I spent 2 nights at the Dun Flodigarry Hostel in June 2012 for a couple of days hillwalking. I'm glad I chose to stay here!
The hostel lies about 20 miles from Portree or 10 miles from Uig. Although it's far from being close to a town centre, it is a good mid-point between the main town of Portree and the ferry terminal at Uig, which serves North Uist and Harris. There are regular buses to both towns. Admittedly, I had the car so it's relative remoteness was not a problem, and is indeed one of its major advantages.
The hostel sits close to the coast, with a short walk down to the shoreline and boasts excellent views over to the dramatic Torridon mountains on the mainland.
The owners - Gavin and Annabelle - could not have made you feel more welcome, and are only too happy to have a blether and recommend things to see and do on Skye. They recommended that we walk the Trotternish ridge, by getting the bus to the Storr, and walking the ridge back to the hostel. Unfortunately after finding the peak of the Storr in the low cloud, we decided to return and get the bus back to Flodigarry, as it's no fun trying to navigate with about 30m visibility! The weather picked up later in the day and the Quiraing circuit is close by and offered an excellent walk. If I did not have to move on to other places I would have stayed for another couple of nights to complete the ridge walk and indeed relax with a great view over the sea!
The rooms and facilities in the hostel are of a high standard and kept spotlessly clean. There is plenty of room in the kitchen both for cooking and for storage of food. Essential foods etc. that you may have forgotten are available to buy from the reception. If you can't be bothered to cook then the Flodigarry Country House Hotel is practically next door, and offers a good bar menu, if a little expensive.
Overall, this hostel was a great little find, a comfy place to put your head down for the night for only £17. There is no shortage of hostels on Skye, but I would say that Dun Flodigarry goes well beyond the average standard.
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- Dun Flodigarry Hostel Staffin, Isle Of Skye, Scotland