About Helmsdale Hostel
Helmsdale Hostel was purchased from the Scottish Youth Hostels Association in January 2006 by Irene Drummond. Irene had previously worked as an SYHA Warden in John O’Groats and Stomness Youth Hostels from 1989-1991 and, having this first-hand experience of running a hostel, Irene was committed to keeping a smaller hostel on the map. Following extensive refurbishment, Helmsdale was transformed from a 1-star bothy to a 4-star hostel. In 2018 Irene completed a 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.
Accommodation on the LEJOG Route
The hostel has four rooms, all en suite. Two are family rooms, one with double bed and bunks and the other with two sets of quality adult -sized bunks. The two dormitory-sized rooms are extremely spacious and have single beds. There is also a large fully-equipped kitchen and a comfortable lounge area with a log burning stove. In addition, the hostel has a large garden and barbecue area as well as a drying cupboard and cycle shed making it great accommodation on the LEJOG route. Set in the small scenic coastal village of Helmsdale (halfway between Inverness and John O’Groats), the hostel is a two-minute walk from an array of shops, restaurants and bars.
8 Bed Dorm Room
2 rooms each with 8 single beds [no bunks]
(prices from £17.50 per person per night)
Private bedroom for 2 (double or twin bed)
(£45 per night per room)
Private bedroom sleeps up to 4
(from £60 per night per room)
Additional Facilities include:
Large dining area
Comfortable lounge area
Wood Burning Stove
Garden / barbecue area
All rooms have en suite showers):
Discount for groups
Dogs welcome by arrangement
Lots to see and do around Helmsdale
There is a bus stop beside the hostel and the train station is a ten-minute walk. There is also a bus service to Orkney offering day trips and tours. The location is ideal for cycling. Coastal or hill walks, fishing. Archaeology, geology, bird and wildlife watching. The hostel is also an ideal base for visiting Dunrobin Castle and Falconry Display, Clynelish Distillery and Baile an Or (Town of Gold) Gold Panning site. You can hire gold panning equipment or join the historic gold rush tour organised by the local Timespan Museum. Add to the mix some spectacular sandy beaches in Helmsdale, Brora and Golspie with regular sightings of local marine life including seals and dolphins and it’s a hard proposition to resist! On the main Land’s End to John O’Groats route, the hostel is an ideal stop for “end to enders” offering comfortable family and individual accommodation as well as excellent group facilities. There is also a full board option for groups- on request. See more about the area.