Hostels along the Great Glen including Loch Ness, Fort William and Inverness
This map shows the location of Independent Hostels along the Great Glen, which runs between Fort William and Inverness and includes the world famous Loch Ness and its equally famous inhabitant, Nessie. They are all part of Independent Hostels UK, the largest network of hostels and bunkhouses in the UK.
In the south of the Glen, Fort William is known as the Outdoor Capital of the UK. It nestles in the shadow of the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and is not far from the superb valley of Glencoe. The Great Glen itself is ideal for water pursuits, such as boat trips on the lochs or along the Caledonian Canal, as well as canoeing and white water rafting. The countryside is perfect terrain for hill walkers or long distance walkers on the Great Glen Way or the new South Loch Ness Trail. Cyclists will enjoy the off road trails or taking part in LeJoG on the rolling local roads.
If adventure is not your thing, you can visit Urquhart castle, the Falls of Foyers, the canal lock staircase at Fort Augustus or many other local attractions. At the northern end of the Glen, the Highland capital Inverness boasts all the restaurants, bars and shops you could want, plus the beautiful Ness Islands, and Eden Court Theatre. With its own airport, it’s perfect for a city break.
The Independent hostels and bunkhouses in this area are well equipped for those taking part in outdoor pursuits, and are well used to catering for walkers, cyclists and those who have been out on the water. Those in the towns offer an affordable alternative to budget hotel chains for those on a tight budget, or those who just want to stay somewhere less impersonal. Independent hostels are privately owned, like B&Bs, but are different in every other way. They typically offer a mix of private rooms (many en suite) and beds in shared dormitory rooms. They provide self catering facilities and a warm and buzzing communal atmosphere. They will generally have WiFi, drying rooms, laundry facilities, bike storage, and sometimes catered food for those who want it.