Loch Ossian Youth Hostel

About About this youth hostel

PLEASE NOTE - There is no vehicle access to this hostel. Please leave your car at home! 

Winner of the Silver Award in the The Great Outdoors Magazine Awards 2021 for accommodation, this traditional but homely eco-hostel hostel sits on the southern shore of Loch Ossian and makes a perfect base for hillwalkers looking to explore the remote wilderness of Rannoch Moor.

Accommodation at the hostel is in male and female specific dorms, but groups and families have the option of booking a dorm for exclusive use. The hostel has a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, with fridge, and a small shop selling ready meals, a range of snacks, postcards and sundries. Drying is available on two overhead racks and boot stands by the fire - the perfect place to relax after a day on the hills.

Guests can now enjoy a welcome hot shower, thanks to the development of locally sourced hydro power complimenting the micro generated solar power supply. There’s also electric panel heating throughout and all bed linen is provided, so no need for sleep sheets or sleeping bags. Other green initiatives include composting toilets, a reed bed grey water drainage system - and even bat-friendly paint!

Loch Ossian Youth Hostel is only accessible by rail, bike or foot. Corrour railway station (Glasgow to Fort William line) is the highest mainline railway station in the UK and the hostel is a short, approximately 20 minute walk from the station along a well-made track.

Loch Ossian Youth Hostel is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking to get away from it all. It has plenty of low and high level walks to choose from, including a variety of Munros and Corbetts. Popular with cyclists, star gazers, wildlife watchers, groups and families, it’s a great venue for a group getaway, or a peaceful break.

In extreme weather the hostel normally remains open during the day.

The hostel is also available for exclusive private rental.

For information on hostel accessibility please click here

Why stay?

  • Friendly, knowledgeable staff
  • Beautiful loch side setting with stunning views
  • Warm and welcoming atmosphere
  • Regular visits from local deer

Video by kind permission of Ailidh Beaton of Ridgeline Prints

For information on our COVID-19 practices and what to expect when staying with us please visit the FAQ’s section. Please also be aware of Scottish Government guidance when making your booking.

Loch Ossian Youth Hostel

Based on guest review ratings
Corrour, By Fort William PH30 4AA Get Directions

Facilities & Services


Open all year (November-March: Wednesday to Sunday only, RentaHostel available all year)

Reception Hours

09:00-10:30 and 17:00-22:00

Check in

16:00 - 21:00

Check out

07:00 - 10:00

Access Hours

Closed between 10:30-16:30. Please note, there is no vehicle access - the hostel is only accessible by rail, bike or on foot


Bike Store

Guest Reviews

Reasons to visit

Set high on Rannoch Moor and surrounded by Munros, Loch Ossian Youth Hostel is only accessible by rail, bike or on foot. It’s the perfect location to get away from it all and access unspoiled natural beauty by the bucketload.

The rail journey to Loch Ossian Youth Hostel is via the famous West Highland Railway line which takes in the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct, famous as the bridge from the Harry Potter films, arriving at Corrour railway station, featured in the original Trainspotting film.

Sitting on the banks of Loch Ossian, with truly exceptional views, this small homely eco-hostel is an excellent base for hill walkers of all abilities, providing fantastic mountain and low level walks from its doorstep.

From the local stag who likes to come and visit, to the 'dark sky' that brings the stars to life, it’s no wonder a stay at Loch Ossian is on so many bucket lists. 


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