Set in Skye's rugged beauty, just over a mile from the beach and close to the magical Fairy Pools, Glenbrittle is a great rustic youth hostel at which to spend a few days relaxing and enjoying the outdoors.

The hostel has a long tradition of providing a welcome base for walkers and climbers tackling the famous Cuillin Ridge, including some of Scotland’s most challenging peaks.

It offers guests a range of shared accommodation and private rooms, a modern self-catering kitchen as well as plenty of dining space. Facilities include a drying room and a homely shared lounge area adorned with old photographs of the surrounding area. There are numerous books and games as well as a guitar for the evenings and a small shop sells basic food items and other essentials, including ice-cream!

For the ambitious mountaineer, the Skye Munros and the Cuillin Ridge will provide the perfect playground. For the less adventurous there are plenty of opportunities to experience the wildlife and natural beauty of Skye with coastal and low-level walks to suit all abilities and weather conditions. For those looking to capture a traditional taste of Scotland, the Talisker Distillery is about 7 miles from the youth hostel.


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Food and Drink

  • Alcohol Licence
  • Groups meals service Conti Breakfast
  • Individual meals service Conti Breakfast
  • Self-catering kitchen

Hostel Services

  • Bike store
  • Distance to nearest shop 1.5 miles
  • Drying room
  • Laundry
  • Lockers/luggage store
  • Private rooms available
  • Total beds 26


  • Distance to bus stop 7 miles


Open April to September

Tel: 01478 640 278

Reception Opening Times 08:00 - 10.30 and 17:00 - 22.00.

Check in 17:00 - 22:00

Check out 08:00 - 10:00

Hostel Opening Times 07:30 - 10.30 and 17:00 - 23.30.

Day access may be available, please contact the hostel beforehand, but note that arrangements for this may only be possible on short notice and may only be confirmed on arrival.

The entrance area including access to a public phone and toilet in the outhouse remains open all day.

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

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, and the main 10 bed dorm is often classed as mixed gender. Also we do not accept stag or hen parties at any of our hostels.


Glenbrittle, by Carbost, Isle of Skye IV47 8TA Scotland

Tel: +44 (0) 1478 640278



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