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Eco Hostels

Supporting the natural environment

Hostelling Scotland is committed to ensuring that our activities complement and support the natural environment. We are proud that 91% of our youth hostels are now rated Silver or above in the Green Tourism Business Scheme. We care about the environment and continue to work to reduce our ecological footprint. 

We are delighted to offer accommodation at two eco youth hostels in the Highlands - Glen Affric and Loch Ossian. At Glen Affric, near Loch Ness, electricity is generated by solar panels and a wind turbine. Loch Ossian has locally-sourced hydro power complementing the hostel's existing micro-generated solar power supply, along with other green initiatives. If you're into 'sleeping green' then make sure you give these hostels a try!

Find out more about how you can experience a completely unique and eco-friendly stay below...

Glen Affric Youth Hostel

Glen Affric Youth Hostel is a unique and remote youth hostel which sits in a wide river valley surrounded by high mountains. Situated 8 miles from the nearest road, our remote eco-hostel offers a truly unforgettable experience.

All electricity is supplied by solar panels and a wind turbine feeding into battery storage. We invite all guests to arrive by foot or on their bikes, as there is no vehicle access to Glen Affric. Hostelling Scotland minimize vehicular access for servicing the building and taking in goods and provisions for staff. 

Eco-friendly drinking water is created on site, with water being collected from an adjacent burn, filtered and then treated with UV lamps before consumption. Additionally, all suitable food waste is composted on site.

This hostel is one for real outdoor enthusiasts, with 15 Munros on its doorstep and good tracks through the valleys for both walking and mountain biking. This site is a haven for walkers, nature lovers and those seeking solitude.

A great experience awaits those who are prepared to make the effort to visit. The hostel offers shared accommodation as well as two private rooms. Guests must bring their own sleeping bag.

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Loch Ossian Youth Hostel

If there is one thing you need to do in your lifetime, it is to stay at Loch Ossian Youth Hostel - says The Great Outdoors magazine.

Surrounded by munros and only accessible by rail, bike or foot, this small, homely eco-hostel is an excellent base for hillwalkers, sitting on the banks of Loch Ossian, with truly exceptional views. If you’re lucky you might meet a local stag that has become a regular visitor to the hostel.

Accommodation at Loch Ossian is only available in multi-share, but groups and families have the option of booking a dorm room for exclusive use. Children and families are most welcome, and there are a range of games and activities for families too. Other facilities include a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, hot showers, a fridge, overhead drying racks and boot stands by the fire. There is also a small shop selling ready meals, along with a range of snacking essentials, postcards and sundries.

The team at the hostel are very proud of the eco-hostel status, with locally sourced hydro power complimenting the hostel's existing micro generated solar power supply, along with other green initiatives such as composting toilets.

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