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“Fantastic refuge in the wilderness” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Glen Affric Youth Hostel

Glen Affric Youth Hostel
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Allt Beithe | Glen Affric, Beauly IV4 7ND, Scotland   |  
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“Fantastic refuge in the wilderness”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2011

On the long walk from Loch Affric to Loch Duich with the rain driving hortizontally it was an incredibly welcome sight to see the tin roof of the youth hostel. Colin the very friendly warden welcomed us in, made us a cup of tea and let us warm ourselves by the stove. Although we didn't stay the night (we should have !!) it looked like a cosy spotless welcoming place to stay. The location is fantastically wild and if you start later in the day a great place to break the 18 mile walk through to Loch Duich.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2011

How does a hostel sound with an incredibly cramped kitchen with only one stove and sink? Only two loos. No drying room. One shower. A dormitory which is literally an unheated outside shed. If it sounds terrible don't visit.
The wonder is that it's here at all. If you want the ultimate back-to-nature, get-away-from-it-all expereince this is for you. Three hours walk from the nearest road, you must carry all your food and a sleeping bag.
You will be rewarded with excellent camaraderie, character, friendliness, all in a truly outstanding location surrounded by high mountains. I slept like a log.
It was very popular and hard to book. The one downside was that a group of volunteer workers did rather dominate and take over the facilities, an especial pain when the weather was bad and drying clothes was difficult. Other than that I'd say it was in a class all by itself. Standard assessment is almost meaningless.
But do not try it if you really need your creature comforts.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Address: Allt Beithe | Glen Affric, Beauly IV4 7ND, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Beauly
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Beauly
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
len Affric Youth Hostel is a unique and remote youth hostel in a wide river valley surrounded by high mountains. Situated 8 miles from the nearest road, our remote Eco-Hostel offers an unforgettable experience. A former stalking bothy on the Glen Affric Estate it is a haven for walkers, nature lovers and those seeking solitude. On the doorstep are 15 Munro hills and good tracks through the valleys for both walking and mountain biking. The youth hostel is only accessible on foot or by mountain bike, please allow at least 3-4 hours for the walk in. (see How to find us for more information). The location is very special and it is the closest you will get to an Alpine Hut in Scotland. A great experience awaits those who are prepared to make the effort to visit. Wi-Fi during your stay: We do our best to deliver a free Wi-Fi service but apologise that connectivity, particularly in our rural locations, can be intermittent due to the level of our current broadband provision along with high usage when the youth hostel is busy. Please be assured we are endeavouring to improve where we can. We thank you for your patience and understanding ... more   less 
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