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Durness Smoo Youth Hostel

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Lausanne, Switzerland
Reviewed 6 October 2016

We stayed here 1 night in september 2016. The hostel is really simple and basic, two buildings, one for the bedrooms and one for the common spaces. Rooms are quite dense, but clean, and the facilities are a bit old but correct and clean. The common rooms are nice and cosy, the kitchen is quite big and well equipped. The...

Thank Francesca B
SYHAHostelling, Public Relations Manager at Durness Smoo Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Francesca B Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel following your recent stay with us.As you say with Durness it does what it says on the tin and we hope to welcome you back soon. Regards Dan

Stirling, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Well where to start really nice place to stay we stayed in a room,really comfortable six beds in the room. The bed very comfortable, clean lots off great view. Short walk to lots to do and see, very helpful staff. Helped out with the leaving early :)

Thank Stuart B
SYHAHostelling, Public Relations Manager at Durness Smoo Youth Hostel, responded to this review

HI Stuart B Thanks for your kind review, I will pass on your kind words to the staff and we hope to see you soon. Regards Dan

Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Over night stay here with 10 others. Mary Ann stayed late to meet us and show us the drying room,sleeping quarters etc and where to find our pre booked "wee breakfast ". The drying room was the best one we had encountered in 7 days cycling. The accommodation was suitable for us all. Lack of shower facilities was the only...

Thank madmanxcow
SYHAHostelling, Public Relations Manager at Durness Smoo Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Hi madmanxcow, Thanks for your review, We hope to welcome you back soon Regards Dan

Dingwall, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 July 2016

I stayed here once on a field trip with university and came back with a friend recently. We were in the dormitories, which have six bunk-beds each. It wasn't totally full, so I managed to get a bunk without any one on top of me (which was great!). The room was quiet, warm and the beds were comfy. The receptionist...

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SYHAHostelling, Public Relations Manager at Durness Smoo Youth Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Rachael T, Thanks for taking the time to review our hostel following your recent stay with us, Its great to see overall you had a good experience and have noted your points regarding storage and access to the common area. Regards Dan

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 July 2016

The hostel doesn't look much from the outside, but is warm and comfortable on the inside. Mary Anne couldn't have been more helpful and looked after us very well. The kitchen was well equipped and spacious enough.

Thank Loula2013
SYHAHostelling, Public Relations Manager at Durness Smoo Youth Hostel, responded to this review

hi Loula2013, Thanks for your review following your recent stay with us. Its great to see you had a good time and I will pass on your kind words to Mary-Anne. We hope to welcome you back soon Regards Dan

Boston, United Kingdom
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...

Thank Kajetan D
Reviewed 18 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...

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SYHAHostelling, Manager at Durness Smoo Youth Hostel, responded to this review

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

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...

Thank daviewat
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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...

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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.

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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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Address: Durness IV27 4QA, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Caithness and Sutherland > Durness
Price Range: $77 - $223 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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“Very close to smoth cave”
stuartb293, 26 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Wifi works only in reception hut.”
kajetand2015, 28 Jun 2016 | Read review
“If the hostel is not busy you can pay a bit more and have a private room”
bbbythesea, 15 May 2013 | Read review
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