Glen Affric 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.  

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 shared 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

Why stay?

  • Unique and remote mountain location with stunning views
  • It's one of a kind!
  • A warm welcome & fantastic hospitality
  • Warm and cosy

Glen Affric Youth Hostel

Based on guest review ratings
Allt Beithe, Glen Affric, Cannich, Beauly IV4 7ND Get Directions

Facilities & Services


April to September

Reception Hours

07:00-10:30 and 17:00-22:00

Check in

16:00 -21:00

Check out

07:00 - 10:00

Access Hours

Our porch is available for shelter outside opening hours


Private Rooms

Drying Room

Guest Reviews

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.