Please note, we take no bookings. How to get the best out of a visit

Our Mission is to encourage all but especially young people of limited means to visit the Outer Hebrides and to come to know and love the islands and islanders, especially the islands’ unique flora and fauna and crofting communities.  We provide simple hostels to facilitate this process.  In other words we are not simply accommodation providers.

Our hostels are small, ranging from 12 to 21 beds, and simple providing basis facilities.  They are designed to meet the needs of independent travelling arriving on foot or travelling by cycle, kayaks or horseback.   Our hostels are not designed for large organised commercial groups.  We respectfully ask the organisers of these groups to visit the web sites of Visit Scotland
or the Outer Hebrides Tourist Association
to find accommodation suited to your needs

All our accommodation is in dormitory rooms. We provide no private or en suite facilities.

We take no bookings

Because we take no bookings we cannot predict usage on specific dates even on the day before.

If you have arrived on foot, bicycle or kayak you will not be turned away.  When you arrive at the hostel please claim a bed.  It is yours for the duration of your stay.

We make fair but low charges [Berneray detailsHowmore & Rhemigidale details] for the use of our facilities.  Please pay the charges as shown on the hostel notice board, using the envelopes provided if the warden is not present when you arrive. We are a small organisation run by volunteers with no paid staff.  This keeps our overnights low but we still have to pay all our bills. All surpluses are used to provide more and better hostels.

We provide no facilities for camper vans or their occupants.  We respectfully ask camper vanners to use the facilities specifically designed for their needs which are dotted throughout the islands.  We ask camper vanners and wild campers to note the terms of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code especially in respect of the rights of crofters. 

There is limited parking for cars and motorcycles at or near all our hostels

Hostellers may camp in small tents in the hostel grounds at Howmore and Rhenigidale.  Fees for camping are per person not per tent.  Sadly camping is not possible within the site of our Berneray hostel.  Please note that all our hostels are surrounded by croft land.  We cannot give you permission to camp on this land. 

All our beds are in dormitories.  We have no private rooms.

We take no bookings but no walker or cyclist is turned away. 

Please note this is not a duty-free hostel.  We ask hostellers to leave the hostel as the found it.

Gatliff Hebridean Hostels Trust, 30 Francis Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS1 Registered Scottish Charity SC 013360.  A company limited by guarantee number 111557 (Scotland) Copyright Gatliff Hebridean Hostels Trust