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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
Regards

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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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Thank Dean A
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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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Reviewed 30 June 2015

We'd come to the end of our amazing 12 day adventure through the Highlands, and reached Durness in the most terrible April rain. We'd booked in to the Durness YH with fairly low expectations (as we've stayed in many SYHA youth hostels across Scotland and know that you normally get basic, but clean and comfortable accommodation), but felt that even the most basic requirements were not met here in Durness.

Firstly the central heating for the whole place was broken, so the lady who ran the hostel explained that there were electric heaters in all rooms. Despite this our room was absolutely freezing - not ideal when it was pretty much Winter weather outside. The hostel seemed pretty grubby in general - in need of a good clean, and the buildings in need of a bit of an upgrade i.e. fixing the very drafty single glazed windows, and some work to minimise the damp smell in the sleeping quarters.

We didn't use the communal area for cooking etc so can't really comment on the facilities that end, but the bathrooms didn't even soap for washing your hands.

The only thing that saved our stay in Durness was dinner in the cosy Smoo Cave Hotel/Bar - a welcome escape from the freezing cold outside and inside the hostel. Fairly good food and a pool table too. Smoo Cave itself is also worth a wee visit (though since it had been raining constantly for a few days, we could only access the first cavern - still pretty cool though). Othewise, maybe give Durness a miss...

  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled as a couple
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