Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel is a traditional and remote rustic hostel situated just 300 metres from the legendary white sandy beach (listed in the Good Beach Guide). There are miles of unspoilt coastline here to explore, with many quiet secluded beaches to make your own.

Adventure photographer, Dan Bell, spent a few days at Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel exploring the nearby beaches, coastline and the distinctive Suilven mountain. Watch how he got on here: Discover Achmelvich Beach with Dan Bell.

This former school building and cottage has been tastefully transformed into a 22-bed youth hostel. Rooms vary in size and include group accommodation, private rooms and one family room. There is also a small self-catering kitchen and spacious dining area for guests to use.

Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel is the ideal starting point for several beautiful coastal and hill walks such as Quinag, Suilven, Stac Pollaidh and Canisp. Some interesting walks are also organised in summer from the Achmelvich Beach car park by the local rangers. Water sports such as canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing are easily practised in the crystal waters.

With good transport links, local produce to sample and spectacular sunsets, Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel makes an unforgettable stay.

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With dog friendly accommodation available at Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel, your four-legged friend will be able to join in on all the fun! A small fee of five pounds per dog per night will be charged and must be booked in advance to ensure that a dog friendly room is allocated. For further information please refer to our Dog Guidelines

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Food and Drink

  • Groups meals service wee breakfast only
  • Individual meals service
  • Self-catering kitchen

Hostel Services

  • Distance to nearest shop 3.5 miles
  • Dogs allowed
  • En suite rooms available
  • Family friendly
  • Private rooms available
  • Total beds 22

Travel

  • Distance to bus stop Nearby
  • Parking nearby (free/charges apply)

Information

Open April to September

Tel: 01571 844 480

Reception closes at 22:00.

Check in 17:00 - 22:00

Check out 08:00 - 10:00

Hostel is closed between 10:00 and 17:00.

For a printable version of this information click here to download youth hostel fact sheet.

Dogs are now welcome at Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel when guests book a private room. A small fee of five per dog per night will be charged. Please note that all dogs must be booked in advance to ensure that a dog friendly room is allocated. For further information please refer to our Dog Guidelines.

There is a bus service to and from the youth hostel throughout the summer months. In the winter months there is only an incoming service. (Passengers to request stop at Lochinver).

Address

Recharn, Lairg, Sutherland IV27 4JB Scotland

Tel: +44 (0) 1571 844480

Email: achmelvich@syha.org.uk

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As part of our commitment to sustainability and environmental issues, our youth hostels are assessed by Green Tourism, the largest and most established sustainable certification in the world. The assessment covers areas such as energy saving, waste minimisation, social responsibility and travel.

Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel currently holds a Gold award for Green Tourism. To read more about SYHA Hostelling Scotland’s Sustainability Charter, please click here. There are some quick and easy ways that you can make a difference and help us achieve our Green Tourism goals - to read our Responsible Visitor Charter and find out more, please click here.

We encourage our guests to use public transport where possible when travelling to our youth hostels – please see travelinescotland.com to plan your route or speak to youth hostel staff. If you are touring Scotland on two wheels then sustrans.org.uk has a wealth of information on cycling routes, safety and sustainable travel.