Set on the bonny banks of Loch Lomond, complete with its own jetty, Rowardennan Lodge Youth Hostel offers a range of shared accommodation and private en-suite rooms and is perfect for groups, families and individual travellers.

Recently awarded 4 stars by VisitScotland, other facilities at the hostel include a large communal lounge with panoramic views across Loch Lomond, a large self-catering kitchen and dining room, secure bike storage a drying room and laundry. The youth hostel is licensed and meals are available on request while snacks and drinks are available to purchase throughout the day.

The youth hostel sits on the West Highland Way, close to Scotland's most southerly Munro, Ben Lomond and is popular with walkers seeking some comfort after a hard days trek. Other activities in the area include water sports, fishing and for the less adventurous there are plenty of low level walks through the amazing scenery surrounding the hostel.


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  • Suitable for wheelchair users with assistance

Food and Drink

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

Hostel Services

  • Distance to nearest shop 11 miles
  • Drying room
  • En suite rooms available
  • Family friendly
  • Laundry
  • Private rooms available
  • Total beds 56
  • Wedding venue

Internet Access

  • WiFi access (FREE)


  • Lounge/TV room


  • Distance to airport 45 miles
  • Distance to bus stop 7 miles
  • Distance to ferry nearby
  • Distance to train station 22 miles
  • Parking nearby (free/charges apply)



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.

Open March - October

Tel: 01360 870 259

Reception Open 07:00 - 10:00 and 15:00 - 22:30.

Check in 15:00 - 22:30

Check out 07:00 - 10:00

Evening meals are served 18:30 - 21:00 and breakfasts 07:30 - 09:00

Coaches are not able to travel past Balmaha.

Please note that we do not accept stag or hen parties at any of our hostels.

A room key deposit may be required on arrival.

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

Getting Here

Ferry service provided by Cruise Loch Lomond:

  • Tarbet to Rowardennan 8:45 - 09:30
  • Rowardennan to Luss 09:30 - 10:00
  • Luss to Rowardennan 16:15 - 16:45
  • Rowardennan to Tarbet 16:45 - 17:30

The jetty is directly outside the youth hostel. There are bus and train links at Luss & Tarbet.


By Drymen, Glasgow G63 0AR Scotland

Tel: +44 (0) 1360 870259



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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.

Rowardennan Lodge Youth Hostel currently holds a Silver 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 to plan your route or speak to youth hostel staff. If you are touring Scotland on two wheels then has a wealth of information on cycling routes, safety and sustainable travel.

Local Nature Activities:

Local Activities:

  • West Highland Way
  • In Your Element offer award-winning, land and water-based outdoor activities and events on and around stunning Loch Lomond. Instructor-led activities include segway safaris, gorge walking, canyoning, canoeing, mountain biking, river sledging, abseiling, archery, stand up paddling boarding and an aerial adventure course Treezone at Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch – just minutes’ walk from IYE at Loch Lomond. For those who wish to explore the loch independently, IYE offer boat and bike hire from their base on the main beach at Loch Lomond Shores. Boats and bikes all suitable for children age 1+.