All Youth Hostels in the North West Highlands & Islands of Scotland
(clicking the map links to the hostel pages of either the SYHA or the IBHS)

Why this page? SYHA (Scottish Youth Hostel Association) has quite an advantage on IBHS (Independent Backpackers Hostels Scotland), or other Highland Hostels for the simple reason that their hostels are marked on all Ordnance Survey maps. This, as a consequence, might leave you wandering about in the utmost drowning downpour, if you just didn't come to taking down the hostel addresses of the IBHS or don't have the infamous Blue Guide. Bummer, especially since IBHS has a lot more of them scattered around the north west of Scotland, i.e. Sutherland, Assynt, Wester Ross, Inverness, Fort William, Skye, Harris, Lewis, other Hebridean Islands etc., ranging from elementary barracks to opulent luxury. Since neither of these organisations refers to the other on its site (IBHS and HH overlap), this might just happen...
Furthermore, comparing the various maps to plan a trek or other journey might get tedious - in fact, I can assure you that it IS tedious, since it's exactly what I did. The geographical map below takes in all the youth hostels run by either SYHA, IBHS or other, lying north west of the Great Glen fault, including some east and south east of Fort William. As you can see, there's no complaining about lack of hostel accomodation.
The two blue dots in the Western Isles are marked on OS maps, but are not featured on the sites... also note that IBHS has some new hostels that do not have a site yet (some of them are already available through the HH site though). I've added the rating they got from the Scottish Tourist Board, hence the stars when you hover over a dot - not that this should be your sole guide on hostel quality. I'd also like to point out that 4 of the most charming (SYHA) hostels on the Outer Hebrides are set in traditional crofters cottages and are are run by the Gatliff trust.
(All hostels' sites link to Streetmap, but I often find Multimap a lot handier when zooming in or out)
This is a one-page site. All clicks open a new browser window.

SYHA

IBHS

HH

Galson Farm Bh Rockview Bh * Balivanich Bh Dunard Hostel Drinishader Bh Am Bothan Bh ***** Uig YH ** Glenbrittle YH *** Uist OC * Laxdale Bh *** Stornoway Backpackers Hs Fairhaven Garenin YH * Kershader YH Rhenigidale YH * Berneray YH * Howmore YH Raasay YH * Broadford YH *** Armadale YH * Tobermory YH **** Loch Ossian YH *** Loch Lochy YH ** Loch Ness YH ** Ratagan YH **** Glen Affric YH * Cannich YH ** Torridon YH **** Craig YH Carn Dearg YH *** Ullapool YH *** Achininver YH * Achmelvich Beach YH * Carbisdale Castle YH **** Tongue YH * Helmsdale YH Durness YH John O' Groats YH ** Glencoe YH *** Glen Nevis YH *** Arle Farm Lodge ** Millhouse AC WHW Sleeper ** Glencoe Bhs Blackwater Hostel Corrour Station Bh Station Lodge Grey Corrie Lodge Glenfinnan Sleeping Car Farr Cottage Hostel **** Isle of Muck Bh Glebe Barn Flora MacDonald Hostel * Croft Bh & Bs Sligachan Bh Waterfront Bh Portree IH Dun Flodigarry Hostel Sheena's Backpackers Lodge Lazy Crofter Bh ** Thurso YCH Sleeperzzz.com Ullapool Tourist Hostel Sail Mhor Croft Hostel Kinlochewe Bh Achnashellach Hostel Strathconon Inn Hostel Balintraid Backpackers Plockton Station Bh Cuchulainns Tigh Iseabeal Cougie Lodge Loch Ness Backpackers Lodge Morag's Lodge **** Invergarry Lodge **** Stavaigers Lodge Dun Caan Hostel Kyleakin YH *** Skye Backpackers ** Inverness Millburn YH ***** The Long Lie In Ho Ho Hostel Eastgate Backpackers Hostel Bazpackers' Backpackers Hotel Ben Nevis Inn Achintee Farm Hostel Calluna Fort William Backpackers Bank Street Lodge Sandra's Backpackers Hostel Inchnadamph Lodge Badrallach By & Cs *** Kate's Cottage Kinloch Castle Rua Reidh Lighthouse Hostel Silver Fir Morvich Kintail NTS Hostel Inchree Centre *** Mol Mor NTS Knoydart Foundation Bunkhouse
map preview used by kind permission - splendid satellite maps are available in large format here

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