Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel is situated in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, next to Loch Morlich, seven miles from Aviemore and just two miles from the Cairngorm mountain funicular and snowsports area. It's one of the best places to stay for year-round activities, including hillwalking, climbing, snowsports, mountain biking, pony trekking, watersports and fishing.

The former Scottish shooting lodge provides great facilities including a good range of multi-share and private rooms, a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, cycle store, drying room and WiFi access. Cooked breakfasts, packed lunches and full evening meals are also available. With 72 beds, Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel is popular with outdoor enthusiasts, families and youth and school groups looking for budget accommodation.

Glenmore is a fabulous area for activities, but is also somewhere to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Scotland with many easy walking and cycling paths through the Caledonian Pine forest on our doorstep. The Loch Morlich Watersports Centre is based on the large beach near to the youth hostel and some of our activity holidays are based here. For something different visit the Reindeer Centre, where you can learn more about and feed these friendly free roaming animals.

With dog friendly accommodation available at Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel, your four-legged friend will be able to join in on all the fun! A small fee of five pounds per dog per night will be charged and must be booked in advance to ensure that a dog friendly room is allocated. For further information please refer to our Dog Guidelines


If you are looking for large group accommodation or holiday cottages then we have locations across Scotland perfect for groups and family gatherings on a budget. See below for availability or click here for more information and to enquire.


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  • Access with limited mobility
  • Suitable for wheelchair users with assistance

Food and Drink

  • Alcohol Licence
  • Café
  • Groups meals service
  • Individual meals service
  • Self-catering kitchen

Hostel Services

  • Bike store
  • Distance to nearest shop nearby
  • Dogs allowed
  • Drying room
  • Family friendly
  • Laundry
  • Lockers/luggage store
  • Private rooms available
  • Suitable for groups
  • Total beds 72

Internet Access

  • WiFi access (FREE)


  • Lounge/TV room


  • Distance to airport 38 miles
  • Distance to bus stop Outside hostel
  • Distance to train station 7.5 miles
  • Parking nearby (free/charges apply) Free of charge



For more information please download the full access statement for this youth hostel here. This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to our suitability for those with access needs, but aims to accurately describe the facilities and services that we offer all our guests/visitors.

Telephone 01479 861 238

Reception Opening Hours 7:30 - 10:00 & 17:00 - 22:30

Check in 17:00 - 22:30

Check out 07:30 - 10:00

Limited Access Hours 10:00 - 14:00

Daytime access from 14:00

For a printable version of this information click here to download youth hostel fact sheet.

Please note: Cairngorm Lodge is a phone signal and mobile internet blackspot - perfect for getting away from it all - however there is a payphone in the youth hostel.

Catering available - Sample Evening Menu / Sample Children's Menu. Please note menus are subject to change.

Getting Here - Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel can be reached by using the local bus service (Stagecoach buses number 31) which runs from Aviemore.  The bus timetable can be found HERE. Get on at Aviemore Railway Station and get off at Glenmore.  The youth hostel is only a 2 minute walk away from the bus stop in Glenmore.


Glenmore, Aviemore PH22 1QY Scotland

Tel: +44 (0) 1479 861238



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Local activities:

  • In Your Element offer award-winning, land and water-based outdoor activities and events in the Aviemore and Cairngorms area. Instructor-led activities include segway safaris, canoeing, mountain biking, white water sledging, abseiling, archery, and an aerial adventure course at Rothiemurchus, Aviemore. For those who wish to explore the loch independently, IYE also offer a bike and canoe hire operation at the bike hire and activity hub at Rothiemurchus (opposite Treezone). Boats and bikes all suitable for children age 1+.