Helmsdale Hostel, Sutherland

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Helmsdale Hostel Reviews

I stayed in Helmsdale several times over a three week period as I traveled to Orkney, Latheron, and Thurso in the far north of Scotland in July 2006. The Helmsdale Hostel was by far the nicest place to stay in Helmsdale and the best hostel of the three I experienced in Scotland.

The hostel location is very convenient to the bus, train, walking destinations as well as the post office, library, grocery stores, and the Timespan Museum and Garden Cafe. The hostel is spacious, clean, well organized, and newly spiffed up with a large kitchen area, plenty of comforable chairs and a wood stove for those cool Scottish nights. The hostel owner, Irene, is friendly and welcoming. I'm hoping to visit again.

Ellie Gunn

Helmsdale Hostel Reviews from the Web

Liked: The location was good because it was close to the bus stop. There are no bunkbeds. Free tea and coffee.  Disliked: 10-5 lockout but wasn't really enforced. Makes you feel unwelcome. It was always cold because there was no heating until after 5 which was when the hostel opened. When we asked what there was to do around town we were told there was nothing. There are are few walks which we found at helmsdale.org.
Customer review
Liked: Helmsdale is a 'wee gem'. Very cosy and comfortable, with a lovely home-from-home feel thanks to the friendly hostel staff. The village is very welcoming and Timespan a historical eye-opener. Big blue sky. Yellow broom. What a refreshing experience! I'll be back. Thanks again for the home-baking and your wonderful zest for life.  Disliked: Carry left no negative feedback.
Carry McClintock
Liked: Good location, helpful and friendly staff  Disliked: Nothing
Brian Jupp
Liked: More character than a lot of hostels.  Disliked: No parking at all! Needs a small offroad car / motorbike park as the only area is on chips at the front door through the gate!
Customer review
Liked: Calm, clean  Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.
Customer review
Liked: staff friendly and help full , quirky place to stay in,let us put 5 motorcycles in front garden ,  Disliked: no dislikes, however parking could be a problem to some,

1toilet, 1 shower to 8 bed dorm could be an issue to some no problems to us

Customer review


It is ideal for cycling, coastal walks, hill walks and bird watching.
Backpackers, birdwatchers and families are welcome.

Accommodation (all with ensuite showers):
2 dorms each with 8 beds
(Prices £15 per person per night)
1 x family bedroom ensuite ( sleeps 4) with a double bed and bunks (£60 per night per room )
1 x Private bedroom ensuite (sleeps 4 adults £75 per night)
Bed linen provided
Towel hire available
Fully equipped kitchen
Large dining area
Comfortable lounge area
Solid fuel heating
Drying cupboard
Internet access
Cycle shed
Garden / barbecue area

Location and Contact


The hostel is situated on the corner of the A9 and Old Caithness Road (park in Rockview Place).
Arriving by bus:
Walk up the slope for 100 metres. The Youth Hostel is after the old church on your left. (200 metres)
Arriving by train:
Cross over the old bridge; turn right along Dunrobin Street, then left up Stafford Street. Youth Hostel is at the top of the slope on the left (half a mile).
Train timetables (the railway line runs from Inverness up through Golspie, Brora, Helmsdale and then on to Wick and Thurso).

Address: Stafford Street, Helmsdale, Sutherland, The Highlands, Scotland

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Website Helmsdale Hostel Sutherland www.helmsdalehostel.co.uk
Phone Number: 01431821636
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Facilities and Amenities



BBQ Grill

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments


Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: March - October

Reception Hours: 7.30am - 10.30am 5.00pm - 11.30pm


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