Glen Affric Youth Hostel
About About this youth hostel
Glen Affric Youth Hostel is a unique and remote youth hostel which sits in a wide river valley surrounded by high mountains. Situated eight miles from the nearest road, our remote eco-hostel offers a truly unforgettable experience.
The youth hostel is only accessible on foot or by mountain bike, so please allow three or four hours for the walk in (download the fact sheet from Facilities & Services below for more information). The location is very special and it's the closest you will get to an alpine hut in Scotland. A great experience waits for those who are prepared to make the effort to visit.
There are no signs to the youth hostel so a good map, compass, torch and appropriate clothing are essential. The weather can change in an instant and streams can become difficult to cross after heavy rain.
The hostel offers shared accommodation as well as two private rooms. Guests must bring their own sleeping bags. There's a small shop selling soft drinks, juices, chocolate, crisps, healthy snacks and a selection of pouch meals, but you should bring at least basic supplies with you.
Facilities & Services
April - September
07:00 - 10:30 and 17.00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 10:00
Our porch is available for shelter outside opening hours
Private Rooms Available
This remote hostel is most unusual for the UK, more like an alpine hut than a typical hostel. The 8 miles plus walk to it is more than worth it. The wardens could not do more to help you and being a small hostel they have more time for each individual. The small kitchen and dining room is ideal to socialise with other visitors. Passers by are welcome to drop in for tea or coffee. The facilities are fantastic, given that its location is so remote. A super place to stay a couple of days.
Hannah was an extremely friendly, caring and thoughtful host.
An oasis of welcoming comfort in the heart of a remote but very beautiful glen. A great stop off point on the Affric Kintail way and base for climbing a few remote Munros. No Fridges there so freeze your tinnies the night before you go so they will still be cold when you arrive.
Hanne keeps a very clean and well organised hostel. The welcome cuppa after the cycle in was much appreciated, she really goes the extra mile to make everyone comfortable. Ensuring plenty hot water for showers and source to dry clothes. Comfy beds and pillows, which we needed after or Munro bagging days. Thoroughly recommend a visit here.
An excellent hostel in a perfect location looking after by a great hospitable warden. I wish more SHYA hostels were in remote sites away from roads like this one.
A beautiful basic hostel in a stunning location. Hanne, the warden, was so attentive and friendly; she really made the stay special. Scones and tea on arrival was also much appreciated. A circular trip from Morvich is recommended - beautiful scenery and more varied than the route from Cannich.
The warden Hanne was superb, so welcoming and friendly, helpful and knowledable. The homemade scones with jam were such a treat. The hostel was spotlessly clean and tidy and the fire was lovely. Great hostel in a great location. Thank you Hanne.
Fantastic hostel. Hannah was a great hostel manager! My friend cut his leg and she was great with the first aid.
Please pass on a very big thanks to Hannah for staying up and looking after 2 weary, creaking, hill walkers and the end of a long and painful day - in particular for making tea and giving us scones on our arrival, for having the wit and imagination to let us stay in one of the 2 rooms in the main building and generally for striking the right balance between helping us settle in / prepare a meal and letting us get on with things ourselves. She genuinely lifted spirits that had been at a low ebb.
Great place - lovely, helpful manager
Fantastic location and superb hostel. Welcomed on arrival by friendly manager who offered us coffee and a time saving route tip before our hillwalk. Warm environs (great fire), all necessary cooking stuff- even small shop. Ignore marks off for privacy/comfort- this is the wilderness- we weren't looking for any of that!
Great place - it's difficulty of access making it all the more rewarding. The Manager Hanne is a superb contributor to the atmosphere and ambience and overall pleasure of the stay. I made use of the several reference books in the lounge - well done to whoever donated the money for these. Charter a helicopter - saves a lot of bog-trotting or very rough approach from the East.
Fabulous place & Hanne is so friendly & helpful. Everyone should go there at least once before they get as old and feeble as me.!!!
Super hostel in a fantastic setting
Fantastic location, but the manager made the weekend, she was really helpful and welcoming and kept the hostel spotless. After a long day travelling, finishing with a hard 8 mile cycle to the hostel, the jam scones were very welcoming!
Fresh scones and tea on arrival was great! Hanne is an excellent host.
Hanne the warden was fantastic. She gave everyone such a warm welcome. She helped with walking routes, made everyone scones and even helped us with bus times. The place was absolutely spotless and very comfortable.
Fantastic location and Graham was so welcoming and friendly will be booking again to finish off the last few munros!
Andy (Chigwell School)
Fantastic, Graham was great so helpful and kept us all well entertained
Andy Bewick (Chigwell School)
Very Eco friendly. Lovely experience. Perfect for the hills. Good games.
The three lads
A warm welcome was received from locum warden Graeme. Apart from the necessary remoteness, the location is wonderful and the Munro bagger could easily spend a week here!
You have not experienced hosteling in the true sense until you have visited this delightful hostel in an amazing location. The atmosphere generated by the approach to the building and then discovering the wood panelling and welcoming wood burner make this a real heritage hostel, that comes with the advantage of a hot shower. The position is perfect for walking up Sgurr nan Ceatreamhnan and other mountains. We will return.
Brilliant place in such an incredible setting. Well worth the effort to go and great base for hill walking.
Fantastic host, great atmosphere. Very comfortable taking into consideration that this is a very remote location. We had a lovely stay in this warm and friendly hostel.
Ade and Dean
Very nice welcome from Graham What a stunning location!! Worth the walk!
Very enjoyable stay
Graham the relief warden walked out to meet one of our party who had fallen of his bike and carried his pack back the last couple of miles. This was above and beyond the call off duty and shows just how fantastic your staff are. Hannah arrived the next day and made us feel at home and kept the place immaculate - again she is a credit to your organisation.
Reasons to visit
Nestling amongst some beautiful scenery, this former stalking bothy on the Glen Affric Estate is a haven for walkers and mountain bikers, nature lovers and those seeking solitude.
One for real outdoor enthusiasts, the hostel has 15 Munros on its doorstep and good tracks wind through the valleys for both walking and mountain biking.
The Falls of Glomach, a seven mile walk from the hostel, are well worth a visit.