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Bunking on the Small Isles

Updated: Nov 14, 2022

Bunking or hostelling as it is sometimes known, is very much part of our sustainable tourism approach on the Small Isles. Each of the islands has its own bunkhouse providing affordable and flexible accommodation in incredible locations. They provide the ideal base from which to explore and all come with a range of facilities to make your time on the islands as enjoyable as possible.


Enjoying beautiful views across the main bay of Canna towards Rum and Sanday, Canna Bunkhouse has 8 bunkbeds, a fully equipped kitchen, toilet, shower and wood burning stove. A log starter pack, gas, electric and kitchen basics are all provided. Your bags can be picked up at the ferry whilst you enjoy the beautiful meandering walk to the bunkhouse. Although the bunkhouse is self catering, you can order a breakfast basket of fresh bread, local jam, home-made granola and free range eggs - the perfect way to start the day.

Take your binoculars or telescope for wildlife watching and observing the incredible night sky - all the more vivid for lack of artificial lights in the surrounding area.

Have a look at our travel guide here for ideas of what to do whilst staying on Canna.


Situated in a charmingly converted 19th century building, the Glebe Barn offers homely hostel accommodation within a mile of the well stocked island shop and cafe/restaurant.

Enjoy use of the large open plan living room and dining room with cozy log fire, and panoramic views across Eigg harbour towards the Scottish Coastline from the peace and quiet of the east facing sun-room.

Sleeping up to 22 in a combination of twin, triple and dormitory rooms, Glebe Barn is perfect for individuals, families or large groups. An adjoining 2 person mezzanine apartment offers private accommodation on the side of the hostel.

The Glebe Barn offers a spectacular base to explore the islands stunning beaches and coastal landscapes and enjoy its unique wildlife, geology, history and culture.

Have a look at our travel guide here for things to do whilst staying on Eigg.

“Excellent bunkhouse in a unique island location. The public rooms and kitchen are spacious, well equipped and welcoming and the bedrooms are clean, fresh and comfortable. Our host, Tamsin was so welcoming. Great for a group like us or for individuals. Will definitely be back”.

Ruth S May 2022


The Isle of Muck Bunkhouse is a self-catering hostel, which can also be rented as a holiday cottage. It is situated in the bay of Port Mor, with views of the bay and Ardnamurchan on the mainland. There is a double room and three bedrooms with a set of comfortable bunks in each and fast WiFi throughout the property as well as a selection of cards, games and books.

It’s in an ideal location situated close to the piers, the Tearoom and the island's Community Hall.

Have a look at our travel guide here for things to do whilst staying on Muck.

My husband and I have just had two and a half weeks on the Small Isles, ending with a 3 night stay in the Bunkhouse on Muck. What a treat. The facilities are great, there is everything you could need and Georgia, who looks after the Bunkhouse is wonderful. The island is small and friendly and everyone will be nice to you when you see them. We had a lovely stay. Thank you.

Emma Byrne Aug 2019


Situated in the village of Kinloch with stunning views out of the bay to the Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye, the Bunkhouse is the perfect retreat for those seeking peace, relaxation and nature. The bunkhouse has one twin room / three rooms that can sleep up to four people and one large room which can accommodate up to 6 people. Each bed has a reading light and a USB charging port. There is a large spacious and comfortable living & dining area with a log burner, with stunning views across the loch. From here you are set up to explore the local village, the many trails and the wide variety of wildlife.

The Bunkhouse hosts regular events including yoga, kayaking, stargazing and art weekend. Find out more here. The Bunkhouse also run a yearly volunteer program to help with upgrades and village maintenance. More details can be found by contacting

Have a look at our travel guide here for things to do whilst staying on Rum.

I spent a week in the isle of Rum and took accommodation in the bunkhouse. What a treat that was! The bunkhouse is a wonderful place to stay; it surpassed all my expectations and I felt like at home in there (well, in truth my home is not that nice and comfortable!). I cannot recall the last time I slept and rested that well.

Mikel B Jan 2022


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