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 and outdoor drying space, and free wifi throughout. 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 our ongoing 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
Groups welcome
Self-catering facilities
All rooms en-suite

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.

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.

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.

How to find us

Important Information

Guests arriving by car:

From 15 July 2024, there will no longer be direct access to Helmsdale Lodge Hostel from the A9 junction at Stafford Street / Old Caithness Road, since Old Caithness Road is becoming one-way. There will be signs North and South on the A9 and adjacent streets that will direct you to the hostel on Old Caithness Road where you will still be able to park. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you – please contact should you require any further assistance in locating us – thank you for your understanding.

Map showing directions to Helmsdale Lodge Hostel

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).