Welcome to Helmsdale Hostel

Offering a warm welcome for visitors to this remote and beautiful area of Scotland.

Comfortable Beds in en suite rooms

The six en suite rooms can be used as double, twin, family or 4 bed rooms.

Self Catering

A well equipped kitchen meets all your self-catering requirements.

On the LEJOG & NC500

A perfect overnight stop on the Land's End to John O'Groats Cycle Ride and the North Coast 500 road route.

Groups Welcome

Group bookings are welcome and there is a discount for sole use bookings of the whole hostel.

In the heart of the remote community of Helmsdale.

Congregate around the cosy wood burner after a day in the hills.

Great for enjoying the coast, Helmsdales Harbour and fossil beach.

Sympathetically renovated in 2018 to high environmental standards, Helmsdale Hostel is in the centre of the scenic coastal village of Helmsdale, halfway between Inverness and John O'Groats on the new John O'Groats Trail.

It offers spacious en suite accommodation with a fully equipped kitchen, open plan dining area, comfortable lounge with log burning stove and a large garden.

Helmsdale Hostel is ideal as an overnight stop on the on the Scottish North Coast 500 touring route and Lands End to John O'Groats long distance route. The hostel is popular with "end to enders" as well as walkers, cyclists and tourers exploring the Far North of Scotland.  It is an ideal base for the new John O'Groats Trail, with transport options which enable exploration of the Trail for a number of days.

Helmsdale Hostel on Lejog outside view

Families will enjoy Helmsdale Beach which is well known for its fossils and rock pools. You can also discover the fascinating history of the area and the Highland Clearances at the Timespan Culture and History Centre in the harbour.

Helmsdale Hostel is a good location for reaching the nearby range of Graham and Marlyn Hills, Morven, Scaraben and Beinn Dhorain.  After a day in the hills your group can cosy up around the wood burning stove for an evening of food, chat and cheer!  Groups are welcome all year and sole use booking of the whole hostel is available.

For travellers heading further north Helmsdale Hostel offers a perfect stop on your way to and from Orkney.

Helmsdale is great for beach walks, archaeology, geology, mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, bird and wildlife watching.

Dogs are welcome by prior arrangement.

dogs welcome at helmsdale hostel

In the heart of the remote community of Helmsdale.

Congregate around the cosy wood burner after a day in the hills.

Great for enjoying the coast, Helmsdale Harbour and fossil beach.

History of Helmsdale Hostel

Helmsdale Hostel was purchased from the Scottish Youth Hostels Association in January 2006 by Irene Drummond.  Irene enjoys long distance cycle touring and sea Kayaking and she had worked as an SYHA Warden in John O’Groats and Stomness Youth Hostels from 1989-1991.  Having this first-hand experience of running a hostel, Irene was committed to keeping this small hostel, an iconic overnight stop on Land End to John O Groats route, on the map.  Following extensive refurbishment, Helmsdale Hostel was transformed from a 1-star bothy to a 4-star hostel.  In 2018 Irene completed the full renovation of the property, adding modern double glazed windows, extra insulation and a sustainable heating system whist sympathetically retaining as much character of the building since it was the former village school gymnasium.  Irene is proud to say that Helmsdale Hostel continues to provide great value accommodation on the North East Coast of Scotland.

Irene owner of Helmsdale Hostel