Durness Smoo Youth Hostel is surrounded by wild and spectacular landscape. There are mountains, sea cliffs, beaches and waterfalls. On a clear night the starry skies are incredible, made even better if you are fortunate enough to see the Northern Lights. Durness provides a refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and John Lennon himself holidayed here for many years.

Our Durness Smoo Youth Hostel is relaxed and friendly and provides a simple base in which to explore the area on a budget. There are both multi-shared and private rooms, a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, drying room and cosy lounge which is heated by a coal-burning stove.

Local attractions include the famous Smoo Cave (which is situated next to the youth hostel) Cape Wrath, Handa Island and Balnakiel Craft Village (only a short distance away). Hill walkers will love Foinaven, Ben Hope, Ben Loyal and Cranstackie and for those wishing simply to relax Balnakeil Beach and Faraid Head are beautiful sandy beaches and large sand dunes to be explored.

With dog friendly accommodation available at Durness Smoo 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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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
  • Individual meals service
  • Self-catering kitchen

Hostel Services

  • Bike store
  • Distance to nearest shop nearby
  • Dogs allowed
  • Drying room
  • Family friendly
  • Laundry
  • Lockers/luggage store
  • Private rooms available
  • Suitable for groups
  • Total beds 31

Internet Access

  • Computers with internet access (FREE)
  • WiFi access (FREE)

Travel

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

Information

Tel: 01971 511 264

Reception Opening Hours 8:00 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00.

Check in 17:00 - 22:00

Check out 08:00 - 10:00

There is no daytime access between 10.00 and 17:00 – but a small entrance lobby with access to WC only is available for shelter during these hours.

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

Please note that we do not accept stag or hen parties at any of our hostels.

Address

Smoo, Durness, Lairg IV27 4QA Scotland

Tel: +44 (0) 1971 511264

Email: durness@syha.org.uk

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NB: Please take into account ferry times and sailings when planning trips to the islands.

Where can I go from here?

If you know where you're going next then life becomes so much easier. Click on any view route button to see detailed directions between hostels.

Remember: as you can book more than one hostel at once, building up an itinerary will be a piece of cake!

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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.

Durness Smoo Youth Hostel currently holds a Silver award for Green TourismTo 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.