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Isle of Skye hostels and bunkhouses for backpackers
The Isle of Skye is the largest island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. The Cuillin hills are at the center of the island and the peninsula around it had been inhabited from the Mesolithic period. The local population is about 9,200. Tourism is the mainstay of the economy, with agriculture, whiskey distilling, and fishing also contributing to the livelihood of the locals. In spite of the Gaelic history of the island, only about 30% of the people speak the Gaelic language.
The breathtaking scenery, the exotic heritage and culture, and the plentiful existence of wildlife, particularly the Red Deer, Golden Eagle, and Salmon, are great tourist attractions. Next to the public sector, the hotels, restaurants, and distribution industry is the second highest revenue generating segment in the island. Naturally, there are various Isle of Skye hostels that are comfortable and affordable.
Isle of Skye hostels are in the range of EUR 10 to EUR 20 for shared accommodation and between EUR 16 to EUR 28 for private accommodation. Skye Backpackers is true to its name, an affordable place of stay for backpackers traveling on a shoe-string budget. The visiting crowd is mostly young travelers and students. Shared rooms are EUR 11.08 upwards and private accommodation starts from EUR 17.17. The atmosphere in this Isle of Skye hostel is very friendly. Breakfast in this hostel is EUR 2.11.
Saucy Mary's Lodge is situated close to the Skye Bridge and overlooks the sea, Loch Alsh, the Isle of Rassay, the Cuillin Mountains, and the ruins of Caste Moil. Shared rooms are EUR 11.63 and private rooms are EUR 18.78. Rooms with double/twin beds, as well as 3, 4 and 5 beds are provided. The hostel has got a bar with live music, games room, and pool tables. Breakfast is EUR 2.77. Broadford Hostel is another Isle of Skye hostel for backpackers near the Broadford Pier. Dormitories cost you EUR 13.30, while 4-bed and 5-bed rooms are EUR 16.07. Private rooms are available for EUR 17.17.
Uig Youth Hostel overlooks the bay and is situated on an elevation in the southern part of the island. However, the hostel offer only bedding and you have to arrange your food elsewhere. Glenbrittle Youth Hostel is a Norwegian style of wooden structure. A self catering kitchen is provided. Beds cost around EUR 16.30. Skyewalker Hostel has got 40 beds from twin beds to 10-bed dormitory and a self catering kitchen. The hostel provides live music periodically and the hostel offers a campsite at the back of the hostel. The beach is very near the hostel. Rates are around EUR 16.70.
Croft Bunkhouse & Bothies and Wigwams are a 12-acre 5-hostels complex, with bunkhouses, family units, and twin rooms. Accommodations start from EUR 11.00. Portree Independent Hostel had been converted from the old Post Office, with 60 rooms having up to 4 beds and dorms of 6, 10, and 12 beds. A common kitchen is provided. Raasay Hostel is a simpler one with beautiful vies of the mainland and the island. This hostel is situated in a Nature Conservancy area, where rare birds and animals could be sighted.
Sligachan Bunkhouse is located near the Mountaineers' Hotel and could accommodate up to 20 persons in 4 and 6 bed rooms. Dun Flodigarry is a family-run Isle of Skye hostel on the scenic Trotternish Peninsula in the northern end of the island. This hostel is very near the sea and the view would take your breathe away. Dunvegan Hotel Bunkhouses have 2 bunkhouses of 6 beds each. There is no kitchen in these bunkhouses and food arrangements have to be made elsewhere.