Callander Hostel, 6 Bridgend, Callander, FK17 8AH
Call Patricia on 01877 330141
OverviewSet in one of Callander’s oldest and most distinctive buildings, Callander Hostel offers a selection of private rooms and shared dorms (all of which are en suite). In the dorms, each bunk bed comes with a utility board providing a reading light, plug socket and USB charging ports. The hostel includes a free parking area for guests and a garden with brilliant views across to the neighbouring Ben Ledi. Indoors, the hostel boasts a spacious lounge, free WIFI and a well-stocked kitchen area. Situated within Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Callander is often referred to as the “Gateway to the Highlands”. Unsurprisingly, it is an intersect point for a variety of tourist routes: multi-day walks (the Rob Roy Way); touring routes (Heart200) and National Cycle Route 7 (Glasgow to Inverness). The town has various amenities, such as supermarkets, cafés and a laundrette, yet still benefits from the beautiful rural setting. Cyclists and hikers are welcomed, with the hostel offering bike storage and a separate drying room. The town is within easy driving distances (or in many cases, just a short walk from) numerous popular walks, hikes and other tourist attractions. Whilst staying at Callander Hostel, many guests hike up the nearby Ben Ledi or the stunning Ben A’an. There are easier local walks to the picturesque Bracklinn Falls or following the River Teith along short sections of the cycle path. Guests also enjoy visits to Blair Drummond Safari Park, Doune Castle (used in the filming of ‘Outlander’ and ‘Monty Python & the Holy Grail’), Go Ape Adventure Park and the Walter Scott Steamship on Loch Katrine. Towel hire is available, as is padlock hire for the lockers located in each dorm room. Both individual rooms and the main entrance operate with electronic locks, meaning guests can access the building 24/7 using their key-fob. Callander Hostel is a social enterprise run by Callander Youth Project Trust (CYP). The hostel allows CYP to offer employability training and opportunities to young people from the local area, with the profits being re-invested in other CYP projects. More broadly, CYP provides youth services for people (aged 11-25) living within Callander and the surrounding area – incorporating a variety of activities and development opportunities.
Beds & Rooms:30: 2x8, 1x6, 2x twin/double, 1 x family(4). All en suite
Open:All year. 24 hr access. Check in 2-8pm
Price per night:From £18.50 per person in dorm, from £60 per twin/double en suite room.
Booking:Debit/credit card secures booking
Directions:Callander Hostel is less than an hour’s drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh Airport. Travelling north on the M9, take exit 10 and follow the A84 past Blair Drummond Safari Park towards Doune. Continue on the A84, following the signs for Callander. Proceed along the Main Street until you reach the traffic lights – turn left here (following the sign ‘A81 – Glasgow). Just after turning at the junction you will cross a bridge; Callander Hostel’s distinctive building is easy to spot on your right (opposite the primary school).
Public Transport:Callander can be reached by bus from Stirling via First Bus Service 59/C59. These buses run approximately every hour throughout most of the day; the journey lasts roughly 45 minutes. The First Bus timetable can be found via their website, alternatively TravelineScotland offer excellent information for all public transport journeys within Scotland.The bus stops at the War Memorial on Ancaster Square. From here (facing the church across the road), follow the road left until you reach the traffic lights. Turn left here and cross the bridge – Callander Hostel’s distinctive building should be easy to spot on your right (opposite the primary school).
Walks:Long Distance Walks
This accommodation is in a National Park, is available to individuals, is a Green Business Award Winner and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the Land's End to John O' Groats Cycle Route, the Scottish National Trail and the Rob Roy Way.
It has availability at New Year.