A former hunting lodge, Gairloch Sands Youth Hostel sits on the northern shore of Loch Gairloch with magnificent sea and mountain views.

Gairloch Sands Youth Hostel is a popular choice for groups, families and individual travellers, offering a good range of shared and private accommodation. The youth hostel has a good range of facilities including an excellent dining room, a well-equipped self-catering kitchen and a lounge which is a particular favourite with guests, boasting stunning panoramic views of the Torridon hills and Loch Gairloch.

The hostel provides excellent wildlife spotting opportunities with dolphins, whales and otter often spotted at the front of the youth hostel. Golden sandy beaches are only a 5 minute walk away and boat trips to watch whales and dolphins are available from nearby Gairloch. The Torridon mountain range is a short drive away and the local village also boasts fine pubs, coffee shops, local seafood, an award-winning heritage museum with the famous Inverewe Garden close by.

May 2017 saw Gairloch Sands and Ratagan Youth Hostels, both reaching an amazing milestone - their 85th anniversary! Thank you to everyone who shared their fantastic memories and photos - we've compiled them together into an ebook: Gairloch Sands and Ratagan, 85 Year of Memories.

With dog friendly accommodation available at Gairloch Sands 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


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

  • Alcohol Licence
  • Groups meals service On Request
  • Individual meals service Wee Breakfast and He
  • Self-catering kitchen

Hostel Services

  • Bike store
  • Distance to nearest shop 2 miles
  • Dogs allowed
  • Drying room
  • Family friendly
  • Laundry
  • Private rooms available
  • Suitable for groups
  • Total beds 31

Internet Access

  • WiFi access (FREE)


  • Lounge/TV room No TV


  • Distance to bus stop 2 miles
  • Parking nearby (free/charges apply)


Tel: 01445 712 219

Reception Opening Hours 8:00 - 10:00 & 17:00 - 22:00

Check in 17:00 - 22:00

Check out 08:00 - 10:00

Please note the hostel is normally closed from 10.00 - 17.00.

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.


Gairloch, Ross-shire IV21 2DJ Scotland

Tel: +44 (0) 1445 712219

Email: gairloch@hostellingscotland.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.

Gairloch Sands Youth Hostel currently holds a Silver award for Green TourismTo 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.

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.