Gerrys Hostel, Craig Achnashellach, Strathcarron, Wester Ross, IV54 8YU
Call Simon Howkins on 07894 984294, 01520 766232
OverviewGerry's Hostel is situated in an excellent mountaineering and wilderness area on the most scenic railway in Britain. It is on the Cape Wrath Trails, The T.G.O Challenge Route and is 0.5 miles from the Coulin Pass at Craig. Gerry's Hostel sleeps 20, 10 in a large dormitory with comfortable beds, the rest in 5 or 6 bed family rooms. The hostel has a comfortable common room with log fire and library, old records and WiFi - it has everything you need! Meals and draught ale are available 15 minutes' drive away. Come and go as you please. Use as a centre to explore this stunningly beautiful area or as a stop off point on your way through. The perfect base for a wide variety of activities including walking, climbing, fishing, cycling, golfing and wildlife watching. See pine martens, buzzards, golden eagles, red deer, waterfalls and pinewoods from the doorstep. This accommodation is featured on our map of West coast of Scotland, Skye and the Hebrides and here is its own website.
Rooms & Beds:20: 1x10, 2x5 or 6
Open:All year. Check in after 4pm
Price per night:From £19pp main dorm. Family room from £19pp (min 3 guests). Twins and doubles £25pp.
Booking:Via the website, e-mail, phone or text.
Directions:GR037 493. 95 miles north of Forth William, 50 miles west of Inverness on A890. 10 miles west of Achnasheen and 10 miles east of Lochcarron. 4 kilometres east of Achnashellach train station.
Public Transport:Achnashellach station is 4km west of the hostel. Nearest Citylink coaches drop off at Inverness. Local bus between Inverness and Lochcarron garage Wednesday and Saturday 3pm.
Walks:Long Distance Walks
Stay in a marvelous mountaineering and wilderness area!
August 1st 2018
Gerrys Hostel is in the perfect location to access munros, corbetts and low level walks with stunning landscapes.
Explorers of Scotland’s 3000 ft munro mountains must not miss out on Wester Ross’s fine munro, “The Spear”. Rising dramatically above the magical Loch Maree, the challenging climb of Slioch is named as the best munro for Wanderlust’s 20 best hikes in Scotland list.
As well as the plentiful munros enclosing around Gerry’s Hostel, there are many sirenic separate mountains over 2500 ft, corbetts. And in the low levels there are enchanting, winding trails and foot paths, such as the long distance Cape Wrath Trail and the T.G.O Challenge Route.
A hostelling legend
September 16th 2017
…stunning scenery…and that warm light from the window to return to…
Look at the picture alongside this ‘natter’. I’ll bet that’s a good indication of what people who have visited Gerry’s Hostel have felt. The sun dropping behind the mountains, a cold night just starting to bite, a warm light welcoming from the window and the hope of a convivial evening inside.
Gerry’s Hostel is apparently legendary. Its eponymous founder was as rugged and irascible as the surrounding countryside. Yet, judging by the comments and memories posted online, just like the highlands – he had his devotees. Now run by Gerry’s son, it advertises a log fire and wifi – so maybe some of the rougher edges have been smoothed away. Although their website gleefully announces that food and drink can be had “locally”, 15 minutes drive away!
Having said that – we find ourselves in the Scottish Highlands surrounded by stunning scenery: moorland, lochs, forests and peaks with the opportunites for close wildlife encounters right from the doorstep. There’s walking, climbing, fishing, cycling and any amount of other outdoor activities drawing you on and that warm light from the window to return to…
The famous Gerrys Hostel at Achnashellach
February 9th 2017
Now under the careful ownership of Gerry’s son.
This famous hostel, run by mountain guide Gerry for years, is now under the careful ownership of his son. Set in rural peaceful surroundings in Craig near Achnashellach, it is a perfect location for hill walking with low level walks and mountain treks above 900 metres.