Glen Affric Youth Hostel
About About this youth hostel
A finalist in TGO Magazine’s Hostel or Bunkhouse of the Year 2018, Glen Affric Youth Hostel is unique and remote.
A former stalking bothy on the Affric Estate, this friendly eco-hostel offers a warm welcome and an unforgettable experience in one of the most beautiful glens in Scotland. A wind turbine and solar panels provide warm water and electricity, while the comfortable common room and kitchen are heated by wood and coal fires.
The hostel has two private rooms, as well as comfortable dorm accommodation. Because of its remote location, provisions are limited and we ask guests to bring their own sleeping bags, torch, food, drink and appropriate clothing for the duration of their stay. There is a small hostel shop which sells soft drinks, juices, chocolate bars, healthy snacks, crisps and pouch meals. There is no WiFi or mobile phone reception at the hostel.
The hostel is only accessible on foot or by mountain bike, so please allow at least 3-4 hours to walk there. Its unique location is the closest you’ll get to an alpine hut in Scotland and a great experience waits for anyone prepared to make the effort to visit.
- The hostel is situated on the Affric/ Kintail Way, a long distance path which has occasional signposts. However, we recommend that you bring a good map, a compass and torch, along with appropriate clothing for often very changeable weather conditions
- There is no refuse collection at the hostel, so anything you bring with you will need to leave with you!
The hostel is also available for exclusive private rental.
For information on hostel accessibility please click here
- Unique and remote mountain location with stunning views
- It's one of a kind!
- A warm welcome & fantastic hospitality
- Warm and cosy
Facilities & Services
April to September
07:00-10:30 and 17:00-22:00
07:00 - 10:00
Our porch is available for shelter outside opening hours
23/05/22An excellent spot, very well and hospitably run by the warden, Al. Great to get into the (very) warm and cosy hostel and dry off after a tough cycle in. I've scored-down some features on a relative basis, compared to what I'd expect in a "mainstream" hostel, but actually comfort/facilities/cleanliness were far better than I expected for this remote location and size of hostel - certainly wasn't expecting a hot shower.
23/05/22Fantastic hostel in a wonderful location. Worth the walk and such a wonderful experience to be with other walkers and mountain bikers who made the trip and the most of the experience
19/05/22Great hosting from hostel manager (Al) - very welcoming, friendly and happy to help out at any time of day or night. Excellent location for Munro's. Great mix of outdoor folk with lots of chat and banter. Basic but all you need - shower / warm rooms / cooking facilities etc.
03/05/22Staying here was an absolutely fantastic experience. The hostel is a beacon of rest and shelter in a sublime but remote area, and it's been fantastic to gather around the wood burner with like minded people, share hiking stories, do a jigsaw puzzle, and share an appreciation for nature. The hostel has a well equipped kitchen, cosy common room, dorms with plenty of space for your stuff, and a great warm shower. It's an awesome base for doing a few Munros. Will come back & highly recommend!
30/04/22Great little hostel in a remote area with fantastic views of the mountains. Extremely warm welcome from Alasdair.
28/04/22Wonderful stay. A welcome stopover on the Affric-Kintail Way. Alasdair is a great host.
23/09/19The warden was superb. Friendly, welcoming, knowledgeable, and providing a fresh scone and jam both evenings.
17/09/19Hannah immediately made us welcome and warm, with blankets, homemade scones and cups of tea. The atmosphere of the hostel, with its cosy kitchen and common room, both stove-warmed, was really welcoming — all the more so for the appalling weather outside!Great cooking facilities, hot shower, A++, a haven in Scotland's remotest wilds: will stay longer next time!
12/09/19A warm welcome from Hannah, the warden awaited us on arrival - as did the homemade scones! This cosy hostel has to be the jewel in the Hostelling Scotland crown.
08/09/19It was just a perfect stay, friendly and warm, we will come back....
George and Ute
07/09/19Hannah, the manager of the Hostel, is keeping the hostel so very well organised and provides such a friendly atmosphere that it is very easy for the guests to „tune in“. This makes the stay very easy going and pleasant, and everybody is just feeling fine!
05/09/19Great place, great wardens, interesting guests, go for it!
25/08/19A real mountain hut experience!
24/08/19Alttbeithe is a most comfortable and well equipped hostel set in a scenic location. After a day on the hills it's a welcome haven. Credit must be given to Hannah, the warden, for creating a warm and relaxing environment and a sense of being at home with the family. Alttbeithe is how hostelling should be. Steve Lucas
23/08/19Hannah made me very welcome, as she did with all her guests, and was friendly and helpful throughout my stay. Alltbeithe is a very special spot.
19/08/19Absolutely loved this little gem of a youth hostel. Such a special place. So much more than I was expecting out in the wilds. Hannah the warden provides a lovely warm welcome and provides such a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We were delighted to be provided with slippers when we arrived. We were in one of the very comfortable bed rooms in the main building which. Everything was very clean. We stayed the night biking through from Cannich to Morvich required quite a bit of bike pushing day 2.
16/08/19Had a fabulous two night stay at Loch Affric Youth Hostel where the manager, Hannah, could not have been more welcoming. Despite our inadvertent late arrival she made us feel right at home - loved the scones!A unique location that should be experienced by all nature lovers.
14/08/19Amazing location, simple hostel (but had everything a walker could need) fabulous staff (Hannah was an absolute star and made excellent scones!), very welcoming, great atmosphere. Takes longer to get to than you think!
13/08/19Fabulous location for munro bagging or Glen Affric Way trekking. Excellent warden (Hannah) made everybody feel very welcome and was exceptionally helpful. Its a small hostel with limited facilities but makes up for it with lots of character and an outstanding location in one of the most remote areas in Scotland. Very peaceful and relaxing even after a 12 hour walk in the wet - I will be back again.
12/08/19We thoroughly enjoyed walking out to the hostel. It is in a stunning location. Hannah's welcome , friendliness and her scones were exceptional. We would definitely have no hesitation in recommending this hostel.
11/08/19We stayed in this hostel with 8 of our friends when we walked the Affric Kintail Way. Hanna was friendly and helpful and even baked us scones! It's a comfortable and well thought out hostel. I would like to stay again some day. Thanks
08/08/19What an amazing place to stay and drink in the beauty of Glen Affric and its surrounding peaks. Graham was the perfect host - thank you!
02/08/19A fantastic hostel with all the facilities you could want. Great welcome and well looked after by Graham the warden. Perfect place to stay if doing the Affric Kintail Way.
30/07/19Breathtaking setting well worth the hike ! Hostel was spotless, warm and comfortable. Greeted with a delicious scone and coffee. Lovely manager who clearly enjoys what she does. Would highly recommend staying here
29/07/19A fantastic hostel in an amazing location. Hannah made us feel welcome the moment we arrived. Can't wait to return.
29/07/19We had a two night stay in a private room at this hostel, it's in the main hostel building so no battling with the midges at night! The hostel is basic but so well organised. The welcome we received from Hannah the warden was fantastic. She made us a cup of tea and treated us to her wonderful scones when we came back from walking. The shop is stocked with drinks, pouch meals and snacks. Lots of books and games. The hostel has one star because of the facilities but the experience is 5 star.
28/07/19The popular hostel is set in some absolutely beautiful countryside. I shall be back; I got such a warm welcome and the area is stunning.
27/07/19Great stay. Friendly welcome and useful advice.....and great scones :) Comfort was mostly spoiled by the excess heat caused by the weather.
24/07/19A fantastic stay in an amazing hostel, with a really fantastic host in Hannah who welcomed us with tea and freshly made scones! Such an unexpected treat and Hannah was fantastic.
Reasons to visit
Nestled amongst 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, is well worth a visit.