South Uist Hostels

Holiday accommodation for families,
backpackers and groups on a budget.

The Glendale Bunkhouse and Chalet is where mountain meets sea in the tiny township of North Glendale on the rugged eastern coast of the Isle of South Uist.

The Hostel is located on a working croft, on the shore of Lochboisdale - a sea loch - so you will have a great opportunity to do a bit of seal, otter, deer and bird spotting, as this whole area is abundant in wildlife.

South Uist is one of the islands of the Western Isles (Outer Hebrides) archipelago, 70 miles off the North West coast of Scotland, out in the Atlantic Ocean.

Bunkhouse

The Hostel building is a renovated Blackhouse, the traditional stone cottage of the Highlands and Islands. It has a bunkroom, self-catering kitchen area, shower and toilet.

  • Dormatory of 4 single bunkbeds, with curtains for your comfort and privacy.
  • There is a double fold-out sofa bed, for 2 additional guests.
  • Overflow space for larger groups may be available in the chalet or campground.
  • A communal seating area with table, that can fit upto six people.
  • This accommodation is usually shared with other guests, unless you book all four bunks.
  • All bed linen is provided, but please bring your own towel.
November to March = £12
April to October = £14

per person per night
  • Sleeps 4+2 in 1 room
  • Shower
  • Self catering kitchen
  • Mixed dormatory
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free WiFi

Bunk Beds

There are four single bunks, some of which are accessed by a ladder, so the upper bunks are unsuitable for younger children. Please let us know if you need a ground level bunk.

Exploring

The bunkhouse is a great base for backpackers, cyclists and walking holidays. Putting you in striking distance of the East and West Atlantic coasts of Uist, as well as the islands of Eriskay and Barra, with it's famous beach runway. Every corner you turn will be one pituresque vista after another.

All the Essentials

The hostel has a fully equipped kitchen, seating area, shower, toilet, washing machine and a bike-store.

Chalet

The caravan-style chalet's snug sitting room, directly overlooks the sea loch, which is just 50 metres down the hill. The view changes with each ebb and flow of the tide, as does the wildlife.

  • Sleeps 6 in two twin bedrooms and one double bedroom.
  • Fully equipped fitted kitchen, living room, shower and toilet.
  • TV, DVD player and CD Player.
  • All linen and towels are provided.
  • This accommondation is not shared with other guests.
November to March = £180
April to October = £200

per week
  • Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms
  • Shower
  • Self catering kitchen
  • TV & DVD
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free WiFi

Working Croft

The chalet is located within a traditional croft, with sheep grazing nearby. Dogs are welcome, but should be kept under control, especially during lambing season.

Stunning Views

Even when it's not exploring weather, you can sit in the warm and comfort of the chalet; enjoying the majestic view of Lochboisdale and it's wildlife.

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Overflow Camping

If your group needs extra space, there is a level camping ground which has a great view across the loch. The campsite has a separate toilet and shower block, with an adjoining changing area. Campers can also have access to the hostel's self-catering kitchen if required. Guests who require only camping, may also be able to use this facility, you do not need to pay a deposit for this, simply get in touch to reserve your pitch at the following cost.

1 or 2 people = £10
3 or more people = £15

per pitch per night
  • Upto 6 tent pitches
  • Shower block
  • Self catering kitchen
  • Toilet block
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free on-site WiFi

Location & Directions

The Glendale Hostel is owned by Gaelic singer and music tutor Paul McCallum, the township is also known as the "Glen of Muses" where the language, culture and music of the Island is still kept alive by the proprietor and his neighbours.

The beautiful white sandy beaches of the Western shore are only two miles away, bordered by stunning machair dunelands covered in wildflowers and are abundant with birdlife. The Uists hold breeding bird populations of international importance, including Hen Harriers, Eagles and Phalarope. Snowy Owls are also a regular visitor to the Uists! Beside the beach is also the famous 18 hole Askernish Golf Course which was orginally laid out by Old Tom Morris in 1891 and which has recently been lovingly restored.

Daliburgh and Lochboisdale are only a few miles away, providing a variety of services including shops, cafe, fish & chips, post office, doctor's surgery, filling station, garage, bank and tourist information. The Uists also offer cafes, bistros and hotels where you can enjoy excellent local food and drink. As well as a museum, local arts & crafts, horse riding, boat tours and much more.

Address

Croft No. 3, North Glendale, Isle of South Uist, HS8 5UD
Telephone: 07964 681 901
Ordnance Survey grid reference: NF788175

Ferry

North Glendale is at the Southern end of the Western Isles. The most popular way to get here is via the ferries connecting Oban or Mallaig on the mainland, to the nearby Lochboisdale Ferry Terminal. For current timetables, fares and bookings, visit the Caledonian MacBrayne website. Pick up from the Lochboisdale or Eriskay ferry terminals may be available upon request.

Walking, Cycling or Driving

Heading South on the A865 from North Uist and Benbecula or East from Lochboisdale, turn onto the B888 at the junction outside the Borrodale Hotel in Daliburgh. After a couple of miles take the second left turn to North Glendale, where a single track road goes around the South of the loch. Continue through South Lochboisdale to the road's end. The Hostel is on the corner, just before the road becomes a dirt track.

There is on-site parking for approximately 3 vehicles. For precise directions from your location, please use the map above.

Flying

Flights from Glasgow, Stornoway, Inverness and Barra, land at Benbecula Airport (BEB). Visit the Loganair website for schedules and bookings.

Buses

Visit the local council website for current bus timetables. Services are also provided by Hebridean Coaches, for more information you can phone them 01870 620 345.

Electric Car Charging

An outdoor electrical hookup is available at a cost of £12 per day, to charge electric vehicles - subject to compatibility. Some of the power will be generated by the wind turbine and solar panels, which are located on the croft. The Uists are also well equipped with a network of public EV chargers.

Large Groups

If available, it is possible to block book all of the accommodation, for a single party of upto 12 people sleeping indoors and even more with the whole campground thrown in for free! All from £112 per night, that's only £9.33 per person.

Extra facilities may also be available if your group needs special equipment or a support vehicle. These include outdoor electricity and water hookups, as well as a chemical toilet disposal service. This is strictly by prior arangement and may incure extra costs.

Dementia Awareness

Upon arrival, please proceed directly to your accommodation. Please DO NOT call at the house. The proprietor's mother has dementia and while she will attempt to help you in any way she can, she is not in a position to do so. If you require assistance during your stay, please phone Paul on 07964 681 901. Thank you for your understanding.

Make a Booking

Please use the contact form below or phone Paul on 07964 681 901 to check the availability, for the accommodation you'd like to book. You will then be asked to pay a deposit - using the buttons below - to confirm your booking (powered by Paypal but account is not required). Please note that accommodation will remain available for others to book, until a deposit has been paid.

Pay Deposit

A non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your booking. Once you have confirmed availability of your accommodation, you will be asked to click one of the buttons below, to pay your deposit online. An account with PayPal is not required for this, simply follow the instructions on the payment screen.

The remainder of your booking fee is payable in cash when you arrive or if you do have a PayPal account, a link can be emailed to you to pay online before you set off. Please read the terms and condition carefully, payment of your deposit will indicate your acceptance of them.

Terms & Conditions at a Glance

  1. Deposits - Your deposit covers the cost of preparing for your visit and is non-refundable.
  2. Cancellations - If payment has been received prior to your arrival and you choose to cancel within 14 days, then a refund is not possible. If you cancel 14 days or more before arrival, then a part or full refund (minus your deposit) may be possible.
  3. Damage - Any guest found to have caused damage to the hostel or any property within it, will be required to pay for any repairs or replacements that may be necessary.
  4. Behaviour - All forms of antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated. Guests may be asked to leave at any time (day or night) if their actions are likely to cause harm or distress to others. This will be at the sole discretion of the proprietor.

Terms of Booking & Booking Deposit in Detail

By placing a booking with us (the property owner / his/her representative) you (the lead guest) and your booking party (guests) agree to the following terms and conditions as set-out. During your stay you agree to abide by the subsequent conditions as set-out. If you have any questions about booking with us, please contact us before making a booking.

To place a booking with us the lead guest must be at least 16 years of age. The maximum number of staying guests per room is illustrated in the room occupancy details on the website. Where the person making the booking is different to the lead guest taking up the occupation, the person making the booking may be held responsible for cancellation, non-arrival and damages as set-out within. Only the lead guest and the named booking party are allowed to use the property and its facilities, any third party visitors are only allowed access at our express permission.

To secure any booking we require a deposit to be paid in advance, this deposit amount is = £5 for single bunk/bed or £50 for chalet and block-bookings.

Deposit payments must be 'cleared funds' before a booking can be confirmed. Deposits are only refundable under the conditions set-out here within.

Payments can be made online prior to arrival or by cash upon arrival. Any charges raised against us by our banks for handling dishonoured cheque's, bank transfers or any other payments, must be reimbursed by the lead guest within seven (7) days of any request to do so.

All guests agree to respect the privacy and peace of all other staying guests, neighbours and the owners at all times. We reserve the right to cancel a booking with immediate effect if guests are not honouring this agreement or causing a disturbance / nuisance to other guests, neighbours or the owners.

Check-in & Check-out

Guests must check-in and check-out by the times stated below;
Check-in: After 14:00pm and before 19:00pm on day of arrival
Check-out: Before 11:00am on day of departure

Cancellation, Returned Deposit & Non-Arrival Conditions

Guest who need to cancel a booking should contact us as soon as possible. Deposits already paid are non-refundable. Any other payment may only returned in accordance with the following conditions;
Cancellation made 15 days or more in advance of arrival date = Full refund (excluding deposit)
Cancellation made 14 days or less of arrival date = 50% refund (excluding deposit)
Cancellation made 48hrs or less of arrival date = No refund issued, full amount of booking due

Non-arrival guests, who are unable to attend or fail to attend for whatever reason forfeit their deposit paid and the full amount of the booking will be due. It is suggested that booking guests take out appropriate holiday / cancellation insurance where required.

In the rare event we need to cancel your booking with us, please be aware that we cannot be held liable for circumstances beyond our control and that our liability to you is limited to the refund of any payment already made.

WiFi Fair & Appropriate Usage Policy

Where WiFi Internet access is provided, guests accept to use this access to the Internet fairly and appropriately. We may monitor network performance and user usage in order to maintain a fair and high level of service to all our guests.

The Internet access provided is intended for general use such as access to the world wide web, email, messaging, social media, light video / music / media streaming. It is not intended or ideally suited for heavy media streaming, online gaming, extensive downloads / uploads. Access to illegal activity or use of our network for illegal activity is prohibited and will be reported to local authorities.

Damages & Lost Property

We reserve the right to charge the lead guest for any damages caused through the course of a booking by any member of the booking party or third parties associated with them. This includes breakages, spillages, stains, damage to furniture or fixtures and fittings. Any accidental damages should be reported as soon as possible in order to minimise damage and associated costs. Lost keys / fobs / access cards will incur a replacement charge per key / fob / card lost.

Any lost property, if discovered and found, left behind by guests during a stay will be held for a period of 1 month. While we will make our best efforts to reunite lost property with their owners we accept no responsibility in replacing lost items and encourage guests to ensure they have all their belonging before checking-out. We may offer to post lost items via recorded delivery at the cost to its owner, otherwise collection can be arranged.

Smoking & Vaping

Smoking of any tobacco products including, but not limited to cigarettes, pipes, cigars, snuff or chewing tobacco, is only allowed in designated areas as sign posted throughout the accommodation and is in accordance with the Health Act 2006.

Vaping is permitted in most areas, provided that it is not a nuisance to other guests. Anyone who is vaping and is asked by any person to stop, should immediately cease or move to a designated smoking area.

Pets & Service Dogs

We do accept dogs throughout the accommodation, including service dogs. Guests should request permission before bringing any other kind of pet. Animals must be kept under control at all time and are not permitted on beds or other soft furnishings. The lead guest will be held liable for any damage caused by an animal in their party's care.

Parking

Where on-site parking is provided guests accept that they park their vehicles at their own risk.

Your Personal Details & Privacy

We are required to keep a register of guests over the age of 16 who stay with us, this includes full names and may also include nationality, and/or passport numbers, place of issue, details of next destination if they are non-British, Irish or Commonwealth guests. This is in accordance with the (Immigration (Hotel records) Order 1972). These records are kept for a minimum of 12 months and in accordance with the DPA (Data Protection Act 1998) and the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

Our policy surrounding the personal details you provide as part of any booking or enquiry through this website / or third party website, including the privacy of those details are explained and set out in our Privacy Policy which you can read here.

You accept that any entries you make to an on-site guest book, if available, will not contain personal information or details you would not want disclosed. Any entries containing personal details that may fall into the DPA and GDPR may be removed and destroyed.

Our Right To Cancellation

We reserve the right to cancel any booking without compensation, refund or reimbursement if the terms of these conditions are breached.

Musical Interlude

Paul McCallum ~ Ceolas Concert, Celtic Connections | © Iain MacDonald - February 2012