Have you ever come across the term First Mile/Last Mile before?
Well, it’s the term used for those extra steps you take in between using public transport and your destination. Now, not all miles are created equal and we are a little biased when we say some of the journeys you take before you hit our hostels are spectacular!
Our hostels boast some fantastic bike sheds and when you combine a trip on a ScotRail train and a ride on your trusted bike, getting to the hostel can be a great part of your holiday. We also recommend that you book your bike onto a ScotRail train to avoid disappointment!
The journey from Oban Train Station to the hostel only clocks in at 0.7 miles so not exactly a mile but a quick 4-minute cycle from the train station across the esplanade is as breathtaking as it comes with its stunning seaside views. The actual train journey from Glasgow is one to remember and you can sit back and take in the views, relaxed, knowing you left the pesky car at home. Once in Oban, there are many biking routes to explore, we highly recommend a quick cycle up to McCaigs Tower, which has magnificent views of the islands of Kerrera, Lismore and Mull. You can even jump on the ferry to Mull with your bike and visit our Tobermory Youth Hostel.
Corrour Station, made famous by the 90s movie Trainspotting, is the nearest station to our great wee eco-hostel Loch Ossian and only 1.1 miles away. As you cycle away from Corrour Station and head down to Loch Ossian Youth Hostel, you enjoy the final mile of your journey in the beautiful wilderness. The hostel is adored by many for the peaceful surroundings and the amazing manager Jan. A stay at Loch Ossian usually involves a hike up one of the nearby Munros but a cycle around the loch is highly recommended.
Pitlochry train station is only 0.6 miles from the hostel and involves a lovely quick cycle through the town centre, which is brimming with quaint little Scottish shops. Pitlochry is a great connection link if you are coming up from the Borders or down from the Highlands but don’t just see Pitlochry as a connection town on your Scottish adventure, a stay over in one of Scotland’s most beautiful towns is a must!
This picturesque town is set amongst hills, lochs and woodland and is, therefore, an ideal location for any hosteller on their bike with plenty of cycle routes and walks around the area making a stop in Pitlochry one to remember.
If it’s a little bit of urban cycling you're after then a trip to Aberdeen will be right up your street. The distance from the train station to the youth hostel clocks in at a healthy 1.5 miles meaning you’ll be sitting in Aberdeen’s comfy lounge in no time at all. Whilst at the hostel, you can either leave the bike in the secure bike shed at the hostel and hit the town, visiting the many great bars and restaurants or you could tackle the fun cycling routes of Aberdeenshire.
Crianlarich Youth Hostel benefits from only being a stone's throw away from the train station so you’ll only be able to get on your bike for a quick second before you arrive at the hostel! The Crianlarich area was boosted in 2017 by a new walking and cycling route that forms part of the Cross Scotland Pilgrim’s Way. The route takes in some stunning views of Ben More and crosses the river Cononish, it’s highly recommended by the Hostelling Scotland team. Also, for the adventurous mountain bikers amongst us, The Three Glens cycle route is a great circuit to get your blood pumping and also has some stunning points of interest along the way such as Loch Earn and the Glen Ogie Viaduct.
Using the train and staying in a hostel go hand in hand and you can be assured that the journey will be memorable every time, book your next adventure with us today!