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
A wonderful remote location amongst magnificent glens and mountains. The hostel ticks the boxes in providing comfort, facilities for the adventurer and a warm welcome. If cycling hybrid then please note that tyres struggle on the track rocks and pebbles - would recommend mountain treads.
Any negative points I have about this hostel are cancelled out by Hanna's great hospitality - she did her best to accommodate where she could and always had a roaring fire, which was very welcome given there was no heating in the dorms.
Take plenty of food, a midge net etc.
Bob - Scotland
This hostel is ideally situated and provides excellent facilities. The warden that night, Steve, worked hard to ensure everyone knew how things worked and he contributed greatly to the lively, friendly atmosphere. My one very minor comment is that the range of soft drinks and chocolates could be more suitable for carrying next day. Bottled high energy drinks rather than cans of coke.
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.