Crianlarich Youth Hostel
About About this youth hostel
We welcome the recent announcement by the Scottish Government on the responsible lifting of restrictions and are delighted to be able to plan for the re-opening of our self-catering kitchens from 1st November. Drying room facilities are now available at many of our hostels but we would ask you to please contact the hostel team directly to allow them to manage your access. The health, safety and wellbeing of our guests, employees and the communities in which we operate remains our main priority at this time. For more information on what to expect when staying with us please visit the FAQ's section of this website.
As you’ll appreciate, advice on Covid-19 is constantly changing and we would ask all our guests to continue to refer to Scottish Government guidelines and Transport Scotland advice on travel and social distancing when making their booking. Please remember, this guidance may be different in England and Wales.
Set amidst stunning mountains, at the halfway point on the West Highland Way, Crianlarich Youth Hostel is the perfect base for anyone looking to explore the northern area of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and surrounding mountains.
Great for groups, families and individual travellers, this warm and welcoming hostel offers guests a wide range of room types from comfortable private rooms, some en-suite, to spacious shared accommodation. The hostel has ample showers and washrooms and ramped access at the rear of the building for two accessible rooms with wet room facilities.
Guests can opt for a continental breakfast served in the dining room between 7.30-10am (please remember to pre-book), or take advantage of the well-equipped self-catering kitchen. WiFi is free for all guests and other facilities include a comfortable lounge with TV, a laundry, drying room and secure bike store. Basic provisions, confectionery and soft drinks are available to purchase at reception. The hostel is licensed and guests can relax with a Scottish craft beer or glass of wine after a long day exploring.
There are good bus and rail links as well as free onsite parking.
Crainlarich 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) 1838 300 260 to check availability. There is a small charge of £5 per night for your dog when staying in our hostels.
The hostel is also available for exclusive private rental.
For information on hostel accessibility please click here
- Friendly, welcoming staff
- Luggage store
- Private and ensuite rooms available
- Fantastic location for hillwalking
- Excellent public transport links
Facilities & Services
April to October (November-March: Thursday to Saturday only, RentaHostel available all year)
07:30-10:00 and 16:30-22:00
16:30 - 21:30
07.30 - 10:00
Late arrival and access outside opening hours by prior arrangement only
Pet Dogs Welcome
En Suite Rooms
Suitable for Groups
Catering Available (Breakfast Only)
Group catering packages available on request and by prior arrangement
Packed Lunches Available
Free Tea and Coffee in Guest Kitchen
Access with limited mobility
Suitable for wheelchair users with assistance
Free Parking (nearby or onsite)
19/09/21A great experience, the staff were very welcoming and even phoned to make sure we were ok (we were running late).
19/09/21Friendly welcome. Great room fairly large. Nice comfy beds. Takes dogs and provides dog bowl and dog biscuits which is a nice touch. Extremely clean room and all other areas spotless too. Showers very good. Free tea and coffee. I highly rate this hostel and would recommend it.
18/09/21Good up to date facilities.
13/09/21A wonderful warm welcome on arrival. Spacious accomodation, everything spotlessly clean and very comfortable beds. Can recommend the pizzas for supper.
09/09/21Couldnt have asked for better more friendlier staff especially the manager, food was great value for money and the rooms where clean tidy and very comfortable i would definitely stay there again
04/09/21Lovely Youth Hostel in a great location, very helpful manager.
03/09/21First-class cleanliness and organisation, even with Covid-19 measures. Staff very welcoming and gave great tips for local paths. Thanks for everything!
03/09/21Good facilities, very friendly and helpful service from Martin.
31/08/21Fantastic stay. Clean, comfortable and amazingly friendly staff!
31/08/21I love this hostel. It's such a friendly place.Staff are amazing so so helpful. Very clean and comfy beds. Such a great base for hillwalking…back next week. ??
30/08/21Really impressed with everything and especially Blair Johnston, his friendly attitude and finest skills of hospitality made our stay memorable. We were 14 people staying in the hostel and our overall analysis 5/5 stars.
Naeem Ur Rahman
28/08/21Very friendly welcome and the staff make a big effort to assist. Really nice lounge area and a great breakfast.
27/08/21Stayed for 2 nights and had a very pleasant stay. Good location for exploring southern Highlands. Hostel modern, clean and comfortable. Room more like a budget hotel, but at less than half the price. COVID restrictions meant no kitchen facilities, but dining room (with free tea and coffee) and lounge available. Staff very pleasant and helpful. WiFi. Parking on-site.
25/08/21We stayed 2 nights in August. The whole experience was excellent. Helpful, friendly and informative staff. A very pleasant stay
24/08/21Extremely helpful and friendly staff who went out of their way to make our visit smooth. Everything was very clean with loads of space. Hostel felt calm and relaxed.
23/08/21I would like to commend and thank Sean from the team for his kindness and help, especially with the storage of my kayak!
MW North Yorkshire
21/08/21What a lovely place! Nestled in the heart of gorgeousness. We had a really warm and friendly welcome. Instantly creating a beautiful atmosphere. The pizzas were delicious, thanks to super star Sean. Brilliant nights sleep too. I can't remember the name of the guy I spoke to in the morning, but we had such an amazing chat. Thank you all!
12/08/21Your colleague Sean was extremely helpful, and has excellent customer services skills. He was very helpful and efficient. I couldn't have asked for a better experience than I got at this hostel.
09/08/21The staff at the hostel were super helpful as we arrived exhausted from day 3 of the West Highland Way. The person on duty was extremely patient and had to repeat themselves several times as I was so tired I could not retain the information. The pizza was we ordered was the best ever.I managed to leave a top in the drying room and they were kind enough to check and arrange for it to be sent to me.
07/08/21Fantastic little hostel. The staff were so friendly and helpful. We had a failed attempt at wild camping and had nowhere to stay. The hostel manager went out of his way to accommodate us and give us a room for the night. We will be back
06/08/21Blair is the kindest and most welcoming and helpful receptionist we've met on the entire hike. He helped us with the laundry machines and baked our pizzas to ultimate perfection! The door card system was safe and worked really well, and the rooms were tidy, comfy and clean and tea and coffee station made my morning. Thank you Blair! We'll remember this fun experience for a long time :)
05/08/21Excellent location with great staff. Clean and comfy.
31/07/21Fabulous location. Hostel was very comfortable, clean and relaxing, while staff were very helpful and courteous. Stayed 3 nights and overall a very good experience, as standards were high.
30/07/21Very friendly and welcoming staff (Blair), amazing atmosphere, we felt at home, all facilities we needed on site, small playground and a woodland walk outside the property a bonus, as we travelled with children
28/07/21Lovely hostel. Very friendly and helpful staff
27/07/21Amazing experience! Very friendly and helpful staff. Lovely region.
06/07/21Great welcome, really helpful and friendly service. Excellent facilities.
04/07/21An excellent stay. Staff were exceptionally helpful and a very relaxing time.
02/07/21Sean was our superhero after 21 miles of the whw. We were dead on our feet and he revived us with kindness, a good sense of humour and pizza. He attended to our every need with joy and enthusiasm. Definitely recommending a stay to our friends!
Rachel and Susan
26/06/21Very helpful staff! Superstar Sean was very welcoming, Martin was very friendly and Blair was superbly helpful!
Ellie & Fred
Reasons to visit
Just over an hour's drive from Stirling and set amidst stunning mountain scenery, the village of Crianlarich is an important staging post on various transport routes linking central and northwestern Scotland.
Located in Glen Strathfillan to the north of the Trossachs it's eight miles north of the head of Loch Lomond and a popular destination for walkers and cyclists looking to explore and discover the natural beauty of the northern area of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
Popular attractions in the local area include:
- Ben Lui Nature Reserve
- Falls of Falloch
- An Caisteal and Beinn a'Chroin, two Munros with rewarding ridge walking and stunning views across a wide expanse, from Loch Lomond to Ben Nevis
- For a more gentle alternative the Crianlarich Community Wood circuit is a short walk with fine views over the surrounding countryside
- The bustling and picturesque town of Callander on the River Teith