Welcome to Helmsdale Hostel

Offering a warm friendly welcome for visitors to this remote and fascinating area

The hostel is opening from the 20th May 2021 and we look forward to welcoming everyone safely.

Covid Update/Safety  – Ongoing Government restrictions require that only one household per bedroom.

   - When permitted the kitchen usage will be organised on a rota system.

- Large garden areas for people to meet safely

Helmsdale Hostel is located in the scenic coastal village of Helmsdale in north east Sutherland, Scotland. It is in a prominent position at the north end of the village and is on the main NC500 and LEJOG routes. Tastefully refurbished in 2018, the property continues to offer comfortable accommodation for guests travelling the far north coast. There are six en-suite bedrooms - each room sleeping up to four people. There is 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. There is a large garden and a secure cycle shed. Car-parking is free on the roadside next to the hostel 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 overnight stop on the Land's End to John O'Groats Cycle Ride and the North Coast 500 road route as well as the John O’Groats Walking Trail.

Groups welcome

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


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

Comfortable beds in en-suite rooms

each room sleeps up to four

cosy log burner at Helmsdale Hostel in Scotland

Cosy log burner

comfortable lounge area at Helmsdale Hostel

Comfortable lounge area

Spacious dining area

Rainbow - coastal view - Helmsdale - Scotland - Holiday Accommodation

Spectacular coastline

dogs welcome at helmsdale hostel

Dogs are welcome by prior arrangement.

Helmsdale River

The accommodation is popular with families, walkers, cyclists, motor cyclists, independent and group travellers, sports enthusiasts and is a traditional stopping point for the Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle/walking and NC500 routes.  It also attracts traffic to and from Orkney since it is midway between Inverness and the Caithness ferry terminals.

Public Transport

Arriving by bus:
Walk up the slope for 100 metres. The Hostel is after the old church on your left. (200 metres)
CityLink bus service

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