Loch Ossian Youth Hostel
About About this youth hostel
If there's one thing you need to do in your lifetime, it's to stay at Loch Ossian Youth Hostel. Not our words - but taken from an article featuring the top places to visit in your lifetime.
Surrounded by Munros and only accessible by rail, bike or foot, this small, homely eco-hostel sitting on the banks of Loch Ossian with truly exceptional views is an excellent base for hill walkers.
Accommodation at Loch Ossian is only available in multi-share, but groups and families have the option of booking a dorm room for exclusive use. Children and families are very welcome and a range of games and activities is provided. Other facilities include a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, hot showers, a fridge, overhead drying racks and boot stands by the fire. There's also a small shop selling ready meals and a range of snacking essentials, postcards and sundries.
The team at Loch Ossian is very proud of its eco-hostel status, with locally sourced hydro power complementing the hostel's existing micro-generated solar power supply along with other green initiatives such as composting toilets and a reed bed soakaway for grey water.
In extreme weather the youth hostel normally remains open during the day.
Please bear in mind that there is no road access to the youth hostel or to Corrour station. Arrive on foot from Corrour station (West Highlands Glasgow to Fort William line, one mile away).
Facilities & Services
Open all year
Open until 22:00
16:30 - 22:30
07:00 - 10:00
The youth hostel is closed between 10:00 - 16:30.
Self Catering Kitchen
Best hostel in the UK for me so far. Got to have tons of understanding for dependency on nature, that sometimes has an influence on running this very green/ eco friendly location. The location is AMAZING - staff and guests too. Waking up to a warm fire in the common room? 10/10!
I'd like to say a special thanks to Loch Ossian hostel warden Jan - I stayed there with my son Gavin and my three grandsons, and Jan was so helpful and warm it made our stay not just good but fantastic!
I travelled to Corrour in February 2018 to bag Munros Carn Dearg and Sgor Gaibhre. Rather than rush round the circuit to make the train home I opted to take my time and stay at the Loch Ossian Youth Hostel afterwards. I was made very welcome by the hostel manager, Jan, and she made sure that the hostel was warm and comfortable for this time of year and nothing was a bother. I was very fortunate to have a dorm to myself due to visiting mid week which added to my enjoyment. Certainly worth a visit!
Old style basic hostel but with a location that more than makes up for any minor discomfort. Be prepared, there is nothing there but wonderful views and wildlife (the amazing stags came right up to the hostel door!). A stay to remember.
Nuala - England
It's my second visit to Loch Ossian, which shows how good the hostel is, providing an accommodation in such a beautiful place at a remote location. Jan the hostel manager is so friendly and other guests were very friendly, sharing dinner and funny conversations. It was really THE BEST hostel I have ever visited. Go with packed food and fall in love with nature.
Rakesh - England
I've been wanting to stay here for ages and it didn't disappoint. Perfect location for climbing nearby Munros.
Fantastic, simple hostel in an amazing, remote location. After a long day's walking, the smell of the fire was wonderful. Space to hang wet clothes to dry above the stove, a well equipped kitchen, and even hot showers. I really hope they keep it like this and don't modernise it further. Stunning train journey to Corrour. A real gem.
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.