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Skyewalker Independent Hostel
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Los Angeles, California
Level 6 Contributor
151 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Amazing for a hostel, but...”
Reviewed 9 April 2012

The Skywalker Hostel is run by the nicest couple you'll ever meet! So friendly and helpful, especially when you want to see the island. They'll make sure you have maps, tips, everything you need to navigate Skye. My friends and I drove up, first timers to Skye. Portnalong is a ways out in the middle of nowhere, however the area is breathtakingly beautiful! The hostel itself is great... for a hostel. It was very clean, the fellow lodgers were nice, but the biggest problem: MOLD. Every room we went in, it REEKED of mold. There's really not much to do about that. I would absolutely recommend this place, but just beware if you have mold allergies to come prepared with medications!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

Brian and Lisa are marvels, welcoming friendly and full of hilarious and wonderful anecdotes about their times building the hostel and the people they've met over the years. We were SO pleased when they took a little time out to come and jam with us and our combined violin, guitars, harmonicas and voices were warmed by the wee drams Brian brought out to share with us and the other guests which was hugely generous. Just a brilliant place, a little ut of the way, but if you have never brought your instrument on holiday (like me) and fancy trying it out, here's the place to do it- it's so friendly an atmosphere it doesn't feel scary at all and very soon everyone joins in. We also loved the glass dome in the garden- a really nice place to practice playing during the afternoon if it's miserable out!

Be mindful the place is closed to everyone from 11am to 3pm in order for B&L to keep it as immaculately clean as it is. Don't arrive too early!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
2 reviews
Reviewed 26 January 2012

Love the place, love the environment and the people living there

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled solo
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Fort Collins, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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Reviewed 8 December 2011

Such a warm, welcoming place. Staff was wonderful. Since we came at a time when they were not too busy, they upgraded our room for free! Very clean, although the fact that you cannot have access to the hostel for a certain amount of time each day is a little weird. I know they need to clean, but why can't people stay in the lounge? Bathrooms were great with nice hot water! The kitchen was huge: big enough for several people to be cooking at the same time. Remember to get all your food before you get there. There are no stores in a close walking distance. Kind of hard to get to by bus. It's in a very picturesque area and the drive to the hostel across the Isle is beautiful. The lounge was very comfortable, and I spent a lovely evening reading a book cuddled up in the warm couch watching it rain heavily outside. Would definitely go back.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Wexford, Ireland
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

Very clean, excellent facilities and friendly hosts. Couldn't have asked for anything more. We spent a year backpacking and have stayed in hostels all over the world and can honestly say that Skyewalker is the best equipped for travellers and is maintained beautifully (check out the space in the kitchen!). Thanks for a great stay Brian and Lisa.

Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2011

This is a great little hostel. The owners were very friendly and had great local knowledge. The 2 bed bunk room we had was nice and the shower and bathroom facilities were the best I've seen in a hostel. Highly recommended

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 7 September 2011

What a fabulous find! Its the first hostel I have stayed in but would definitely recommend it. We paid a little extra for the luxury of a private room en suite. The rooms and communal areas were spotlessly clean with great facilities in the kitchen and lovely gardens.
The location is great for local walks and everywhere on the island is accessible within an hours drive.
The owners Brian and Lisa, and Jonah are all such lovely friendly people, with a wealth of local knowledge amd information that you wouldn’t get from a guide book. Their love of music made the Friday night a great experience.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Skyewalker Independent Hostel
Address: Old School, Portnalong IV47 8SL, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Isle of Skye > Portnalong
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Portnalong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
TOP RATED HOSTEL - 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011. VISIT SCOTLAND 4 STAR HOSTELA warm welcome and traditional Scottish hospitality awaits you all at the award winning, family run, Skyewalker Hostel.Skyewalker Hostel is situated on the stunning Minginish peninsula giving easy access to the Cuillin mountain range. It's location on the west coast makes for spectacular sunsets and gives you an ideal base for exploring the beautiful Isle of Skye.The rural location means you are surrounded by unspoiled natural beauty. There is a great beach within walking distance with regular sightings of whales, dolphins and basking sharks as well as Skye's famous eagles! ... more   less 
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Skyewalker Independent Hostel Portnalong, Isle Of Skye

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