Gairloch Sands Youth Hostel, Gairloch

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The Carn Dearg Youth Hostel is a remote, oceanfront place to stay when you want to relax and have some peace and quiet. Perhaps the only way to get there is by car and definitely the only way to get to the local town is by car as Carn Dearg hostel sits alone on the ocean road wrapping around the bottom side of the peninsula. It is an old hunting lodge that was donated to be a youth hostel around fifty years ago.

The lounge common area has a really cosy atmosphere, with the warmth of the afternoon sun coming through the wide windows. There are plenty of books and games and even a piano. From this room, the view over the ocean to the Isle of Skye is amazing, especially when the moon is full.

In the hallway there is a lot of information and pamphlets about local activities. The rooms are a little dull but you still know that you are in a lodge with the dark brown wooden walls. The dining area is a bit like a cafeteria but its nice and bright with some views. The kitchen is closed off at the back of the dining area and is a bit unwelcoming but nevertheless clean. The bathrooms are also clean but there is only one shower with just a shower curtain for privacy. There are washing and drying facilities and the reception has a small amount of food stuffs for sale. Carn Dearg SYHA at Gairloch is a great place to stay to relax and enjoy the surrounding scenery.

April Lawrence


A lochside lodge, sitting on the northern shore of Loch Gairloch, with magnificent sea and mountain views and easy access to fantastic sandy beaches.

Gairloch Sands Youth Hostel is a great base for exploring the North West Highlands, offering guests a range of comfortable private and shared rooms. None of the rooms are en-suite but ample shower and washroom facilities are available.

Guests can opt for a ‘Wee Breakfast’ of cereal, Scottish yogurt, fresh fruit, tea and coffee, or take advantage of the recently refurbished and well-equipped self-catering kitchen and dining room. The hostel is licensed so you can enjoy a beer, malt whisky or glass of wine while relaxing in the cosy lounge with panoramic views over Gairloch, the Torridon hills, Skye Cullins and outer Hebrides (on a good day)!

WiFi is free for all guests and other facilities include lockers, a laundry and a small drying room. Basic provisions, confectionery and soft drinks are available to purchase at reception and the nearest shop is only a five minute walk away. The hostel has onsite parking facilities for up to 13 cars.

Dogs are welcome at Gairloch Sands, for a small fee, when guests book a private room. Please notify us in advance to ensure there is a dog friendly room available.

The hostel is also available for exclusive private rental.

Location and Contact




Address: Carn-Dearg, Ross-shire, Gairloch, The Highlands, Scotland

Gairloch Sands Youth Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Gairloch Sands Youth Hostel Gairloch
Phone Number: +44 (0)1445 712 219
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Groups (10+ people)



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons


Lockers in Lobby


Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Airport Pickup

Luggage Storage


Genders: Males Only

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Open Dates: April-Septmeber

Reception Hours: limited hours

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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