Ullapool Youth Hostel has a spectacular location on the seafront, offering wonderful, ever-changing views over Loch Broom and the Beinn Dearg mountain range. Rooms vary in size and include both private and multi-share, a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, two small lounges and an excellent laundry and drying room. There is also a dining area where you can eat breakfast while watching the fishing boats, birds and seals in the harbour.
Ullapool is one of the prettiest fishing villages in the Highlands and has very good amenities for visitors including restaurants, bars, a leisure centre, swimming pool, museum and the Macphail Theatre. It is easy to spend time in this vibrant Highland community with its regular music nights, festivals, cultural and arts events. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities with hillwalking, nature cruises, kayaking, climbing and cycling possibilities close by. Knowledgeable, friendly staff can provide information on local attractions, hillwalking and nature watching.
Popular with individuals, couples, families and groups, Ullapool Youth Hostel provides an excellent base for exploring a vibrant Highland community and the wild North West Highlands with its iconic mountain scenery, beaches, sea lochs and islands.
Ferries leave daily for Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis whilst cruises visit the Summer Isles.
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Food and Drink
- Alcohol Licence
- Groups meals service Conti Breakfast Only
- Individual meals service Conti Breakfast Only
- Self-catering kitchen
- Bike store
- Distance to nearest shop nearby
- Drying room
- En suite rooms available
- Family friendly
- Lockers/luggage store Limited
- Private rooms available
- Total beds 45
- WiFi access (FREE)
- Lounge/TV room
- Distance to bus stop nearby
- Distance to ferry nearby
- Distance to train station 33 miles
For more information please download the full access statement for this youth hostel here. This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to our suitability for those with access needs, but aims to accurately describe the facilities and services that we offer all our guests/visitors.
Open March to October
Tel: 01854 612 254
Reception Opening Times 07:30 - 10:00 and 16:30 - 22:30.
Check in 16:30 - 22:30
Check out 08:00 - 10:00
Hostel Opening Times early - 10.30 and 16:30 - 00:00
Please note that the youth hostel is closed from 10.30 to 16:30. For those guests staying another night, the quiet room is available until midday.
For the comfort and security of all, the front door is locked at midnight – no admission after.
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.
On-street parking only at this location, subject to availability and limited to 30 minutes in the daytime during the summer. There is a large free car park approximately a 5 minute walk from the youth hostel.
Ferries leave daily for Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis (http://www.calmac.co.uk/) whilst nature cruises visit the Summer Isles on the Shearwater and Seascape (http://www.summerqueen.co.uk/, http://www.sea-scape.co.uk/). The D+E bike and passenger bus travels between Ullapool and Durness (Summer only http://www.decoaches.co.uk/timetables/). There are also daily buses to Inverness (http://www.travelinescotland.com).
Tel: +44 (0) 1854 612 254
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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.
Ullapool 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.
Debbie’s Top Five Car-Free Activities in Ullapool - see information boards and folders at Reception or ask for more information
- Enjoy local arts and crafts and The Saturday Market in The Seaforth carpark
- Jump on a bus - the D+E Summer Bike Bus goes to Durness and Smoo cave. Buses for Achiltibuie head past Stac Pollaidh and Achnahaird Beach but be careful not to miss the bus back!
- Visit Ullapool Museum –a Grade 1 listed Thomas Telford building with local history, archives and changing exhibitions.
- Take a hike up Ullapool Hill, the wee hill with big views, or stroll along the riverside paths out to Rhue Lighthouse.
- Take a dip in the community owned and run swimming pool with poolside sauna – heavenly!
Tom’s Top Five Things to See and Do
- Conquered Aonach Eagach? Braved Liathach? Teetered along the Forcan Ridge? Now it’s time for the finest scrambling ridge on the British mainland – the Corrag Bhuidh pinnacles of An’Teallach.
- Handa Island – The largest colony of guillimots in Britain and lots more besides. Birding heaven with brilliant landscape views.
- Wander where bears once roamed up the limestone glen to the mysterious caves of Creag nan Uamh. Better known as the Bone Caves after the discovery of animal bones of species long extinct on the British Isles – polar bear, brown bear, lynx, wolf and reindeer.
- Knockan Crag: Visit the place where continents collide and span 500 million years with your bare hands.
- Corrieshalloch Gorge: Visit the ‘ugly hollow’ and marvel at the forces of nature that formed this slot gorge. Follow the trails to view the 45m Falls of Measach then walk out over the abyss on the suspension bridge.