Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel

About About this youth hostel

Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel is a former shooting lodge in the heart of Cairngorms National Park, seven miles from Aviemore with stunning views towards the Northern Corries.

Recently refurbished, this four star VisitScotland accredited youth hostel offers a range of comfortable private rooms and spacious shared dorms all with separate washrooms. Guests can opt for a continental breakfast, lunch or evening meal served in the dining room (please remember to pre-book), or take advantage of the large, well-equipped self-catering kitchen.

The hostel is licensed so why not relax and enjoy a locally brewed beer or a glass of wine in the cosy lounge while taking in the view across the Cairngorms. Other facilities include a pool table, laundry, drying room and 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 but access is limited.

Local activities include hillwalking, climbing, snowsports, mountain biking, pony trekking, watersports and fishing. Most activities take place on the Rothiemurchus Estate, a fabulous area with many easy paths through the Caledonian Pine Forest. The Scottish Whisky Trail is also nearby and, for something different, visit the Reindeer Centre, where you can feed and learn about these friendly free-roaming animals.

The hostel sits across the road from the banks of Loch Morlich, which boasts the highest sandy beach
in the UK.

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.

Please note: Dogs are allowed in the common room/lounge

The hostel is also available for exclusive private rental.

For information on hostel accessibility please click here

We’re committed to delivering the highest levels of cleanliness. To find out more about our Cleanliness Commitment please click here.

Book with Confidence. To find out more about our Covid-19 Flexibility Guarantee, please click here.


Why stay?

  • Fantastic location in the Cairngorm National Park
  • Friendly, welcoming staff
  • Great food
  • Secure lockers and Luggage Store
  • Private rooms available

Enjoy a bird's eye trip!

For information on our COVID-19 practices and what to expect when staying with us please visit the FAQ’s section. Please also be aware of Scottish Government guidance when making your booking.

Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel

Based on guest review ratings
Glenmore, Aviemore PH22 1QY Get Directions

Facilities & Services


January to October (RentaHostel available all year)

Reception Hours

07:00-10:00 and 17:00-22:30 (23:00 at weekends)

Check in

17:00 - 22.30

Check out

07.00 - 10:00

Access Hours

Late arrival is by pre-arrangement only


Pet Dogs Welcome

Free Wifi

Private Rooms

Family Rooms

Suitable for Groups

Lounge Area


Alcohol Licence

Laundry Room

Drying Room

Shopping Nearby

Pool Table

Secure Lockers

Luggage Store

Bike Store

Access with limited mobility

Suitable for wheelchair users with assistance

Free Parking (nearby or onsite)

Catering Available (Full Meal Service)

Free Tea and Coffee in Guest Kitchen

Guest Reviews

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.


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