Overview of Hostel
Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel sits on the NC500, beside a beautiful, sheltered white sandy beach, close to the iconic mountain of Suilven.
This small and friendly hostel provides a relaxing base to explore miles of unspoilt coastline and discover quiet secluded beaches, crystal clear waters and a
By bus: (please note that there are no buses to or from the youth hostel on Sundays)
Inverness to Ullapool
Mon-Fri: (#67 or 61), Sat: (#67)
Ullapool to Achmelvich Beach:
Mon-Fri: winter period 22/4 - 22/5 (#67)
Mon-Fri: summer period 23/4 - 1/10 (#67)
Mon-Fri on non-schooldays only (#67)
Ullapool to Lochinver
Mon-Fri on schooldays only (#167)
*From Lochinver a taxi can be taken to Achmelvich Beach
Royal Mail Postbus Lairg to Lochinver:
Mon-Sat: Dep. 12.20 - Arr. 13.50
(no service on Sunday)
By train: Inverness to Lairg, Mon-Sat
* connects with Royal Mail Postbus, limited seats available (8)
* no connecting Postbus service on Sunday
* from Lochinver a taxi can be taken to Achmelvich Beach
From Ullapool - take the A835 northwards, left (Ledmore Junction) on the A837 and then just before Lochinver turn right to the B869 for 2 miles and then left for 1 mile following the YH signs. Drive all the way around to the Beach Car Park
From Lochinver - the youth hostel is four miles NW of Lochinver. Up the hill and turn left onto the B869 for 2 miles and then left for 1 mile following the youth hostel signs. Drive all the way around to the Beach Car Park.
On foot: from Lochinver take the Baddidarrach footpath to Achmelvich Beach. This route has spectacular views and takes an hour to an hour-and-a-half, approximately 3.5 miles. Not suitable for a trolley bag or suitcase!.
Lochinver is the closest village, four miles away. Ullapool is one hour's drive south. The youth hostel is a great starting point for climbing hills like Suilven, Stac Pollaidh, Quinag and Canisp. There are also many places to visit nearby by car or on foot including Achmelvich Beach, Sandwood Bay, the Bone Caves, the Split Rock at Clachtoll, the Old man of Stoer, Culag woods, Handa Island and many, many more amazing places...
Conditions & Policy
Credit Cards Accepted
All bookings will include a temporary membership fee per person per night. (Full, existing members of Hostelling Scotland and HI using these channels are not entitled to a membership refund.) Please note that due to demand at this location shared accommodation can be unisex therefore children under the age of 16 can only be accommodated in a private room accompanied by an adult. Hostelling Scotland advise that additional notice be given to the destination youth hostel when travelling with children, to ensure that suitable accommodation is available. Contact details can be found on your booking confirmation. No stag or hen parties are permitted at any youth hostel. Hostelling Scotland does not accept American Express cards as payment or guarantee. When booking for more than 9 people: - Full prepayment is required within 8 weeks of arrival as otherwise the booking will automatically be cancelled. - The following cancellation charges will apply to the entire booking: 57 days or more - 20% of total cost 56 to 29 days - 55% of total cost 28 to day of arrival - 100% of total cost