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Glen Nevis Youth Hostel re-opens after major refurb

Hostelling Scotland is delighted to announce that Glen Nevis Youth Hostel, one of our most popular, has reopened in time for summer. The Highland hostel, just outside Fort William, has been closed since October 2017, allowing the team full access to completely transform the property.

Over the past seven months a total of £2.1 million has been spent to turn the hostel into a contemporary, open plan environment, with a mix of private bedrooms and shared accommodation.

The revamped hostel is located at the foot of the UK’s highest mountain Ben Nevis, and is surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery. Just across the road is a path that leads up to the mountain, so Glen Nevis is an ideal place to stay for outdoor enthusiasts, thrill seekers, and those on a mission to bag Scotland’s largest Munro.

Way Back When

Glen Nevis is the largest and longest established youth hostel in the Glen Nevis/ Fort William area. It has been providing accommodation for individuals, families and groups exploring the area since 1938. This massive redevelopment project highlights our commitment to modernising the hostels in our network, in order to improve the overall hostelling experience in Scotland.

New facilities

Guests can relax in the comfortable, modern, open-plan living space where they can enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding area. There is a brand new wood burning stove for cold evenings and winter nights, a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, drying room, laundry and secure bike storage. You've also got the option of hanging out and sipping on a hot/ cold drink, right next to the hostel’s hand-painted mural (check it out  below!), or on the decking outside.

Food & Drink

Continental breakfast, cooked breakfast and packed lunches are available for individual guests throughout the year. Evening meals are available for groups of over 20 people, as long as they’re pre-booked more than 2 weeks prior to arrival.

Groups can choose a full catering service and cooked or continental breakfast is available for all guests if they choose this option. The self-catering kitchen has 3 hobs with 4 cooking rings, 2 ovens, 2 large fridges and 2 microwaves, with space for 20 people. There is also a good selection of craft beers, wines, soft drinks and drinks to buy.


Glen Nevis hostel has a total of 72 beds, 17 rooms with en-suite bathrooms, and 7 shared rooms, which sleep 4 or more people.

There’s lots to do…

Glen Nevis is the go-to place to stay for adventurers taking on the UK’s highest mountain. There’s plenty more to explore in the Lochaber area - from cycling on world class mountain biking trails, to kayaking and canoeing. For visitors looking for a more relaxed getaway, there are waterfalls to discover, historical and heritage tours, and Ben Nevis Distillery awaits!

We’re really excited to show you around…Want to see inside?

We commissioned artist Little Book Transfers to create this mural of the local area…pretty cool isn’t it?

What do you think of Glen Nevis’ bicycle bar stools? They’re inspired by Lochaber's numerous mountain biking trails!

For when it’s time to sit back and relax.    

Most of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms. 

Check out the trendy outside decking!

Directly opposite Glen Nevis Youth Hostel is the path that leads up to Ben Nevis.

Want to stay in the new hostel? Our hostel is great value, with prices starting from £17 per night for an adult and £15.50 per night for a child.

Book online today!

Call: 01786 891400 or email: to check availability.

Watch the new promotional video now!