Welcome to the Flora Macdonald hostel!

Named after the heroine of the 1745 rebellion, Flora Macdonald, the hostel has welcomed visitor to the Sleat peninsula and Skye for more than 20 years. We are small independent traditional hostel in the lovely village of Kilmore close to the Armadale ferry. We might be one hour drive from the main village of Portree, but our stunning views to the mountains of Knoydart across on the mainland are just breath taking. And even though you will not find pubs and shops in our village, the calls of the birds, the views and the tranquillity of our location will make your stay at Skye unforgettable. 

What you can look forward to

We offer private budget rooms for two, three, four and six people and we also take group bookings (up to 20 people). Our small rooms for two, three and four, which are located in our wooden chalet, share bathroom and kitchen. And our bigger rooms, which ca be found in the main building, are en-suite. Both of our kitchens are fully equipped and provide basics like sugar, tea, coffee and oil and salt and pepper, so that you don't have to carry them! Our hostel also features cosy common area where you can enjoy the fire while watching the sunset over the mountains. Or while reading one of our "book by book swap" books. Or you can challenge your group and play a round of Scrabble and other games we have. See who wins! you will also fall under the spell of our sweet Eriskay ponies, which love nothing more than our guests' attention and some carrot or apple. And maybe you will see even some deer!

Eriskay Ponies and the view from The Skye Hostel - Flora Macdonald
The view from our hostel on the Isle of Skye

Just stone's throwaway from Gaelic culture and natural beauty spots

We are half a mile away from the Sabhal Mor Ostaig Gaelic College (10 mins walk), so you can easily enjoy the frequent gigs and performances the college offers during the summer. Or you can even take part in one of the Gaelic language and arts courses. The local area is popular with lovers of outdoor activities. You can visit the lighthouse at Point of Sleat, Camas Daraich sandy beach, walk in of the Sleat's forests, delve into Skye' s interesting geology at Ord or visit the recently opened Torabhaig distillery. 

View our Gallery which shows pictures of the hostel and of The Isle of Skye.

Eriskay Ponies and the view from The Skye Hostel - Flora Macdonald
The Eriskay Ponies and another view from our hostel on the Isle of Skye

Run by locals with love for Skye

The Hostel is owned and operated by Peter Macdonald and his family. Sadly Peter and his wife Julie passed away at the end of 2022. The hostel is now being run by their 3 children; Fiona, Andrew and Alisdair. The family has lived in Kilmore for generations and we are always happy to share stories and knowledge about Skye, Scottish history as well as Flora Macdonald herself! 

Clan Donald Centre - Ardvasar, Isle of Skye
The Clan Donald Centre near the Hostel

What to know before arrival

The Hostel is situated just north of Armadale pier, on the main bus route to Broadford and Portree. To get here take the road over the now free Skye Bridge and just outside Broadford turn off the main road towards Armadale. Just 2 miles before Armadale is the turning to Kilmore. Once in Kilmore just follow the signs to the hostel.
Please note that the nearest shop is 3 miles distant and closes at 5:30 pm on weekdays. Other option is the Coop in Broadford, which closes daily at 22 pm. A limited selection of frozen and dried food is available to purchase on site, however we recommend to stock up on your way here.

The Skye Ferry sailing between Armadale and Mallaig
The Skye Ferry crossing between Mallaig on the Mainland and Armadale on Skye

Currently we accept payment IN CASH ONLY and the check in is possible between 5pm and 9pm.

For enquiries and bookings please contact Fiona on 07503196227 or .

We are open 20th March to October 2024. We welcome groups who can have sole use of the buildings. In the off season 2024/2025 we can open for groups. Minimum 3 nights. Please contact Fiona for off season rates and group bookings. 07503196227

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Flora Macdonald Hostel,
3 Kilmore,
Isle of Skye
IV44 8RG

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"10/10 Superb in short , I'd say value for money OCT 2023"

"10/10 Superb Great hostel. Beautiful location and friendly staff. OCT 2023"

"9.1/10 Superb Beautiful location with horses, the sea and lush surroundings. It was great but I didn't have a car and the local bus stopped at Kilmore Church 200m away. Max was super helpful and kind. There wasn't much going when I was there (somewhat off season) but there are plenty of comfy chairs around the fire for relaxing and reading. The bathroom could have been painted or spruced up a bit but it was basic and clean. The kitchen is gigantic and has everything you need, including free tea and coffee. SEP 2023.

"10/10, Superb Lovely hostel in a beautiful area. Great views and the ponies in front were so cute. Max was very nice and everything was clean. There was also a nice wood stove and a good selection of books. Would recommend staying here! SEP 2023."