Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel is a traditional, rustic hostel located on the famous NC500 and sitting just 300 metres from a legendary white sandy beach. Surrounded by miles of unspoilt coastline and secluded beaches, this former school building and cottage has been tastefully transformed into a 22-bed youth hostel.

Rooms vary in size and include shared 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 is the perfect starting point for stunning coastal and hill walks while the crystal clear waters make it perfect base for water sports such as canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing.

Spectacular scenery, fine local produce and unforgettable sunsets, make Achmelvich Beach an unforgettable stay.

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.

With dog friendly accommodation available, 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


If you are looking for large group accommodation or holiday cottages then we have locations across Scotland perfect for groups and family gatherings on a budget. See below for availability or click here for more information and to enquire.


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Food and Drink

  • Groups meals service Wee Breakfast Only
  • Individual meals service Heat it & Eat it Mea
  • Self-catering kitchen

Hostel Services

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


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


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.

We’re on the North Coast 500 driving route! Click here to find out how you can enjoy 10% off car hire

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).

Please note that due to the limited number of rooms at this youth hostel we are not always able to guarantee that male and female are allocated in separate dorms; the rooms are generally classed as mixed gender. Also we do not accept stag or hen parties at any of our hostels.


Recharn, Lairg, Sutherland IV27 4JB Scotland

Tel: +44 (0) 1571 844480



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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 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.

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