Achmelvich Beach

About About this youth hostel ....

Sitting on the NC500, beside a beautiful, sheltered white sandy beach, this small and friendly hostel provides a relaxing base to explore miles of unspoilt coastline, secluded beaches and abundant wildlife.

The hostel offers three comfortable private rooms and spacious shared dorm accommodation with private lockers. Other facilities include: a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, cosy lounge/dining area with wood burning stove, laundry and a small shop in reception selling basic provisions, soft drinks and snacks. There is no WiFi because of the hostel’s remote location. 

Achmelvich Beach is a dog-friendly hostel. If you would like to book yourself and your dog into the hostel, please phone the hostel direct on +44 (0) 1571 844 480 to check availability. There is a small charge of £7.50 per night for your dog when staying in our hostels.

‘Wee Breakfast’ and 'Heat it and eat it' evening meals available (please remember to pre-book your breakfast). 

The hostel is also available for exclusive private rental.

Due to planned upgrades to the beach carpark, there will be restricted parking throughout the 2024 season. Landowners surrounding the hostel are making arrangements for limited parking on the land surrounding their crofts. A daily fee of £5 is likely to apply and will be payable in cash, directly to the owner. Unfortunately this will not be available to pre-book and will be managed on a first come basis. 

Why stay?

  • Award Winning Youth Hostel
  • Unique, unspoilt location on the NC500
  • Only 300m from one of the UK’s best beaches
  • Friendly team with expert local knowledge
  • Great for families and dog friendly

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Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel

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Recharn, Lairg, Sutherland IV27 4JB Get Directions

Facilities & Services


April to September (RentaHostel available)

Reception Hours

08:00-10:00 and 17:00-22:00

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Access Hours

Late check in available on request and by prior arrangement. The youth hostel is closed between 10:00 and 17:00.


Laundry Room

Shopping Nearby

Private Rooms

Suitable for Groups

Family Rooms

Bike Store

Lounge/TV Room


Towel Hire

Secure Lockers

Pet Dogs Welcome

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Reasons to visit

Located on the famous NC500 and just 300 metres from a legendary white sandy beach, Achmelvich Beach is the perfect starting point for stunning coastal and hill walks. The crystal clear waters also make it a great base for sea kayaking and snorkelling. 

The Drumbeg Loop is a real driver's road, with spectacular drive with views.  Single track with tight turns and blind bends it boasts some of the most beautiful, dramatic views you will ever see. A must-do and definitely one for the bucket list!

One of the more unusual local attractions is the 'Hermit's Castle'. This children's sized "castle" is hidden away over the headland from Achmelvich Bay, a 10-15 minute walk from Achmelvich Beach. The castle was built in the 1950s and, despite appearances, it's only just big enough to stand inside it. An unusual building in a very wild location.

There are a number of great local restaurants within easy reach including the world famous Lochinver Larder. The Caberfeidh Gastro Pub serves up amazing seafood dishes in an informal pub setting. From ludicrously good langoustines to enormous beer-battered cod goujons and grilled goat's cheese with red onion marmalade - ignore the rustic feel of the interior and enjoy local Scottish seafood at its best!

For wildlife enthusiasts, whale and dolphin watching boat trips leave from Lochinver.

With spectacular scenery, fine local produce and unforgettable sunsets, Achmelvich Beach is a truly memorable stay.

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