base for exploring the island. Despite the unreliable Wi-Fi, this hostel is a fine place to stay on Skye.
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View from across the street
Saucy Mary's Lodge and the attached pub/restaurant
The reception area
Couch in the reception area
Small kitchen, open 8:00-22:00
The pub downstairs
Four-bed room
Sink in the room
Toilet and shower room
View of Skye Bridge from Saucy Mary's
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Jen
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
Published on 2016-06-29

Great location, lovely rooms

The location is brilliant -- facing the water and with great views. The rooms were great, with comfortable mattresses and pillows and great big soft fluffy duvets. The food in the pub downstairs was great (not very cheap though). The showers and the toilets were great but we did not find any kitchen we can use (we did not need it much so we did not bother asking). Parking is available just in front of the hostel. There were a couple of things that could have made it a five star but there wasn't much the hostel can do about them. Firstly, the internet was down that day and secondly, there was a group of drunks outside at 1.30 am singing very loudly (luckily they moved away after 15-20 min). We are planning to go sometime for a longer stay and we will stay there again.

Lina
2013-08-05
Age 38 | Bulgarian

Clean, nice hostel

The hostel was clean and nice. The price was nice and the personnel too. I can recommend it.

Ruth
2013-06-06
Age 35 | Belgium

Saucy Mary's Lodge is a unique establishment. The name Saucy Mary's applies to a pub, restaurant, cafe, general store, hostel, and B&B all in the tiny town of Kyleakin on Skye. Saucy Mary's credits its unusual name to a bit of local lore about a medieval princess who encouraged ships to pay a toll by being, well, saucy. If you want a hostel with lots of local character that's got a different vibe than your typical hostel, Saucy Mary's could be the place for you.

The Location

Saucy Mary's couldn't be easier to find -- from the central square of Kyleakin, stand facing opposite the ocean and you're looking right at it. It's less than fifty yards from the bus stop in the central square, and just about anything else in town. There's ample space to park, and you're within easy walking or driving distance of the larger town of Kyle across the straights. As for Saucy Mary's location to the rest of town, every store and restaurant in Kyleakin is within sight of the upper stories and just a few minutes walk. To check in to the hostel, one must go into the general store/cafe just to the left of the main Saucy Mary's building.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Dorms are of average size -- there is room to move, but not a ton of space between bunks. Bunk beds seem solidly constructed, and the mattresses are pretty good by hostel standards. The dorm we stayed in featured a large window with an ocean view, several easily accessible power outlets, and two plug-in electric heaters. Security of the dorms is also good with each dorm having its own key. Additionally, a key code must be entered on the door leading to the bar to obtain access to the hostel area.

Toilets and showers are provided in separate rooms, two of each per floor. Both are clean, and the showers are modern heat-on-demand units with good pressure and water as hot as you like it.

Common Spaces

Though the hostel is a bit short on the kind of common rooms you'd expect at most hostels, the pub and cafe downstairs means you have ready access to reasonably priced, if not overly cheap, food and beverages. The bar actually gets to be quite a happening place in the evening with music, pool tables, and a decent crowd that seems to be mostly locals. The noise can be heard upstairs in the dorms and may affect those that go to bed early, but everyone is out the door by 1 a.m. so most of the night is quiet.

Wi-Fi is provided free of charge, but probably due to the stone construction of the building can only be accessed in a portion of the bar and a glassed-in sun porch downstairs. Kitchens are also provided on each floor. The kitchens are clean and generously sized, with plenty of room to cook a meal and then enjoy it while taking in the ocean view.

Summary

Saucy Mary's offers quality accommodations at a reasonable price. You definitely sacrifice a bit of the backpacker-centric vibe and camaraderie that can be found at some hostels, but in return you get a unique venue with easy access to food, drink, and entertainment -- and more of a chance to meet the locals.

Ian Bone
2009-11-16
USA

Warm atmosphere, clean beds, sinks in room, hot showers

we were surprised at how much we liked it here, as the reviews on some websites say its not good. we stayed in the part above the pub and it was great the room only had three beds, great view of the water, had our own sink and vanity mirror right in the room, with full toilet and shower across the hall. the showers were awesome!

happy!
2009-10-30
canadian

Saucy Mary's Lodge Reviews from the Web

I expected a little cleaner in the restroom facilities. The pervasive smell of black mold in the toilet room was concerning. Overall I didnt think I was going to be infected or infested during my stay. The cost matched the facilities. Overall I was happy with the arrangements.

Brianmart6036
2022-06-17

I was worried when booking this hostel due to all the negative reviews it got, but it turned out to be much better! Apparently theyve been doing renovations all winter according to my tour guide. Bathrooms are clean and my dorm overlooks the Skye bridge. They could definitely do better with the facilities though, no kitchen, no fridge, only two bathrooms shared by 2 dorms... and one of them wasnt working. Hope they fix that before peak season.

SherryWongWY
2022-04-26

Rooms were far from clean, toilet and shower were just as bad. The water let off a horrible smell in the mornings. Paper thin walls could hear everything going on next door which wasnt pleasant at 2am.. The room genuinely felt like a prison cell bunk beds and a sink.. The mattresses felt like we were sleeping on slate. We paid 150 for two nights and what we got was absolutely shocking. Would not stay again..

Ashleybreeden-944300
2021-08-02

Liked: very nice location with a nice view to the sea; a good pub in the building of the hostel; helpful staff; spacious room; well-equipped kitchen Didn't like: there could be more chairs in the room; water wasn't hot enough

Anonymous
2016-05-13

Wide range of facilities within the hostel, great atmosphere and music in the bar

Anonymous
2015-09-22

Staff was very friendly

Anonymous
2015-08-11

Liked: Loved the live music at the pub, just made my stay. The place was clean, the kitchen was decent, the location is awesome, right across the ocean. Great place to just walk around and relax. Didn't like: The shower wasn't working properly, had to hit the on button multiple times, very annoying. No luggage lockers provided. Stairs are narrow and if you have a huge trolley to carry, like me, you won't like it a bit.

Anonymous
2015-07-15

Liked: Restaurant in the same house, offering a discount for guests Didn't like: Nothing

Anonymous
2015-07-02

Liked: The City. Didn't like: It's all very noisy. The cleanliness leaves something to be desired. The kitchen stinks and is not very clean.

Anonymous
2015-06-11

Liked: Very basic hostel but very friendly staff and good for an overnight stay. Didn't like: Booked 3 double rooms but ended up with a variety.....booking system could be improved

Anonymous
2015-06-04

Liked: The location was great. The attached bar was great. Didn't like: Our room. The room was positioned between the main entrance/fire door at the base of main stairs and next door to the kitchen so the noise levels were extremely high throughout all hours of the night. This particular room should not be utilized as a room for paying guests instead it should be used to extend the kitchen into the room next door as the kitchen is way too small for the size of the hostel.

Anonymous
2015-05-26

Liked: Toilets clean. Showers clean. Really nice view from the room. Didn't like: The curtains don't block the sun in the morning...

Anonymous
2015-05-23

Liked: Bar area was lively and had a good atmosphere. Didn't like: Kitchen area far too small( 4 chairs, 2 tables) with no cutlery, cups, condiments etc. We had 10 people trying to make breakfast at once. Only 1 fridge too so no room for foodstuff for most people.

Anonymous
2015-05-12

Description

Saucy Mary's Lodge is a modern fully refurbished hostel with FREE WIFI in all rooms and public areas. All rooms now have private bathrooms inside or external to the room with private key entry. We offer budget accommodation in Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye. Close to all transport links and Skye Bridge, with stunning sea views. . We specialise in catering for families and groups.The bar offers a full dinner menu and live music.

Our focus is warm, comfortable and clean, with provision for privacy and a little more luxury if you want it. We are close to the waterfront, overlooking Loch Alsh, the Skye Bridge, the ruins of Castle Moil, the Isle of Raasay and the Cuillin Mountains. We are close to bus and train links and plenty of free parking.

Saucy Mary's Lodge has a 3-star Scottish Tourist Board rating.

Our beds are large and comfortable, all rooms fully double-glazed with sinks, and there are double/twin rooms family rooms and family suites all with private bathrooms internal or external with key lock entry. 16 rooms have sea views.

Saucy Mary's Lodge has everything you need for your visit to the Isle of Skye:
- friendly and relaxed atmosphere
- free linen, laundry service.
- modern hot showers
- breakfast and evening meals are available. Please note our self-catering kitchens are closed currently.
- bar with TV
- free internet access, Wi-Fi, good mobile telephone connection.
- outside seating/BBQ area
- easy access to a post office/post box
- good luggage storage
- no curfew - guests can gain access at night using an access code
- wheelchair access - one room modified for wheelchair use, single-step access to bar area, where toilet area includes wheelchair access.

Location and Contact

Location

By Road from UK Mainland: Head for the Skye Bridge Cross the Skye Bridge and turn left at the roundabout taking you into Kyleakin. We are 500 metres along on the right and you will see us just passed the KIng's Arms Hotel.

Map

Map

Address: Meuse Lane, Kyleakin, Isle of Skye (Skye), Inner Hebrides, Scotland

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Website

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Phone Number: 01599 534845
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller

Bedsheets

Luggage Storage

Parking

Pub Crawls

Safe Deposit Box

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Breakfast (from £2.50)

City Tours (40.00)

Dinner (from £5.00)

Towels (2.00)

BBQ Grill

Bar

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Evening Entertainment

Food/Restaurant

Gameroom

Hot Showers

Kitchen

Laundry

Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Outdoor Seating

Pool Table

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

TV

Wheelchair Accessible

Airport Pickup

Lockers in Rooms

Pet-Friendly

Service Animals

Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 16

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year (Except Christmas Day)

Reception Hours: Until 1.00am

Size: Large (60-100 beds)

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