Glen Affric Youth Hostel is a unique and remote youth hostel which sits in a wide river valley surrounded by high mountains. Situated 8 miles from the nearest road, our remote eco-hostel offers a truly unforgettable experience.
A former stalking bothy on the Glen Affric Estate it's a haven for walkers, nature lovers and those seeking solitude. One for real outdoor enthusiasts, the hostel has 15 Munros on its doorstep and good tracks through the valleys for both walking and mountain biking. The youth hostel is only accessible on foot or by mountain bike, please allow at least 3-4 hours for the walk in (see Facilities for more information). The location is very special and it is the closest you will get to an Alpine Hut in Scotland. A great experience awaits those who are prepared to make the effort to visit.
There are no signs to the youth hostel so a good map, compass, torch and appropriate clothing are essential. The weather can change in an instant and streams can become difficult to cross after heavy rain.
The hostel offers shared accommodation as well as two private rooms. Guests must bring their own sleeping bag.
For practical advice on the youth hostel and planning your trip please see Facilities section below.
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- Distance to nearest shop 14 miles
- Private rooms available
- Total beds 24
Tel: 0345 293 73 73
Reception closes at 22:30
Check in 17:00 - 22:00
Check out 07:00 - 10:00
For a printable version of this information click here to download youth hostel fact sheet.
To help you plan for your stay at Glen Affric we have compiled some practical advice about the hostel and a check list for packing.
A wind turbine and solar panels provide limited electricity and a wood burning stove provides heating in the kitchen and lounge area as well as hot water. A hot shower is available.
There is no heating in the bed rooms so it is essential to bring a warm sleeping bag.
Catering: Self-catering along with a small youth hostel shop selling pouch meals, soft drinks and chocolate bars.
Due to the limited amount of electricity there is no fridge/freezer or microwave oven at the hostel so please plan your meals accordingly. Otherwise the kitchen is well equipped with hobs, oven, grill and an old fashioned kettle.
There is no refuse collection service at the youth hostel so we ask everybody to carry out what they carry in.
We do not allow outdoor footwear in the main building so a pair of slippers or other indoor footwear is handy.
Glen Affric is totally off-line. There is no phone or internet connection. Plenty of board games and books are available for your entertainment. A rare chance to experience life as it was before the internet.
Packing Check list:
Pillow case (available to hire for £1)
Food & Drink
Map & Compass
Towel and Toiletries (Preferably eco-friendly)
Warm Clothes & Wet Weather Gear
Getting to Glen Affric Youth Hostel
Access to Glen Affric YH is on foot or mountain bike only. Please allow minimum 3-4 hours from the following access points:
- Glen Affric car park at the end of minor road from Cannich. Distance: approx 8 miles along a rough vehicle track – a mountain bike can be used here. Please see www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lochness/Alltbeithe.shtml for detailed information on the walk. From July to early September there is a bus service from Inverness/Drumnadrochit to the car park. Please visit www.ross-minibuses.co.uk for timetable.
- Cluanie Inn on A87 Skye buses stop here - visit www.citylink.co.uk for timetables and fares. Distance: approx 6 miles along a very boggy track up An Caorann Mor. Please see www.walkhighlands.co.uk/kintail/Ancaorannmor.shtml for detailed route description.
- Morvich near Shiel Bridge on A87. Distance approx 8 miles. There is a choice of two tracks from here either through Gleinn Lichd (the easiest to navigate) or up Glearn Choinneachain and over Bealach an Sgairne. Please see www.walkhighlands.co.uk/kintail/Bealachnasgairne.shtml for detailed route description. City Link's Skye bus service stops close to Morvich Village. Please visit www.citylink.co.uk for timetables and fares.
The routes to the youth hostel are not sign posted so bringing a map and compass is essential.
Please check weather forecast before setting out as streams can quickly become impassable after heavy rain.
Tel: 0345 293 7373
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As part of our commitment to sustainability and environmental issues, our youth hostels are assessed by Green Tourism, the largest and most established sustainable certification in the world. The assessment covers areas such as energy saving, waste minimisation, social responsibility and travel.
Glen Affric Youth Hostel currently holds a Gold award for Green Tourism. To read more about Hostelling Scotland’s Sustainability Charter, please click here. There are some quick and easy ways that you can make a difference and help us achieve our Green Tourism goals - to read our Responsible Visitor Charter and find out more, please click here.
We encourage our guests to use public transport where possible when travelling to our youth hostels – please see travelinescotland.com to plan your route or speak to youth hostel staff. If you are touring Scotland on two wheels then sustrans.org.uk has a wealth of information on cycling routes, safety and sustainable travel.