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Durness Smoo Youth Hostel
Reviewed 28 June 2016

You can not expect a lot from a former second world war army huts. But you will be suprised how much you can expect from its location. Hostel is little less than average, definitely needs some tlc. But as every other place it has a good points. First the location, just next to smoo cave, with a lovely ocean wiev and just a minute of walk to the lovely Durness beach.
There are two huts, one of them for rooms and the second one with a reception, kitchen and dining area with a fire place.
It isn't the cheapest place but it is hard to find anything cheaper in Durness.
If you travel with kids it is not a place for you. But if you are young and travel with your friends or alone you will be happy with that.
Hostel has a huge kitchen, great staff and you can be sure that you will find a great people who stay over there.

Room Tip: Wifi works only in reception hut.
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  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 May 2016

The problem with Durness: it is such a beautiful and popular little town, with so many interesting features, but unfortunately it is quite difficult to find reasonably priced accommodation. This time around we spent a night at the Smoo Youth Hostel on our trip around the North Coast.
The positives: a very friendly guy behind the receptiondesk. And a really nice (though basic) kitchen-living room area with a real "hostel" feel to it, meaning that it is a place where people spend time to eat, talk. read, discuss trips and meet.
Having said that: our bedroom was very cold, even in August (okay, the weather was very bad). The walls paper thin - while in the room next door was a family of 4 with a drunken and quarreling father. So we got to hear all of his problems with how expensive their room was and that because of this he sure wasn't going to lower his voice to suite the neighbours. No he wasn't. Neither was his wife in arguing his behaviour.
Apart from that toilets and bathrooms were not very clean and the whole place was really a bit run down.
The room itself was GBP100 for 3 persons in a room. Although I don't mind basic, I must say that I did sympathise with the drunken neighbour in so far as his feelings on the price of the room were concerned.

  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled with family
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SYHAHostelling, Manager at Durness Smoo Youth Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2016

Hi Sterres12,
Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel following your recent stay with us. We appreciate all feedback and will look at the points you have raised to see where we can improve our service,and also pass on your kind words to the staff.
We hope to see you back soon

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Reviewed 24 February 2016

OK I am mabay a little biast having run the hostel in 1998 but that said it is a comfortable if unusual place to sleep and spend a night or 2. An old war hut structure it is split in 2 one part the kitchen/lounge/reception etc and the other the beds and ablutions. It is set in an amzing location right on top of Smoo Cave almost. A gentle walk of around 30 minutes takes you to the village and pub. Amazing beaches abound here.

Stayed: May 2015, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 September 2015

SYHA hostel accommodated in two former army huts built during the 2nd world war. It’s remarkable that temporary buildings thrown up hastily 70 years ago as part of the defences along the north coast are still in good condition and quite serviceable in such a storm battered and wind swept location. A few minutes walk from Smoo cave. Pick up the booklet at Tourist Info for details of local walks. The hills to the south of the hostel are accessible by track and offer amazing views over Durness and the surrounding area. Parking on-site. Staff efficient, friendly and welcoming. Building is well maintained and decorated. Dorms comfortable. Decent washroom and shower. Guest kitchen well equipped. Large comfy lounge area. Shops at western end of village – a mile or so away. Pleasant stay. Recommended.

  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 August 2015 via mobile

Stopped in whilst on a cycling trip. Nice and tidy with good facilities including option of getting clothes cleaned. Super friendly staff including the dog. If you're planning on using the hostel computer for anything serious though you might have difficulties, didn't work that well. Apart from that it's ace. Would use again.

Stayed: August 2015, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Durness Smoo Youth Hostel

Address: Durness IV27 4QA, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Caithness and Sutherland > Durness
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Durness
Price Range: $82 - $242 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Durness Smoo Youth Hostel 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Durness Smoo Youth Hostel is surrounded by wild and spectacular landscape. There are mountains, sea cliffs, beaches and waterfalls. On a clear night the starry skies are incredible, made even better if you are fortunate enough to see the Northern Lights. Durness provides a refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and John Lennon himself holidayed here for many years. Our Durness Smoo Youth Hostel is relaxed and friendly and provides a simple base in which to explore the area on a budget. There are both multi-shared and private rooms, a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, drying room and cosy lounge which is heated by a coal-burning stove. Wi-Fi during your stay: We do our best to deliver a free Wi-Fi service but apologise that connectivity, particularly in our rural locations, can be intermittent due to the level of our current broadband provision along with high usage when the youth hostel is busy. Please be assured we are endeavouring to improve where we can. We thank you for your patience and understanding. ... more   less 
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