Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel, Achmelvich

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Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel Reviews

Achmelvich SYHA is situated in a remote and rural area with stunning coastal scenery and beaches that seem to be taken straight from an island holiday brochure. Although simple, the old school house hostel provides all that is needed for a relaxing holiday away from it all. The kitchen is well-equipped as there are very few options for eating outside. The only local eatery is the fish and chip shop, however four miles away in Lochinver there is an award winning gourmet pie restaurant and a well-appointed pub with views along the stream to the loch.

The ladies dorm is in a newer annex slightly separate from the kitchen/dining/reception and male dorms. Four bed rooms are separated by curtains to make up the main dorm. It has its own toilet and basins with the hostel shower being located between the two buildings it can be on the chilly side. Some of the rooms in the hostel can be used as family or private rooms. Everything is kept spotless and clean throughout the hostel.

What this hostel lacks in modern furnishings and style it certainly makes up for in it's positioning. Nothing but grass and hills and the beach are nearby. The sunset is amazing, as are the stars. Fabulous walks are numerous. White sand beaches with aqua clear water are plenty. And it is most likely that one will be all to yourself, just a few steps from the hostel's front door. Achmelvich SYHA hostel is a must if you appreciate these things.

April Lawrence

Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel Reviews from the Web

I really liked this hostel, there were a few reasons why but mostly i'd say it was the location itself. The staff working at achmelvich yha this season are also great, accommodating and social.

As for feed back I can only think of 1 thing tbh (it's not major), but i think a guide on how to use some of the appliances e.g. induction hobs, would go a long way. They are a bit different to other hobs & a struggle to use.


Liked: Beautiful location, friendly staff, basic but well designed. Didn't like: Could do with an extra shower and toilets, and shower basic, but that's all part of the character of the place.


Liked: fantastic location on beach - beautiful beach very basic hostel Didn't like: basic



Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel sits on the NC500, beside a beautiful, sheltered white sandy beach, close to the iconic mountain of Suilven.

This small and friendly hostel provides a relaxing base to explore miles of unspoilt coastline and discover quiet secluded beaches, crystal clear waters and abundant wildlife.

The hostel offers guests three comfortable private rooms and spacious shared accommodation with private lockers. Guests can enjoy 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 to prepare their own.

Other facilities include a cosy dining area with wood burning stove, a laundry and small shop in reception selling basic provisions, soft drinks and snacks. There is no WiFi because of the hostel’s remote location. Free parking is available close by.

Dogs are welcome at Achmelvich Beach, for a small fee, when booking a private room. Please notify us in advance to ensure that there’s a dog friendly room available.

The hostel is also available for exclusive private rental.

Location and Contact


The hostel is 4 miles northwest of Lochinver. Take the B869 for 2 miles and then left for one mile. Drive right round to the beach car park.



Address: Recharn, Sutherland, Lairg, Achmelvich, The Highlands, Scotland

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Website Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel Achmelvich
Phone Number: +44 (0)1571 844480
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Quiet Rest





Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Airport Pickup

Luggage Storage

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons


Genders: Males Only

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Reception Hours: limited hours


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