Durness Smoo

About About this youth hostel ....

Sitting on the famous NC500, surrounded by a wild and spectacular landscape, Durness Smoo offers a refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A simple but welcoming base for exploring the local area the hostel offers a range of comfortable private rooms and shared dorms. None of the rooms are en-suite but ample shower and washroom facilities are available.

WiFi is free for all guests and other facilities include: a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, a small drying room and secure cycle storage. Basic provisions, confectionery and soft drinks are available to purchase at reception and local shops are only a 15 minute walk away. The hostel is licensed so you can enjoy a local ale or glass of wine while relaxing in the hostel’s cosy lounge with its coal-burning stove. Parking facilities are available for up to six cars and guests are welcome to use the car park at the nearby Smoo Caves (local parking charges may apply).

On a clear night the starry skies are incredible and you might even catch the Northern Lights if you’re lucky!

Durness Smoo 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) 1971 511 264 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.

Why stay?

  • On the NC500, surrounded by spectacular scenery
  • Walking distance from Smoo Caves
  • Friendly team with expert local knowledge
  • Dog Friendly
  • Licensed, serving local beers and wine

For more information on the hostel, accessibility and the local area please click here 

Durness Smoo Youth Hostel

Based on guest review ratings
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Facilities & Services


April to September (RentaHostel available all year)

Reception Hours

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

Check in

17:00 - 22:00

Check out

08:00 - 10:00

Access Hours

Late check in available on request and by prior arrangement. The youth hostel is closed between 10.00-17.00, though daytime access may be arranged.


Pet Dogs Welcome

Private Rooms

Alcohol Licence

Towel Hire

Secure Lockers

Bike Store

Access with limited mobility

Free Tea and Coffee in Guest Kitchen

Free Wifi

Laundry Room

Drying Room

Luggage Store

Catering Available (Breakfast Only)

Free Parking (nearby or onsite)

Guest Reviews

Reasons to visit

Located on the North Coast 500 and surrounded by wild and spectacular landscape, Durness Smoo offers a relaxed and friendly base to explore the local area from mountains to sea cliffs, beaches and waterfalls. On a clear night the starry skies are incredible, made even more memorable if you're lucky enough to catch the Northern Lights.

With its rocky coastline, turquoise waters and sweeping golden sands, Durness Beach is a perfect example of the spectacular scenery you will find in the North West Highlands.

With three huge chambers and a 20 metre high waterfall through its heart, Smoo Cave is Britain’s biggest sea cave and a marvellous sight. Legend even has it that the cave is home to the spirits who guard the entrance to the netherworld. Explore the mystical cave before stretching your legs on the Smoo Cave and Bhlar Duibhe walk, an enjoyable circular route through open moorland and a popular choice with birdwatchers. 

From wildlife to natural wonders and ancient history, Durness captures Scotland at its best!

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