Two of our North West Highland youth hostels, Durness Smoo and Achmelvich Beach, will be open longer this season giving you even more time to experience the wild and spectacular landscape of this area and escape the hustle and bustle of every day life. Great news if your summer holiday is already a distant memory then you are in luck! 



Durness Smoo Youth Hostel, now open until 24 September 2016, sits on the most northern coast of the Scottish mainland. On a clear night you might even be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights in Autumn. 

At this time of year there's an abundance of wildlife, and for walkers, there are some fantastic routes around including Ben Hope - the most northernly Munro! If you are looking for something a little more gentle then explore the beautiful sandy beaches of Balnakiel and Faraid Head.

Further down the West Coast, Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel (now open untill 1 October 2016) is the perfect base for exploring several coastal and hill walks. The area is also popular for watersports such as canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing.

Both Achmelvich Beach and Durness Smoo Youth Hostels are ideally located along the now famous North Coast 500 driving route. The route starts and finishes in Inverness, but if you want to take your time and enjoy the scenery and attractions along the way then it can be split into sections. Following the road north from Achmelmich Beach Youth Hostel, you'll pass Britain's highest waterfall - Eas a' Chual Aluinn - as well as an array of mountains, sea cliffs and beaches before arriving at Durness Smoo Youth Hostel where a visit to Smoo Cave is also a must!

Remeber we promise the best rate every time you book with us directly – online, by phone on 0345 293 7373 or at each youth hostel reception.