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Gardiesfauld Hostel And Campsite
Shetlands   (Browse area)
ZE2 9DW   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01957755279

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Open: March To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 5 Reviews
              9/10 from 5 Reviews

Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes 


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Date of Visit: September 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Jayenn 4 reviews from this member

Gorgeous site, caravan pitches right next to the sea, overlooking Uyea Sound - just totally wonderful! 5 minutes from ferry. EHU and water right next to pitches, as well as picnic benches and tables. Facilities in hostel are good, lovely big showers and clean loos. Wifi is good at hostel but doesn't reach caravan pitches. Didn't see any warden, they only visit at certain times, but you leave payment in honesty box in kitchen. Conservatory in hostel overlooks pitches so I did sometimes feel I was a little watched but didn't give them anything exciting to look at sadly. Far more to see and do on Unst than you would imagine - Hermaness, views of Muckle Flugga, choc factory, RAF museum (and curious holiday village, previously RAF camp, ) most northerly home in Britain, most northerly post office in Britain, most northerly woman in Britain (well that was me at one point)- lots and lots more - and of course the views are breathtaking. 15 a night, the same as a room in the hostel strangely.

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Cc43 14 reviews from this member

It is well worth making the trip to Unst although it entails a 20-minute ferry to Yell, and then another 10-minute ferry to Unst. The hostel is in the south-west of the island, 5 minutes drive from the ferry, but the island is quite small (12 miles from top to bottom) and so it doesn't take long to drive around.

The caravan pitches are right by the water and we enjoyed watching the sea birds. Don't go into the hostel car park but keep driving down to the sea and then turn right. We didn't see any wardens, but the board in the hostel shows which spaces are free, and you leave payment in the honesty box. There is WiFi but the reception was very poor. The hostel is used for groups and is busy; campers can use the kitchen, toilets and showers. The public toilets beside the caravan pitches are clean, but not lit after dark.

Unst is sparsely populated. There are 3 general stores in Baltasound, and we had an excellent evening meal at the Baltasound Hotel (you need to book). The cliff-top walk at Hermaness is beautiful; we saw puffins and gannets. Haroldswick boasts a pleasant tea room by the sea, as well as the Heritage Centre with displays about local geology and history, and Shetland lace knitting.

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Pads 13 reviews from this member

The site is well located right on the edge of the sea and level pitches with ehu. Easy to find and the owners helpful etc. When we were there the hostel was very busy so did not try the facilities but all looked fine. A very clean public loo was just next door to the 5 pitches. All in all fine but probably marked it down a bit because the hostel was so busy whilst we were there. Should not stop you going there though!

Date of Visit: May 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: PilgrimPhil 50 reviews from this member

We stayed one night [in May 2013] at this super new caravan/motorhome facility that is part of the hostel. The 5 hardstanding pitches are all block paved with gravel between them and are no more than 3 metres away from the shoreline. Great views over Uyea Sound. Electric hook up and water is available at the back of each pitch. The shower & toilet facilities are what you would expect from a hostel. The main social meeting place appeared to be the kitchen where we met some women cycling to the most northern part of UK.

We stopped over night here prior to heading up to Hermaness for a foggy clifftop walk and then onto Foords Chocolate factory at Saxavord for afternoon tea and for the dogs to have their photos taken for their Canine Visitors gallery! The Valhalla Brewery is also close by.

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Twinoaster 2 reviews from this member

A nice youth hostel which has camping in its grounds. The facilities are in the hostel which is very clean and very weathertight.

Hard standing and electric hook ups for motor homes are at the lower edge of the site, easily accessible from the road and facing the waters edge.

Tents are on the open grass area and exposed to the wind except for an area to the east of the main building which is totally surrounded by hedges.

The area has little in the way of shops so take a few supplies.

No facilities for children, but every opportunity for them to have fun if they enjoy fields, streams, beaches and wildlife. For those that require constant electronic stimulation may I suggest that Shetland is not the best choice.

Very enjoyable stay, will go back one day.

Thoroughly recommended!

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