Glen Nevis 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 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.
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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
07:00 - 23:00
15:30 - 22:00
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)
27/09/21Excellent location, beautiful views Very friendly staff, very good clean facilities
24/09/21Another excellent stay. Josh was particularly welcoming and helpful.
24/09/21A very good stay. A lovely well appointed clean hostel. The staff were excellent.
21/09/21Very good stay in great facilities
21/09/21Brilliant hostel in a perfect location, it was just unfortunate that we couldn't use the kitchen facilities due to the pandemic. The staff were really helpful though and did what they could.
17/09/21Overall a fab place to stay, if not somewhat expensive, excellent location as we were there to walk up Ben Nevis. All that you need from a hostel.
16/09/21Fantastic new hostel in an amazing location
06/09/21Simply the best location in Glen Nevis and superb hospitality as ever. The weather was dry and the mountains beautiful. Simply the best. Until we meet again!
04/09/21We spent an excellent 2 nights at the Glen Nevis YH. The staff were courteous and efficient throughout our stay, and the hostel throughout was spotlessly clean. We would definitely return.
03/09/21An excellent location with plenty of walks from the door. Room was well appointed with everything we needed. Staff very friendly informative.
30/08/21Excellent polite staff on arrival really helpful, rooms were clean and exactly what we required, we came to climb Ben and the location was excellent thanks for our great stay and we will defo see you again
29/08/21Clean, modern, and great service. Perfect base to start hiking up Ben Nevis from. Loved it.
28/08/21Great location, literally at the foot of Ben Nevis. Would gladly recommend.
26/08/21This was the nicest youth hostel I've stayed in the UK I think. It is almost world class and on a par with Interlaken in Switzerland. Although we missed using the self catering kitchens and washing machine we managed. We hope to return and have more time here to explore the glen. It was overall wonderful
17/08/21great hostel in stunning location.staff were friendly and helpful.highly recommended.due to covid restrictions breakfast was light style one i.e. no cooked breakfast available.even so thoroughly enjoyed our stay
15/08/21Another warm welcome at this fabulous hostel, with staff making as much as possible available under the current restrictions.
05/08/21We could not have asked for a better place to stay in Glen Nevis. We'll definitely be back!
31/07/21Stayed here with a group of friends before and after climbing the South Glen Shiel ridge when it wasn't possible due to COVID restrictions to stay at Ratagan hostel. It was an excellent substitute and we will definitely be back.
28/07/21Stayed Friday 23rd July everything was great , location fantastic, staff very helpful..perfect for Ben Nevis which is accessed via the bridge opposite can't fault this place !!
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.
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!