John's Bunkhouse

Outer Hebrides

John's Bunkhouse is located on the island of Berneray, mid-way between North Uist and Harris, at the heart of the Outer Hebrides. It is a small purpose - built hostel for eight, which opened in May 2018. The building combines the appeal of a traditional stone-built house, with the comfort and facilities of a modern bunkhouse. It stands above a tidal beach and is close to the causeway to North Uist, the ferry to Harris and the local shop and bistro. It is an ideal stopping off point for summer visitors and walkers and cyclists following the Hebridean Way.

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Contact: Mary McCormick

Ferry Croft
23 Borve,
Island of Berneray,
North Uist, HS6 5BJ
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Tel: 01876540229
Beds: 8
Open: All year
Notes: From September 2020 because of the restrictions imposed by Covid 19, we can only accommodate one party of guests at a time. We therefore welcome bookings from friendship/family groups of two to eight people for a minimum stay of two nights. We regret that we cannot accommodate our usual range of guests but hope we can get back to this soon.
Nearest Public Transport: Bus stop - buses to Lochmaddy, Balivanich and Eriskay - 5 minute walk. Ferry to Harris - 10 minute walk
Nearest Shop/Pub: Berneray Shop and Bistro - 10 minute walk. Sollas Co-operative supremarket - 20 minutes in car. Lochmaddy hotels and pub - 20 minutes in car.

The bunkhouse caters for individuals, groups and families and is a great place to meet people. The facilities include a well-equipped kitchen and a comfortable living-room area with expansive views out to the sea and North  Uist. There is also a drying-room. a bike shed with an outside tap and good disability access. There are three bedrooms. The two small bunkrooms each accommodate two people. The large double bunkroom sleeps four. This is a low energy building with underfloor heating and a peat burning stove. There are two shower rooms and a good parking area for cars.

Berneray is a great place to explore. Stepping outside the hostel you can enjoy a walk or paddle on the cockle beach and from there head across to the dunes and the  spectacular three mile long west beach. From the hill behind the hostel, with its ancient standing stone, there are panoramic views of North Uist and Harris, the islands of Pabbay and Boreray, and on a clear day, St Kilda in the distance. A walk around the whole island, following the coast, is entirely possible in one day and a memorable experience. 

Berneray with its machair, tidal beaches and green hills provides a habitat for many species of flowers, birds and wildlife. Otters can occasionally be seen by the bunkhouse and further down the island seals are a common sight, backing on skerries and rocks.

From Berneray with its good ferry and bus connections, you can enjoy a day trip to Harris, to the bird sanctuary in Balranald, North Uist and to Lochmaddy with its art centre/museum, marina and hotels.



Dormitory Ensuite:

From £25.00 per person per night

From £15.00 per child per night

Double/Twin Room:

From £25.00 per person per night

From £15.00 per child per night

Special Rate:

One week stay from April- October £150 for 7 nights. ** Whole hostel/exclusive use bookings, at reduced rates are available from September- December 2020 ** The hostel can also be booked out at Christmas and New Year.

Reviews (2)

Lovely wee stay!

Reviewed on September 23, 2019

We had a lovely 1 night stay. We hadn't booked and turned up around 7pm after a hard days cycling to thankfully find they had a spare twin room available- perfect for us! The bunkhouse is immaculate and has everything you need. Could imagine it having a great atmosphere when its busier as there's a lovely living area with a peat burning fire - very cosy! Great wet room shower, so powerful and warm! Beds were super comfy and it has a great bike shed to store bikes overnight. All in all a very short and very sweet stay! If we are ever in the area again (highly likely) we will be staying again! Thanks again, Joanne and Steven

Stayed September 2019

Hostel response:

Thanks for the wonderful review. We hope to see you back soon.

Amazing Ambiance.

Reviewed on July 2, 2019

I loved the bunk house. Very clean, good beds, well equipped kitchen, good bathrooms. Set up well for bikers. The scenery is lovely. Hosts are fabulous.

Stayed May 2019