Welcome to Helmsdale Lodge & Hostel

All rooms en-suite

Helmsdale Lodge & Hostel provides comfortable and affordable quality accommodation for guests travelling the far north coast of Scotland. It is located in the scenic village of Helmsdale and is on the main North Coast 500 and Lands End John o' Groats cycling and walking routes. There are six en-suite bedrooms with each room sleeping up to four people. A fully equipped self-catering kitchen with complimentary tea, coffee, sugar and milk. A spacious open plan dining and lounge area, log burning stove, central heating, drying rooms, laundry facilities and free wifi. A large garden to relax outdoors and a secure cycle shed. Car-parking is free on the roadside next to the lodge on Old Caithness Road.

The building is the former village school gymnasium built in 1931. It is an extremely individual structure and refurbishments since ownership in 2006, have been sympathetic in efforts to retain its originality. The high ceilings and general layout of the building creates a spacious light and airy atmosphere.

On the LEJOG & NC500

A perfect base on the North Coast 500 and Land's End to John O'Groats routes - located half way between Inverness and the Orkney ferry terminals

Groups welcome

Group bookings are welcome throughout the year - exclusive use can be arranged

Self-catering facilities

A well equipped kitchen and spacious dining area to meet all your self-catering requirements

All rooms en-suite

each bedroom can accommodate up to four people - flexible layout allows single, twin, double, triple and quad occupancy

cosy log burner at Helmsdale Hostel in Scotland

Cosy log burner

comfortable lounge area at Helmsdale Hostel

Comfortable lounge area

Spacious dining area

View of Helmsdale Village and spectacular coastline

Helmsdale village

dogs welcome at helmsdale hostel

Dogs are welcome by prior arrangement

Helmsdale River

The accommodation is popular with outdoor enthusiasts, independent and group travellers, families, walkers, cyclists and motor cyclists. It is an ideal base for the Land’s End to John O’Groats and North Coast 500 routes and an hour's drive to the Orkney ferry terminals.

Public Transport

Arriving by bus:
Walk up the road for 100 metres. The lodge is at the top of the road on your left. CityLink bus service

Arriving by train:
Cross over the old bridge, turn right along Dunrobin Street, then left up up Stafford Street. The lodge is at the top of the road on your left.
Train timetables (the railway line runs from Inverness up through Golspie, Brora, Helmsdale and then on to Wick and Thurso).