This map shows the locations of Independent Hostels along the Great Glen, around Fort William, Inverness and the infamous Loch Ness. The hostels are also well equipped for adventurous holidays, walkers, climbers and outdoor enthusiasts. Can you think of a better place to go exploring than by the Loch Ness? Staying on the banks of Lochness listening to tales of Nessie, the legendary Loch Ness Monster! Hostels in Inverness are great for city breaks: exploring the beautiful castles, cathedrals, and art galleries, or just experiencing the thrill of the city itself and their low cost won’t put a big toll on your holiday expenses.
Hostels along the Great Glen
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Fort William Backpackers
Surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery, Fort William is a mecca for those with a spirit of adventure. You can start (or end) the West Highland Way in Fort William, hike or bike along mountain trails, go for a boat trip on the sea loch or just take it easy amidst the wonderful scenery. Even in winter Fort William stays busy with skiing, snow-boarding, mountaineering and ice-climbing. Set on a hillside above the town, with wonderful views, this cosy hostel provides all you'll need after a day in the hills.More details
Àite Cruinnichidh, 15 miles northeast of Fort William, occupies a unique sheltered spot adjacent to the Monessie Gorge where you can explore remote glens, mountain passes and lochs. The hostel has a fully equipped kitchen/dining room, sitting room, excellent showers, sauna, seminar room and garden. All bedding is provided. There is a good selection of maps, board games and books. Guests are encouraged to socialise and enjoy the natural environment that the hostel has to offer.More details
Ideally situated next to the road to the Isles, the Caledonian Canal (route of the Great Glen Way) and close to the West Highland Way, Nevis Range and the Glencoe Mountain Resort, this stylish cabin offers easy access to world-class hiking, climbing, skiing, mountain biking, or simply enjoying the amazing view. Es, the owner and a mountaineer, is happy to offer advice. After a day of adventures return to the luxury of a drying room, underfloor heating and sauna!More details
The Lochside Hostel
Perched right on the banks of Loch Ness, the Lochside Hostel has amazing views up and down the loch and can give you direct access to the water's edge. Why not go for a dip in Scotland's largest water body? Take a walk to watch for wildlife? Or even hunt the elusive Nessie!? The Great Glen walking route passes the front door and the End to End cycle route is nearby. Drumnadrochit is just 12 miles away by boat. Recently opened by MacBackpackers, an award-winning tour company who also own 3 hostels in Edinburgh, a great stay awaits!More details
Morags Lodge Loch Ness
A multi-award winning 4* hostel with a range of rooms to meet all needs and budgets in the bustling village of Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness. Your perfect base to explore the Loch Ness area and an ideal stop off on the Great Glen Way. Surrounded by stunning mountain scenery and set in wooded grounds the hostel boasts 24 hour self-catering facilities, excellent home-made cheap meal options, a rustic bar, free WiFi, bike hire and ample car parking.More details
Glenfinnan Sleeping Car
Glenfinnan Sleeping Car provides unique accommodation in an historic railway carriage next to the station and close to Glenfinnan Viaduct (used in Harry Potter films). An ideal location for the mountains of Lochaber, Rough Bounds, Moidart and Ardgour, a good starting point for bothy expeditions and a useful stop-over en route to Skye. The Sleeping Car has a fully equipped kitchen, showers & drying room. The dining coach provides excellent meals in the daytime to give you a break from self-catering.More details
Saddle Mountain Hostel
Saddle Mountain Hostel is a small and friendly 4* hostel in Invergarry, between Loch Ness and Fort William and at the junction with the road to Skye. The comfortable hostel sleeps 24 people in 5 rooms. It has a large kitchen, dining room and lounge, free WiFi, a purpose-built drying room and bike storage. A great location for Munro bagging, walking, cycling, scenic tours, water sports, fishing, and wildlife watching.More details
Inverness Student Hotel
The cosy and friendly Student Hotel enjoys panoramic views of the town and the mountains beyond. Your perfect place to unwind, just yards from the city's varied night-life and a few mins' walk from bus and train stations. Relax in the fabulous lounge with real log fire and drink as much free tea, coffee & hot chocolate as you like. Visit the beautiful ancient pine forest of Glen Affric or the Culloden Battlefield. Famous Loch Ness lies just a few miles upstream and of course has its own special wild animal.More details
Great Glen Hostel
Located between mountains and lochs 20 miles north of Fort William and 10 miles south of Loch Ness, the Great Glen Hostel is your ideal base. Perfect for touring the Highlands, bagging Munros or paddling rivers and lochs. It's only a short walk to the Great Glen Way. The hostel provides comfortable, well appointed accommodation in twin, family and dormitory rooms and has a shop where you can buy your essentials.More details
Glencoe Independent Hostel
Glencoe Independent Hostel lies in secluded woodland midway between Glencoe village and Clachaig Inn with access to world class cycling, walking, climbing and kayaking. The Glencoe Ski Centre and The West Highland Way are just 20 mins away. The hostel has 4 rooms with comfortable communal spaces. Also available are an alpine bunkhouse sleeping 16, 4 luxury caravans and 3 luxury log cabins.More details
Bank Street Lodge
Bank Street Lodge is 100 metres from Fort William High Street which has numerous shops, pubs and restaurants. There is a fully equipped kitchen with cooker, fridge, microwave, cutlery and crockery provided. The common room lounge has a TV, it also provides tables and chairs for meals and a snack vending machine. All bedding is provided. Some rooms are en suite (twins, doubles and family). WiFi is also available in the lounge/TV room.More details
Loch Ness Backpackers Lodge
This 18th century Highland farm house provides warm & friendly hostel accommodation. Ideally situated within walking distance of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, on the Great Glen Way and with pubs, restaurants and supermarket close by. Residents only bar offers over 70 Scottish beers and 25 Scotch whiskies. Horse riding, fishing, watersports and mountain biking can all be arranged locally. Free parking and free WiFi. Bike storage available except in Jul/Aug.More details
Find a friendly welcome at this warm & comfortable mountain hostel for your group or family. Enjoy the loch-side location overlooking the Caledonian Canal, 4 miles from Fort William & Ben Nevis with the meeting of the West Highland Way and Great Glen Way on your doorstep. Perfect for the outdoor enthusiast with advice/instruction/guiding from resident instructors for walking/climbing; river, loch and sea kayaking & dinghy sailing. Equipment hire available. AALS licensed & DofE Approved Activity Provider for expeditions.More details
This recently renovated bunkhouse provides good value accommodation for individuals and small groups right next door to the Arisaig Hotel and Crofter’s rest pub. A perfect stop of en route to the Scottish islands or as a base to explore this beautiful part of the north west coast. Sea Kayaking and Archery available from the Hotel, trips to the small islands from Arisaig Marine over the road. Cycle hire available or take part in an evening of tradional music makeing in the pub.More details
Corran Bunkhouse, lies on the shore of Loch Linnhe, 8 miles south of Fort William and 7 miles north of Glencoe. With two fully equipped, 4* self-catering bunkhouses; one sleeping 12 (plus 9 in an annex) and the other 20, it is an ideal base for small and large groups. All bedrooms are en suite. There are fully equipped kitchen/dining areas, drying room, central heating, laundry facilities, private parking and a steam room situated in the smaller bunkhouse. Children and pets welcome.More details
Blackwater Hostel and Campsite
Blackwater Hostel is in Kinlochleven, surrounded by the Mamore mountains, between Glencoe and Ben Nevis. An ideal stopover for families, cyclists, walkers, climbers and those who are walking the West Highland Way. A 4* bunkhouse with private en suite rooms, free WiFi, central heating, self-catering kitchen and a dining & conference area. There are supermarkets, pubs & restaurants in the village. Glamping pods and campsite are also available with their own facilities.More details
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.