My husband and I spent 2 nights at Prosen Hostel, near Glenprosen in the Angus Glens close to the southern Cairngorms, in the first week of May. We were visiting relatives in Edinburgh and wanted somewhere not too distant as we only had 3 days available. Looking through the Independent Hostel Guide we alighted upon the really attractive photograph of the hostel, which led us to read about it and decide to book.
We arrived at the hostel mid-day, parked in the car park and set off on the “Minister’s Path” as far as the point from which we had a view down to neighbouring Glen Clova. As we turned back, the cloud suddenly broke up and the sun appeared, never to disappear for the rest of our stay.
The hostel turned out to be very attractive and well equipped. We were the only people staying, so had a quiet night.
The following day dawned clear and sunny. It was warm enough to take our mugs of tea out to the picnic bench, from where we watched the rabbits and ponies in the field above the hostel. I also enjoyed the rope swing!
We then drove to the road end at Glenprosen Lodge and walked along the track continuing up the glen. It was then an easy walk uphill to one of the two local Munros – Mayar, height 928m. We ate our lunch while enjoying an extensive and sunny view taking in Lochnagar and other mountains. We returned by the same route, looking at the many sheep with black faced lambs.
On our final day, we thought we would explore the footpath which set of from Glenprosen Village across a footbridge over the river. We then walked some distance up a track which, if we had had time, would have led us to Blackwater Reservoir or even to Glen Isla. We had good views of yesterday’s summit. We arrived back at the hostel in time to look round the colourful garden of the cottage below the hostel, which happened to be open for charity.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Prosen Hostel and would certainly go again.
Prosen Hostel can be found on our map of The Cairngorms, Moray and East Scotland