Helmsdale Hostel

North East Highlands

**Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, Helmsdale Hostel temporarily closed in March 2020 in line with national Government lockdown procedures.** This traditional friendly hostel, set within the scenic coastal village of Helmsdale in the north east Sutherland. Great base for exploring this remote but fascinating area of North East Scotland. Situated on the main NC500, Land's End John O'Groats Routes and the John O'Groats Trail. Ideal for day trips to the Orkney Isles. The hostel is cosy and welcoming with a log burning stove. It originally was an old gymnasium and retains some features offering spacious and airy spaces with excellent facilities, including all ensuites bedrooms - shared and private. Ideal for individual travellers, families, couples and groups.

Contact: Irene Drummond

Stafford Street
helmsdale hostel,
Sutherland, KW8 6JR
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Tel: 07927933721
Mob: 07971922356
Grid Ref: ND029154
Beds: 24
Open: All year; seasons April to October, November to March advanced bookings only. Groups bookings welcome all year.
Notes: We are open all year, advance booking only November to March Six en-suite rooms - each sleeps up to four people Parking is available at the Hostel
Nearest Public Transport: 50m
Nearest Shop/Pub: Shop & pub 50m

Hostel Accommodation Helmsdale, Sutherland

Helmsdale Hostel Covid-19 statement: 

Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, Helmsdale Hostel temporarily closed in March 2020 in line with national Government lockdown procedures. At the end of May, the Scottish Government announced tourist accommodation providers should prepare to reopen with a view to all accommodation being operational by 15 July 2020. Despite having achieved the ‘Good to Go’ status, due to the contagious nature of the virus, particularly within a small rural community, we made the decision to delay our reopening until 25 July 2020.

Over this period, we have been closely following the Scottish Government’s guidance and it is clear the virus remains highly contagious, with the potential to spread relatively quickly. Consequently, we feel it is the right decision to postpone the planned reopening of the hostel on 25 July 2020, in efforts to keep staff, guests and a small populated community safe.   

Although we hope to reopen the hostel later this summer, we cannot at this stage, give a definitive date. However, realistically in line with Scottish Government’s advice in relation to maintaining strict precautions, we do not anticipate reopening before the end of August 2020.  

This has been an extremely difficult decision for us to make and we sincerely hope guests are understanding of our reasons. Rest assured a warm welcome awaits when we do re-open our doors! 

Excellent Hostel facilities

The Hostel Accommodation is newly refurbished in 2018. There is a fully equipped kitchen allowing guests to prepare their own meals and the spacious dining and lounge are with a log burning stove. promotes a friendly tranquil atmosphere. Free coffee, tea and sugar available. Free wifi throughout hostel and garden. The hostel has six en-suite bedrooms, each sleeping up to four guests. A mixture of double beds with a set of bunks and bunk bedded rooms allows a combination of single, double, twin, family or shared rooms. 

The large garden has a drying green for guests use as well as a seating area. There is a drying room with attached chargeable laundry facilities.

The hostel is located within the scenic coastal village of Helmsdale and a five minute stroll from an array of shops, resturants and a local bar. 

Please enquire about our discount for groups. Dogs are welcome by prior arrangement.

Sutherland is a fabulous area to visit

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.

How to find Helmsdale Hostel

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).


Dormitory Ensuite:

From £27.00 per person per night

Single Room Ensuite:

From £45.00 per person per night

Double/Twin Room Ensuite:

From £70.00 per room per night

Family Room Ensuite:

From £90.00 per room per night


From £300.00 whole hostel per night

Exclusive Use:

From £300.00 whole hostel per night

Special Rate:

Special rates for group bookings

Reviews (1)

Fantastic Value accomodation and great manager

Reviewed on May 7, 2019

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