This traditional friendly hostel, set within the coastal village of Helmsdale is a perfect stopover if exploring this remote but fascinating area of North East Scotland. The Hostel is cosy and welcoming with open fire, yet spacious with excellent facilities, including ensuites in dorms and private bedrooms. Ideal for individual travellers, families, couples and groups. On main NC500 and Land's End John O'Groats Route.
The Hostel Accommodation is newly refurbished and our dorms and private rooms all have shower ensuites. There are 6 rooms, each with 4 beds - all ensuite. Please enquire about our discount for groups. Dogs are welcome by arrangement.
Helmsdale Hostel offers a range of excellent self-catering, shared facilities with central heating throughout. There is a fully equipped kitchen, large dining area and comfortable lounge. We also provide a drying cupboard, cycle shed, garden and barbecue and free wifi.
This beautiful scenic area in the North East of Scotland is a haven for wildife, particularly famous for red deer and birdlife. Hill and sea shore walks are on offer here or in the nearby Flow Country and summer swimming in the sea is very popular from the pristine sandy beaches. There is an incredible choice of outdoor activities and sports available. Try salmon fishing or take a boat trip for some excellent bird-watching, sight-seeing and sea angling. Archeological and historical remains can be seen nearby and Brora is definitelyworth a visit. Visit Dunrobin Castle; take a scenic rail journey to Thurso; go gold panning at Baile an Or, near Kildonan; take in the Highland Games in August or join in the ceilidh in the local hotel any summer Saturday night.
The Hostel is situated on the corner of the A9 and Old Caithness Road with parking conveniently available at the side of the Hostel. If arriving by bus, walk up the slope for 100 metres. The Hostel is after the old church on your left (200 metres). By rail, take the train to Helmsdale Station (3 per day in each direction). From the station turn left, cross old bridge, take Dunrobin Street, then left at main road, go uphill - Helmsdale Hostel on left (10 minutes walk).
From £45.00 per room per night
From £60.00 per room per night
Special rates for group bookings
From the moment I walked through the door I loved this place. Marie the Manager is very friendly accommodating and understanding of anyone from anywhere. She’s very knowledgeable and has plenty of good recommendations if you’re interested. Newly refurbished this old school gymnasium is very clean and has modern dorms with ensuite bathroom and showers in addition to a new kitchen (no oven) and log burning stove to keep you nice and toasty warm. An extremely effective drying cupboard for drying out your clothes if the weather is poor. Outside is the secure bike store, washing line and a bench for chilling out and taking in the seaside air. I will definitely come again thank you again Marie for being so lovely. Craig
Stayed May 2019