John's Bunkhouse

Berneray, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS6 5BJ


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Johns Bunkhouse, which opened in 2018, is located right at the heart of the Outer Hebrides. It is a purpose-built, stylish hostel.  Built on the site of a traditional Hebridean black house, it combines the charm of the original building with the comfort of a modern hostel.

The bunkhouse is a 10-minute walk to the Harris ferry, the causeway to North Uist and the local shop and bistro. There is a bus stop at the top of the road with daily buses to Lochmaddy, Benbecula and South Uist. It is an ideal stopping off point for those doing the Hebridean Way or for people staying longer, wanting to explore the Uists and Harris. We are open all year round as each season offers a new experience. In spring and summer there are beach and water activities, the long hours of daylight and local festivals. In autumn and winter, we provide a cosy retreat for those wanting to experience the extremes of the Hebridean winter - crisp, still sunny days, and exhilarating stormy weather.

The bunkhouse accommodates 8 people. There is a large bunk room for 4 with an ensuite bathroom, and 2 smaller bunkrooms sharing a large, wheelchair accessible shower room. We welcome individual travellers, families, and groups of friends.

Our well-equipped kitchen/ living -room has a heart- warming, peat -burning stove. There is also a drying room and bike shed. John’s Bunkhouse is a low energy hostel. Our underfloor heating is provided by a heat pump. We have good recycling facilities and a hot composting bin for food waste.

The hostel looks on to a tidal beach which is perfect for wild swimming, foraging and kitesurfing. With its resident colony of waders, it is a great place to birdwatch.  Starting at the bunkhouse a walk around the whole island is easily achieved in a few hours. Then you can discover Berneray’s long sandy beaches, its abundance of wild flowers and from its hills see the islands of the Sound of Harris and in the distance, St.Kilda.

Guide Prices

Number of Rooms / Units
Room / Unit TypeRoom / Unit Tariff*
Double Bunk Room£25.00 per person per night (room only)
Single Bunk£25.00 per person per night (room only)
Single Bunk Room£25.00 per person per night (room only)

*Adults £25 a night. £150 weekly.
Children £15 a night. £90 weekly.
Sole use weekly bookings October - April £400 weekly


Accommodation Type

  • Cheap Holidays
  • Self Catering Holiday


  • Eating Out Facilities within 2 miles


  • Children Welcome


  • Bunk Beds
  • Electric Cooker
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Gas Cooker
  • Hairdryer Available
  • Heating Throughout Property
  • Indoor Drying Facility
  • Iron Available
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove
  • Shower
  • Towel Charge


  • Internet Access
  • No Smoking Permitted

Leisure Facilities

  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • WiFi


  • Island Location

Payment Methods

  • Cash
  • Debit Card
  • Paypal


  • Bike Storage Available
  • Free Parking On-Site
  • On Public Transport Route

Map & Directions



  • Other AwardsSilver Listing Silver Listing 2013
  • Other AwardsOuter Hebrides Tourism Member Outer Hebrides Tourism Member 2020
  • Other AwardsWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* Hostel is closed for cleaning most days between 11am and 4pm

What's Nearby

  1. Close to the ferry terminal lie the slight remains of a burial cairn, probably dating to…

    0.28 miles away
  2. A large seal with a forehead and less spots than the Harbour Seal. Males can be up to 3.3…

    0.31 miles away
  3. Common seals are brown, tan, or grey, with distinctive V-shaped nostrils.

    0.31 miles away
  1. At Beinn a'Chlaidh - Hill of the Graveyard - there is a standing stone.

    0.37 miles away
  2. Coralbox is a small independent gift shop

    0.71 miles away
  3. Giant Mackaskill Monument is located ti the South of Berneray.

    0.94 miles away
  4. Loch Bhurigh is easily accessible from the machair to the south of the island.

    1.1 miles away
  5. Seal viewing point

    1.23 miles away
  6. A truly stunning beach and was voted in 2021 as no. 3 in Lonely Planet's Top 20 Best…

    1.4 miles away
  7. These two converted blackhouses now form the Berneray hostel site of the Gatliff Trust…

    1.5 miles away
  8. This is a large, heavy-billed diver can resemble a goose, especially in flight.

    1.53 miles away
  9. The Birlinn Yarn Company studio sells locally sourced yarn in a range of natural blends…

    1.65 miles away
  10. Download the Uist Unearthed app and discover two sites in one at Dùn an Sticir! Watch the…

    1.79 miles away
  11. Berneray and the nearby island of Pabbay lie in the Sound of Harris between North Uist…

    1.8 miles away
  12. The remains of a stronghold occupy the whole of a tiny islet in the middle of the tidal…

    1.81 miles away
  13. Ben Ghainche is a small hill situated at the north end of the beach at Bearsdaire

    2.22 miles away
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