Rhenigidale Hostel


Rhenigidale Hostel, Rhenigidale, Isle of Harris, HS3 3BD

    Rhenigidale Hostel lies at the heart of a small crofting community on the remote east coast of Harris. Travellers will find a haven in the Youth Hostel while they explore the mountains and tracks of this quiet and beautiful area.

    Rhenigidale is a small community on the remote east coast of Harris in the Outer Hebrides.  No longer as isolated as it once was, it is still an adventure to travel there.  Travellers will find a haven in the Youth Hostel while they explore the mountains and tracks of this quiet and beautiful area.

    In 1962 when the Hostel opened, the only access to Rhenigidale was by sea or by walking the two miles from Tarbert and taking the footpath over the hills – as the postman did three days a week.   A road was constructed to Rhenigidale in 1989 and today you can arrive by this route, by bike, car, taxi, or on the daily bus.

    The Hostel is at the heart of the small crofting community with the warden living next door. Today there is broadband, electricity and a road, all unknown when the hostel opened 50 years ago.

    Rhenigidale is a simple Two-Star Hostel with three shared bedrooms providing accommodation for 14 people. Tents can be erected outside on leveled ground. You will find good company even if you come as a single person.  You cannot book to stay here - just come  - there is little chance of not finding a bed.

    The Isle of Harris and Lewis is a remarkable part of the British Isles, with fabulous beaches backed by wildflowers  - and a harsher side  - landscapes of naked rock made fertile only by years of toil using seaweed and manure. The interior of Harris can test the most dedicated mountaineer or long-distance walker because of the unrelenting nature of the ground. Walking across this country is a wilderness experience that has few equals.

    The Postman’s Path between Rhenigidale and Tarbert has been called “the most beautiful path in Britain “. It is a well-engineered footpath embracing coast and hill, and passes through dramatic scenery. Another enticement at Rhenigidale is to climb the mountain that dominates the village.  Toddun may be only 528 m high but has the build of a higher mountain and provides a birds-eye view of the community, the coastline of the Outer Hebrides and inland to the challenging mountains of the Harris Forest.


    2 Hostel
    Walkers Welcome Cyclists Welcome
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff
    Rhenigidale Hostel
    £12.00 per person per night (room only)

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


    • Drying Facilities
    • Fridge
    • Gas Cooker
    • Heating Throughout Property
    • Microwave

    Languages Spoken

    • Gaelic Speaking


    • Free Parking On-Site
    • Parking


    • No Smoking Permitted


    • Coastal Location
    • Rural Location
    • Village Location

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- From Tarbert Tourist Information Centre, either follow instructions given from ferry terminal or take the coastal path. Take road to Kyles, Scalpay for 2 miles. Just after Laxdale Lochs, at a bend, follow track on left across hills. There is a clear path over shoulder of Trollamul. Do not take right fork to Molinginish. After fork, path zigzags steeply down and follows coast to Rhenigidale. Allow at least 2 hours and use an O.S map. Path is not suitable for bikes, or in the dark.

    Getting there by railway:- From Glasgow, Queen Street Station, the West Highland Railway goes to Mallaig. From there, travel onward by ferry to Skye, then by bus to Uig ferry terminal. Ferries sail to Tarbert, Isle of Harris. From Tarbert, follow instructions from ferry terminal.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- From Stornoway airport, follow the road from the airport for approximately 1/4 mile to Melbost villiage. The local bus service will take you to the bus station in Stornoway. From there take the Harris bus to Maaruig, then follow the well-signposted directions to the Rhenigidale hostel.

    Getting there by ferry:- From Uig, sail to Tarbert, Harris. From there you can travel by bus, walk or cycle along the A859 towards Stornoway. Take the turning signposted 'Maaruig'. This is along Clisham, highest point of Harris. The road goes downhill for 1/2 a mile, then after a hairpin bend, there is a junction (by phonebox). Turn right and continue for four miles to Rhenigidale, the road ending. The hostel is the white building standing above the road on the east side of the valley.

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