Great Glen Hostel, South Laggan, Spean Bridge, Invernesshire, PH34 4EA

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Former youth hostel near Loch Ness on the Great Glen Way

Nestled between mountains and lochs in the heart of the 'Outdoor Capital of the UK', 20 miles north of Fort William and 10 miles south of Loch Ness, the Great Glen Hostel is an ideal location whether you're touring the Highlands, bagging Munros or paddling rivers and lochs. What's more it is only a few minutes' walk from the Great Glen Way.

The hostel provides comfortable accommodation in twin, family and dormitory rooms. Hostel facilities include a breakfast and evening meals, small self-catering kitchen, drying room, laundry, bike and canoe storage, free internet access, hot showers and a small hostel shop where you can buy your essentials. Breakfast, packed lunches and locally sourced, hearty evening meals are available on request.

Book by the bed, by the room or book exclusive use of the whole hostel. Outdoor activities can be organised if required.

This accommodation is featured on our map of North East Highlands of Scotland and here is its own website.


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  • Beds & Rooms:

    50: 2x2, 2x3, 4x5, 2x6, 1x8
  • Open:

    All year. All day. Please call first Nov-March.
  • Price per night:

    Dorm beds from £23. Twin rooms from £26 pp. Whole hostel for sole use from £500 per night.
  • Booking:

    Booking recommended. Please telephone in advance or book online
  • Directions:

    We are located 11 miles north of Spean Bridge and 3 miles south of Invergarry on the A82 in a small settlement called South Laggan. Citylink buses stop 100m north of the hostel on the A82. If you are walking the Great Glen Way, stay on the Way until you see signs directing you to the hostel.
  • Public Transport :

    Citylink bus services between Glasgow and the Isle of Skye, and between Fort William and Inverness will stop nearby. Nearest railway station: Spean Bridge. Nearest airport: Inverness.
  • Walks :

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks Land's End to John O Groats on foot LEJOG Land's End to John O'Groats by bike Great Glen Way Cape Wrath Trail Scottish National Trail
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available New Year 2023 / 2024 Available February Half Term 2024 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2024 Available August Bank Holiday 2023 Available October Half Term 2024


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
mMeals available (with notice)
nBreakfast available (with notice)
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
iDrying room
pClothes washing facilities
sComputer with internet
tWithin 1 mile of NCN
9Best Price Guarantee


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Stay at the Outdoor Capital of the UK

September 15th 2023

Nestled amidst the breathtaking scenery of the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK,’ Great Glen Hostel is a hidden gem situated 20 miles north of Fort William and 10 miles south of the legendary Loch Ness. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer seeking to conquer Munros, an avid paddler yearning for lochs and rivers, or simply a traveller touring the Highlands, this hostel provides the perfect base for your Scottish escapades. Here’s what you can expect from your stay at Great Glen Hostel

Comfortable Accommodation with Great Amenities 

Great Glen Hostel offers a range of comfortable accommodation options to suit your needs. Choose from twin rooms, family rooms, or dormitories, all designed to provide a good night’s rest after a day of exploration. The cozy atmosphere ensures you’ll feel right at home during your stay.

This hostel boasts an array of amenities to make your visit enjoyable and convenient. You can start your day with a hearty breakfast and even request packed lunches for your adventures. For those who enjoy preparing their meals, there’s a small self-catering kitchen at your disposal.

After a day of outdoor activities, take advantage of the drying room and laundry facilities to ensure you’re ready for the next adventure. Cyclists and canoe enthusiasts will appreciate the secure bike and canoe storage. Stay connected with free internet access, and refresh yourself with hot showers.

Great Glen Hostel takes pride in offering locally sourced, hearty evening meals. After a day of outdoor exploration, there’s nothing like a satisfying meal made with fresh, local ingredients. It’s the perfect way to refuel and share stories with fellow travellers.

Adventure Awaits

The Great Glen Hostel is not just a place to stay; it’s a hub for adventure. Here are five exciting activities to enjoy in the local area:

  1. Munro Bagging: With the hostel situated amidst mountains, you’re in a prime location for bagging Munros—Scottish mountains over 3,000 feet. Conquer these peaks and savour panoramic vistas.
  2. Loch Ness Exploration: Embark on a quest to spot the elusive Loch Ness Monster or simply admire the beauty of this famous loch.
  3. Canoeing and Kayaking: Paddle the pristine waters of the lochs and rivers, exploring hidden coves and enjoying the serenity of the Highlands.
  4. Cycling Adventures: Discover the region on two wheels, with scenic routes suitable for cyclists of all levels.
  5. Local Highland Culture: Immerse yourself in the rich Highland culture by exploring nearby towns and villages, each with its own unique charm.

Your Scottish Highland Adventure Awaits

Great Glen Hostel offers more than just a place to rest your head; it’s a gateway to the untamed beauty of the Highlands. Whether you’re seeking outdoor thrills, serene hikes, or a taste of local culture, this hostel has it all. Book by the bed, room, or even the entire hostel for a memorable Scottish Highland adventure. The majestic mountains, shimmering lochs, and warm hospitality of Great Glen Hostel await your arrival.

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Welcome to a Highland paradise

June 21st 2022

Great Glen Hostel has it all. If you love mountains, like bagging Munros, enjoy walking, cycling or paddling, relish being immersed in stunning Highland scenery or visiting historical sites ……………..Then a few days at the Great Glen Hostel in South Laggan will feel like paradise.

Munro Bagging:  You will be spoilt for choice, Great Glen Hostel is surrounded by them.  Choose from: Glen Garry, Glen Dessary, Glen Spean and the Great Glen.

Walking: The Great Glen Way (long distance footpath between Fort William and Inverness) is just 200m from the hostel.

Cycling: Sustrans route 78 runs  through South Laggan, and the the hostel is only a 20 minutes’ drive from the mountain bike trails at Nevis Range. There are also easy sections of the Great Glen Way  for day rides.

Paddling:  The Great Glen Canoe Trail runs just behind the hostel.

Day trips to historical sites:  Visit Glenfinnan, the Sands of Morar, Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye, and the castles of Urquhart and Eilean Donan.

Enjoy the Highland scenery:   Sit in our garden and absorb the 360 degree panorama of  mountain magnificence

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