Port Charlotte Youth Hostel is a converted whisky warehouse of the former Lochindaal Distillery, sitting right on the shore of Loch Indaal on the Isle of Islay and boasting wonderful sea views. The youth hostel offers a range of shared accommodation and private rooms making it perfect for groups, families and individual travellers.

Other facilities include a spacious and well-equipped self-catering kitchen overlooking the bay and a common room for families and groups with a TV and comfortable furniture.

Perfectly situated beside a safe, white sandy beach, this charming youth hostel is located in the village of Port Charlotte with its whitewashed cottages, numerous restaurants, tea and coffee shops.

With endless white sandy beaches, towering cliffs, an RSPB nature reserve, the Museum of Island life and eight distilleries on the island, Port Charlotte is the perfect base for families, outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts alike.


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 Conti Breakfast Only
  • Individual meals service Conti Breakfast Only
  • Self-catering kitchen

Hostel Services

  • Bike store
  • Distance to nearest shop 50 meters
  • Drying room
  • Family friendly
  • Laundry
  • Private rooms available
  • Suitable for groups
  • Total beds 30

Internet Access

  • WiFi access (FREE)


  • Lounge/TV room


  • Distance to airport 16 miles
  • Distance to bus stop nearby
  • Distance to ferry 14 miles
  • Parking nearby (free/charges apply) Small car park



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 and RentaHostel

Tel: 01496 850 385

Reception Opening Times 08:00 - 10.00 and 17:00 - 21:30

Check in 17:00

Check out 10:00

The main youth hostel building is closed between 10:00 and 14:00. After 14:00 the common room will be available and guests who have already checked in can access their rooms again.

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.

A lot of Distilleries on the island have restricted opening hours, especially at weekends. If there are specific distilleries that you already have in mind to visit we suggest that you consider contacting them in advance and booking your tour to secure your place.

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It is possible to travel to all but two of the distilleries on the island by public bus, see timetable below for frequency. If arriving on the evening ferry (usually to Port Ellen) be aware that there are no public buses to meet that ferry. There are also no buses on Sundays on the island.

The local eating establishments stop serving meals at around 8.30pm, see below to find out more about hostel meals.

Getting Here

If you plan to bring your car it is a good idea to book your place on the ferry in advance with Calmac.

For help with planning your journey by public transport here are some useful website links.

If you require phone numbers of local taxi companies or cycle hire please contact the hostel directly.

Traveline Scotland 

Citylink buses

Islay bus timetable 


Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay, Argyll PA48 7TX Scotland

Tel: +44 (0) 1496 850 385

Email: islay@hostellingscotland.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.

Port Charlotte 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.

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.