About About this youth hostel ....
Set in the heart of Cairngorms National Park with views over the Northern Corries, this award winning youth hostel is only seven miles from Aviemore and a short walk from the banks of Loch Morlich, with the highest sandy beach in the UK.
This four star VisitScotland accredited hostel offers a wide range of comfortable private rooms and shared dorms all with separate washrooms. Other facilities include: a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, two comfortable lounges, pool table, laundry, drying room and a secure bike store. Basic provisions, confectionery and soft drinks are available to purchase at reception.
Due to the hostel’s remote location, WiFi is free for all guests but access is limited due to the hostel location.
Cairngorm Lodge is a dog-friendly hostel. If you would like to book yourself and your dog into the hostel, please phone the hostel direct on +44 (0) 1479 861 238 to check availability. There is a small charge of £5 per night for your dog when staying in our hostels.
‘Wee’ and Full Breakfast available along with Evening Meals (please remember to pre-book your breakfast).
The hostel is also available for exclusive private rental.
- Award Winning Youth Hostel in Cairngorms National Park
- Seven miles from Aviemore with a regular bus service
- Walking distance from Loch Morlich
- Friendly team with expert local knowledge
- Dog Friendly
- Great for families and outdoor enthusiasts
- Licensed café bar, serving coffee, local beers and wine
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Facilities & Services
January to October (RentaHostel available all year)
07:00-10:00 and 17:00-22:30 (23:00 at weekends)
17:00 - 22.30
07.00 - 10:00
Late arrival is by pre-arrangement only
Pet Dogs Welcome
Suitable for Groups
13/11/2023The stay was absolutely perfect for our group getaway. Mark was extremely friendly and welcoming on arrival and gave a nice tour around the place. He was also very accommodating and available for support when needed. The location is just perfect for a lot of activities with a cute wholesome bar/cafe down the road, a beach nearby with stunning views, and a stone throw away from the Cairngorms Reindeer Herd. All just perfect for a winter getaway! Will happily be coming back.
07/11/2023I had an absolutely amazing stay at Cairngorm Lodge! The staff were super friendly, and the general atmosphere of the place was quite unique. The location was the best you can get, and I just feel really honoured to have chosen Cairngorm Lodge for my holiday. Thank you!
29/10/2023I just wish to come back to Scotland for another stay :-)
27/10/2023I am a big fan of this particular Hostel. Coming back again and again since the early nineties. And I will keep on doing so.
25/10/2023Very spacious. We loved the individual lights and sockets / charging points above beds. Fantastic communal areas, great washing facilities & amazing views.
22/10/2023Lovely hostel in a great location, comfy beds, friendly helpful staff, perfectly clean. Some excellent retro fittings dotted about the place - like the internal glass panels between the Quiet Room and the corridor.
21/10/2023Warm and welcoming atmosphere, staff really helpful about local trails, great location & lovely facilities. We will definitely be back!
20/10/2023Very nice hostel in a great location. Staff friendly and helpful. Warm, comfortable bed in a large room. Nice and warm despite the cold, howling gale outside.
11/10/2023As always an excellent stay. I wish to commend the staff - who are very hard working but always with a smile
07/10/2023Best hostel i have ever stayed at! Met amazing people and the staff was really friendly. Amazing for hiking in the cairngorms
05/10/2023I've lost count of the times I've stayed at Cairngorm Lodge, looking forward to coming again for my own pleasure when I'm not assessing a DofE expedition. Lovely to see updates with the new bedside facilities. Nice comfy bed. Also appreciated being able to get in and use the toilet outwith the opening hours!
05/10/2023Wonderful location, staff incredibly friendly and helpful, uncluttered and very clean.
20/09/2023The Cairngorm Lodge is a very good host in a good location for walking in the Cairngorms.
20/09/2023Lovely staff - we had a great stay.
19/09/2023Great stay. Second visit here. Delicious dinner (curry) and really welcoming, friendly staff. Very much appreciated being allowed to shelter a few hours after checkout as rain was heavy and I was car-less. Brilliant hostel.
19/09/2023Great location, lovely helpful staff and overall good value. Would like to return.
14/09/2023Perfectly nice and helpful staff
06/09/2023Nice place to stay with a history. Lovely employees whom are very helpfull. Very nice nature where you can walk and walk. Good food to.
05/09/2023Great location, rooms and bathrooms recently refurbished, good facilities with catering, guest kitchen, breakfasts, sitting rooms. Excellent value for money.
05/09/2023Very confortable and beautiful place. Thanks to the staff and for everything.
04/09/2023As usual, your staff were great - friendly, helpful, cheerful and flexible. This adds a lot to the experience - well done and thank you.
04/09/2023Great hostel and staff
23/08/2023We stayed at Glenmore Hostel. Location is superb, right opposite the Loch/beach. The hostel was SO clean, the staff were really hard working and the place was spotless. The staff were really friendly, very welcoming and made sure our stay was the best it could be! Have been recommending this hostel to others, would definitely stay again!
23/08/2023Wonderfully run hostel with fantastic location. The on site catering is really useful and good food cooked freshly.
19/08/2023Very good experience, friendly staff, bright and great common facilities (especially pool table is well appreciated)
18/08/2023Cairngorm Lodge is a good hostel is in a good location for hillwalking.
17/08/2023Excellent facilities, great location
16/08/2023Cairngorm Lodge is perfectly located for exploring the Cairngorms. The staff are welcoming and helpful. The communal spaces were comfortable and thoughtfully set out for relaxing after a day in the mountains!
16/08/2023It was so lovely to be back to my favourite hostel. Fabulous location and such friendly and helpful service. Food was great too! Thank you.
14/08/2023Lovely hostel recommended by a friend and did not disappoint. Staff were very friendly and efficient and any queries we had were dealt with immediately. Hostel had everything you need after a long day on the hills. Loved having the option of meals; the steak pie was lovely. Great having such good amenities in the area and so close to Loch Morlich.
Reasons to visit
Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel sits within the Cairngorms National Park, voted one of the top 20 places to visit in the world by National Geographic Traveller Magazine. The park, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, has something for everyone - from castles and distilleries to family attractions, water and snowsports, wildlife watching, and some incredible high and low level walking and cycling routes.
Visit the Cairngorm Reindeer Herd, sample a craft beer at the Cairngorm Brewery, discover Loch Morlich and the highest sandy beach in Britain and explore the Craigellachie National Nature Reserve.
Cairngorm Lodge is the perfect location for families, groups and individuals looking to take advantage of this natural playground.