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Loch Lomond, the Trossachs & Lochaber: Bunkhouses, bothies & hostels

This map shows hostels and bunkhouses in the area inland from Mallaig including Lochaber and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The Lochaber area of the Scottish west Highlands covers Rannoch Moor and the west coast around Mallaig and Ardnamurchan, including much of Perthshire. It’s central town, Fort William, is known as the Outdoor Capital of Scotland. South of Lochabar is Loch Lomand and the Trossachs, a wild area easily accessible from the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. These landscapes are ideal for outdoor activities and Independent hostels, bunkhouses and bothies provide good value self-catering accommodation to use as a base.

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Callander Hostel

Situated in the town of Callander at the start of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Callander Hostel is a great location for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts alike. With outstanding views over Ben Ledi this Visit Scotland 5 star Hostel has recently been refurbished to a high standard. The comfortable beds, en suite rooms and fully equipped self-catering kitchen will ensure that you have all you need for the perfect retreat. The gardens have a children’s play area, BBQ pods and seating.

Comrie Croft

Welcome to Scotland’s hiking and mountain biking holiday destination. Stay in the 4* homely hostel, dine in the on site cafe (seasonal) and explore the biking and hiking trails. You can book the whole hostel for the exclusive use of your group. Biking facilities on site include a bike park, graded, grin enducing, down hill tracks, family-friendly valley routes, and a bike shop for hire and repairs. For hiking there are four way-marked trails on site, a path to the

Coorie Doon

Ideally situated next to NCN Route 78, the Caledonian Canal (route of the Great Glen Way) and close to the GGW, the West Highland Way, Nevis Range and the Glencoe Mountain Resort this 5* cabin offers easy access to world class hiking, climbing, skiing, mountain biking, or simply enjoying the amazing view. Es, the owner and accomplished mountaineer is happy to offer advice.After a day of adventures return to the luxury of a drying room,underfloor heating and sauna!

Sheenas Backpackers Lodge

The Backpackers Lodge, the oldest original croft house in Mallaig, offers a homely base from which you can explore the Inner Hebrides, the famous white sands of Morar and the remote peninsula of Knoydart. Mallaig is a working fishing village with all the excitement of the boats landing. You can see the seals playing in the harbour waiting for the boats, whale and dolphin watching trips are available from the harbour. The hostel provides excellent budget accommodation with two

Bank Street Lodge

Bank Street Lodge is situated 100 metres from Fort William High Street which has numerous shops, pubs, restaurants and banks. 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 eating self prepared meals, and a snack vending machine. All bedding is provided. Some rooms are en suite (twins, doubles and family). WiFi is also now available in our lounge/TV room.

Smiddy Bunkhouse

Find a friendly welcome at this comfortable, mountain hostel with a loch-side location overlooking the Caledonian Canal 4 miles from Fort William & Ben Nevis. The pine clad interior has a cosy, friendly atmosphere with stunning mountains and water on the doorstep with the meeting of the West Highland Way and Great Glen Way only yards away. Hot showers. Fully equipped kitchens always available. (local shop open until 11pm daily). 2 efficient drying / laundry rooms. All bedding provided. Free

Àite Cruinnichidh

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. There are numerous walks easily accessible from the hostel and seven magnificent canoeing rivers within 20 miles.

Backpackers Plus Oban

Many people’s favourite hostel thanks to its friendly atmosphere, the beautiful seaside town setting and its excellent facilities. Enjoy free WiFi, free breakfast, free all-day hot drinks, clean spacious rooms, secure bike storage, laundry service, communal areas, strong hot showers, comfortable beds and a well-equipped self-catering kitchen. The lively town of Oban has direct ferry access to the many beautiful Scottish Isles.

Kings House Bunkhouse

New for 2017, the Kings House Bunkhouse, is perfectly situated right on the West Highland Way amid spectacular Scottish mountain scenery. With 32 beds across 10 rooms you’ll find ample storage for your bags and each bunk has a locker, reading light, power socket, linen and towels. Ideal for travellers needing a stopping point or as a base to explore all that Glencoe has to offer and beyond. You’ll find skiing, walking and mountain biking on the doorstep. The Way Inn café also offers all day dining and packed lunches from 7am to 11pm each day. .

Bute Backpackers Hostel

Bute Backpackers 4* hostel enjoys idyllic views of Rothesay sea front. With 40 beds in single, twin, double & family rooms (some en suite), the main house has a sea front sun lounge, a fully equipped, self-catering kitchen and a panoramic dining room. There’s a separate self-contained cottage dorm. Sky TV, internet, WiFi, drying & laundry add to your comfort. Private parking for 12 cars and secure bike shed.

Argyll Backpackers

If you enjoy spectacular views and watching wildlife in modern comfortable accommodation then you’ll definitely love Argyll Backbackers! Just minutes from Cycle Route 78 at the hamlet of Inverneil and centrally located for island hopping, our hostel offers double rooms, en-suite rooms for 4 or 6 guests as well as twin rooms. You’ll be able to stock up on supplies from Tarbert or Ardrishaig / Lochgilphead, depending on your route.

Corran Bunkhouse

Corran Bunkhouse 4 star accommodation is situated in a stunning lochside location surrounded by mountains in the magnificent Highlands of Scotland, 8 miles south of Fort William and 7 miles north of Glencoe. The Corran Bunkhouse is made up of two fully equipped self-catering bunkhouses which between them can offer comfortable accommodation for up to 32 people. One bunkhouse sleeps 12 and the other sleeps 20 making Corran Bunkhouse an ideal base for small and large groups. Individual travellers

Strathfillan Wigwams

Fancy glamping in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park? Your ideal base for hill walking, canoeing & fishing the Wigwams have electric lights, heating and a BBQ area, some are en suite. Or there are self catering lodges, a camping/caravan site, a farmhouse sleeping 12 and a yurt sleeping 5.

Torran Bay Hostel

With 16 en suite rooms Torran Bay Hostel lies at the southern end of Loch Awe and offers the perfect base for your Highland holiday. Enjoy excellent free fishing or launch your boat from Torran Farm land and spend the day on the 25 mile long Loch. Boats can be hired via the hostel. Other activities include hiking, cycling, bird watching or golf

By the Way Hostel and Campsite

By The Way Hostel & Campsite lies in the Loch Lomond National Park, halfway between Arrochar’s peaks and the grandeur of Glencoe. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts with excellent walking, climbing and white water rafting. The accommodation ranges from camping, basic trekker huts to a purpose built 4* hostel with twin, double and dormitory rooms, with great self-catering facilities. For more comfort still there are 2 chalets; one with three bedrooms, one with two.

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.

Glenfinnan Sleeping Car

Glenfinnan Sleeping Car provides unique, accommodation in an historic railway carriage next to the station. Your ideal location for the mountains of Lochaber, Rough Bounds, Moidart and Ardgour, Glenfinnan makes a great starting point for bothy expeditions and is 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 to give you a break from self-catering.

Balmaha Bunkhouse / Hostel

On the banks of Loch Lomond on the West Highland Way, Balmaha Bunkhouse offers quality accommodation. Continental breakfast, bedding, WiFi, tea & coffee are included. The bunkhouse is ideal for hen, stag and family get-togethers. A private self-catering chalet (The Roost) sleeps 4 and there’s B&B (en suite) in the main house. Kayaks and Canadian canoes can be hired on site

Glencoe Independent Hostel

Glencoe Independent Hostel, centred around an old highland croft in the heart of Glencoe, offers great value accommodation for groups, families and individuals. It is set in secluded and peaceful woodland midway between Glencoe village and the Clachaig Inn with immediate access to world class cycling, walking, climbing and kayaking. The hostel is 20 minutes from Glencoe Ski Centre and the West Highland Way and 40 minutes from Nevis Range. The hostel has 4 rooms, a lounge with open fire,

Trossachs Tryst

Now providing accessible accommodation ideal for disabled groups but available with sole use of the building to groups of all kinds. Trossachs Tryst is a purpose built hostel with level accommodation for 32 on the ground floor, and a further 8 beds on the second floor. Situated a 3 acre site, set amidst beautiful scenery on the edge of the Trossachs National Park, just outside the beautiful tourist town of Callander.

Inveraray Hostel

The historic town of Inveraray, on the western shore of Loch Fyne is a superb location for exploring Scotland’s Southern Highlands and Islands. Inverarary Hostel is perfect for independent holidaymakers who enjoy the chance to socialise with other guests from many different backgrounds. The hostel offers basic but comfortable accommodation in private rooms and dorms, there’s an excellent self catering kitchen plus dining and sitting areas.

Glebe Barn

Situated on the extraordinary Isle of Eigg in a charmingly converted 19th century building, the Glebe Barn offers 4 Star, homely hostel accommodation within 1 mile of the well stocked island shop and cafe/restaurant. The hostel boasts outstanding sea views, a well equipped kitchen, cosy log fire and wide range of books and games for all ages. Sleeping up to 22 in a combination of twin, triple, family and dormitory rooms, Glebe Barn is perfect for individuals, families or

Knoydart Bunkhouse

Knoydart is a remote peninsula on the west coast of Scotland reachable only by boat or long hike. A community enterprise, the bunkhouse runs on green principals and is just 2 mins’ walk to the beach and 10 mins’ to Inverie with its pub, post office, shop and ferry. There are 4 bedrooms and comfy communal areas. Bed linen and duvets provided. Ranger service and deer stalking available. Bring your own food and torch!

This map of the Lochaber, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs shows bunkhouses, bothies & hostels around Fort William and near Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Part of Independent Hostels UK, the largest network of bunkhouses and hostels in the UK.

This map shows the area inland from the west coast of Scotland including Lochaber and the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The Lochaber area of the Scottish west Highlands covers from Rannoch Moor in the south to the west coast around Mallaig and Ardnamurchan, and as far east as Fort William ,the start of the Great Glen. It includes much of the county of Perthshire. The town of Fort William in Lochaber is often referred to as the outdoor capital of Scotland. Ben Nevis rises above Fort William and Loch Linnhe starts near the town. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park are south of Lochaber and easily accessible from the citys of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Here you can climb Munros such as Ben Lomond in the Arrochar or take to the waters of Loch Lomond by boat and explore the many islands. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park was Scotland’s first National Park and contains the geological fault line that divides the Highlands from the Lowlands. The Trossachs are not just for the outdoor enthusiast, this area was also much loved by Wordsworth, Coleridge and other famous writer and artists. The Steamer across Loch Katrine is called the Sir Walter Scott. The hostels and bunkhouses shown in these areas are well equipped for walkers, climbers, cyclists and people enjoying all sorts of outdoor activities. With drying rooms, lockable bike sheds and communal self-catering facilities they provide a comfortable end to the day