Glen Nevis Youth Hostel
About About this youth hostel
We welcome the recent announcement by the Scottish Government on the gradual and responsible easing of restrictions from 19 July. Unfortunately due to continued requirement for social distancing, we are unable to open our self-catering kitchens at this time. We hope to provide a date for the opening of these facilities following the next Scottish Government update. 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.
A five star VisitScotland accredited youth hostel, Glen Nevis offers guests hotel-like accommodation with private en-suite rooms and comfortable shared accommodation.
Facilities include a contemporary open-plan living space with log-burning stove and panoramic mountain views, free WiFi, secure under-bed storage, USB power sockets and bedside lighting for every bed. There’s also a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, drying room, laundry and secure bike store. The hostel has a ramped access from the car park and two accessible rooms with wet room facilities.
Guests can opt for a cooked or continental breakfast (please remember to pre-book), and a great selection of food and drink is available to purchase throughout the day. After a long day in the hills there’s nothing better than relaxing on the large deck with a local craft beer or glass of wine, savouring the spectacular mountain views.
Near the bustling town of Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis, the hostel is close to the end of the West Highland Way and within easy reach of the start of the Great Glen Way. It’s perfect for groups, families and individual travellers looking to explore the UK’s Outdoor Capital!
The hostel is also available for exclusive private rental.
For information on hostel accessibility please click here
We’re committed to delivering the highest levels of cleanliness. To find out more about our Cleanliness Commitment please click here.
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- Very friendly, welcoming staff
- Fantastic, contemporary social space and outside deck with stunning mountain views
- Secure lockers and luggage store
- Great food and drink
- Private ensuite rooms available
- Secure bike store
Facilities & Services
Open all year
16:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 10:00
Please advise us if you are likely to arrive outside the standard check-in times.
En Suite Rooms
Catering Available (Breakfast Only)
Suitable for Groups
Group catering packages available on request and by prior arrangement
Free Tea and Coffee in Guest Kitchen
Free Parking (nearby or onsite)
25/07/21An excellent place to stay in Fort William. Cannot fault it on any level. Great situation, staff and facilities.
22/07/21We were held up for 6 hours just outside town after the road was blocked. Stephen was great, he kept us updated and made sure we could access our rooms after he'd gone off shift.
19/07/21The hotel manager was absolutely fantastic (as well as all staff). First time staying with hostelling Scotland and won't be the last.
29/06/21Great hostel in the most idyllic location.
14/06/21We had a fantastic weekend at the hostel and our only disappointment was that there was no cooked breakfast. ( covid ? ) We were climbing Ben Nevis and the location of the hostel was superb and also in a very beautiful part of the glen. The staff were relaxed and helpful and the room clean and comfy. A great first experience in a hostel.
12/06/21Brilliant place to stay before a Three Peaks Challenge attempt!
10/06/21My wife and I stayed the very first night the hostel reopened - May 30th - in a private room, which in normal times would be a four-bed dorm, so we were very comfortable. The staff were extremely welcoming and helpful in every way they could be, given the difficult circumstances. We enjoyed a well-cooked evening meal. We had booked a full breakfast, but unfortunately this couldn't be provided, so we had the excellent 'wee breakfast' and had a refund.
19/10/20Great location, great facilities & great service from Fiona. Will definitely be back again.
19/10/20Stephen at reception was helpful and friendly and made the check in experience very easy. Great location of hostel for hiking and the surroundings were very beautiful and peaceful.
18/10/20Great hostel and great host!
17/10/20Great hostel in a stunning location. Hopefully the covid restrictions will be lifted before our next visit to make it even better.
15/10/20Brand new and in a stunning location. Everything was fine despite Covid 19. The rooms were clean and the staff very friendly. We recommend a visit to Neptune's Staircase, Nevis Range Gondola and dinner at the Glen Nevis Restaurant nearby. Great fresh and healthy cooking.
Chris & Sylvio
14/10/20This hostel is directly across from a beautiful river with a bridge that leads to a nice walking trail. The hostel is clean and they had all sorts of covid-19 precautions. I felt very safe and I would highly recommend this hostel.
09/10/20My brother and I stayed at Glen Nevis youth hostel on the final night after walking the West Highland Way. We had booked our room previously . The cost was very reasonable considering we had a twin room with en-suite facilities. The staff were very helpful with advice about where we could eat, booking a taxi and filling our flasks. The hostel has been modernised in a most effective way.
04/10/20Very impressed with the Covid control conditions implemented. Staff very helpful. Cost very reasonable (No double rooms available so I stayed in a 4 bed for less than most B&Bs would cost.)
28/09/20The cleanliness and overall Covid prevention procedures at the hostel were excellent. Such a stunning location and really friendly staff.
26/09/20In my top 3 hostels of the world along with Taupo (NZ) and Tabaliero Eco Hostel (Brazil.) Shame its lost that corridor smell that signalled the beginning of a hiking week since the great re fit.
25/09/204 night stay in lovely location. Clean and bright room/building. Friendly, helpful staff. Quiet indoor surroundings. Will definitely recommend to family and friends.
23/09/20Basically as we expected due to the COVID situation, staff friendly and helpful, the whole place very clean and tidy and you couldn't ask for a better location.Glen Nevis Restaurant also very good ??
22/09/20First time I've stayed in a Hostelling Scotland room, rooms and communal areas were spotlessly clean, beds comfortable, good shower in the ensuite. COVID controls fully in place. Reception even had a bar area. We'll done Hostelling Scotland I would stay here again and highly recommend
21/09/20A fantastic stay at Glen Nevis. Safety and cleanliness were a priority and we felt very safe at all times. A special mention to Fiona the hostel assistant who was so friendly and helpful and did everything she could to ensure we enjoyed our stay. She really made our stay memorable. Thank you
20/09/20Lovely helpful staff, fantastic location. Felt tea and coffee was overpriced for what it was and while kitchen facilities were closed but you could get hot water. Communal spaces look lovely, it's a shame we were visiting during COVID 19 restrictions!
16/09/20At the Glen Nevis hostel, they have very friendly helpful staff, found we could leave our heavy rucksacks at the hostel safely while, taking a light pack to visit the Ben. The hygiene standards are high.
14/09/20We had a 3 bed room with ensuite (3 single bunks). Very comfortable. Excellent location for climbing Ben Nevis with the start opposite the hostel. Very clean throughout. I would stay here again. Bring your own towel and soap etc.
13/09/20I have tried not to reduce the rating as some of the issues (e.g. no cooked breakfast available) are linked to Covid 19. The rooms are basic but comfortable enough. Location is very good for Ben Nevis, West Highland Way or the many walks in the area. I would stay here again if in the area.
08/09/20Fab location with incredible views from the room, definitely recommended!
07/09/20Absolutely fantastic, can't fault it. It was a shame not all facilities were available due to covid but that's understandable and I'm sure if they were they would have been 5* too. Beds were more comfortable than my own at home lol.
07/09/20Fantastic hostel and the best location . I stopped here 10 years ago before it was refurbished. It's more like a hotel than a hostel.
06/09/20Stayed early September and covid related restrictions had closed all communal areas, including kitchen and lounge. This reduced the atmosphere usually associated with hostels but the place is still open, is clean and the team are very friendly so a big thumbs up for being able to have some time away from home. A couple of restaurants are close by so we had a great break.
05/09/20Had a fantastic stay at Glen Nevis.Staff super friendly and helpful!Spotlessly clean room and bathroom, looked fresh and new!Only marked slightly lower on breakfast and facilities because services were limited due to the current COVID situation.No bar, no hot food, and no social areas....but all understandable in this situation!Will definitely return!
Reasons to visit
Glen Nevis is located close to Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK.
Glen Nevis Youth Hostel sits at the foot of Ben Nevis with a path to the mountain leading directly from its door. And with Britain's highest mountain, a world class mountain biking course and some of Scotland's most dramatic landscapes on its doorstep it's no wonder Glen Nevis is one of the most popular destinations in our network.
The area is home one of the highest waterfalls in Scotland, the Steall Falls. The walk to the falls is spectacular and suitable for most abilities with the correct footwear.
For those looking for an adrenaline rush, other activities in the area include sea kayaking, white water rafting, winter sports and a high wire adventure course. You can hire ebikes from Lochaber E-Bikes who will arrange a personal drop-off and pick-up from Glen Nevis Youth Hostel. Off Beat Bikes in Fort William also offer bike hire (standard, tandem & tourers), as well as detailed route advice and information about local cycling routes.
Described as the greatest railway journey in the world and a must for Harry Potter fans, the Jacobite steam train made famous by the Harry Potter movies takes you on an 84 mile round trip past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it then visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig, passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar, and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis!