Now that Killin SYHA hostel has gone, Culdees is the only hostel type accommodation still open in the Loch Tay area.It offers two grades of room, at £17 per night for a basic bed in the bunkhouse, which includes a drying room, laundry and a well equipped kitchen, or £22 per person for a higher standard room in the main house. However beware if you book one of the family rooms as these contain a double bed and a bunk bed, whose upper level is dangerously high for a child and impossibly close to the ceiling for an adult!
First impressions are not reassuring, a collection of old caravans and some scruffy farm buildings greet you as you arrive, but the collection of buildings which form the hostel are charming, if a little confusing at first, and are clean and comfortable with many artistic touches. There is beautiful view down over Loch Tay from the terrace at the front of the house.
Culdees is not a normal independent hostel, it is rather the brain child of Maryse Anand who has a grand plan to create an ecological community here and there are a number of volunteers and others living in a collection of caravans, shacks and a yurt around this site. Much of it looks like it has been put together by enthusiastic amateurs but with a love for their work.
A problem which afflicts many independent hostels is that they are sometimes taken over by large, noisy groups whose main interest is the consumption of a large amount of alcohol. Fortunately if you have a bed in the main house you are fairly well insulated from anything taking place in the bunkhouse and it causes only minimal disturbance.
Culdees is a convenient base for walks on the Ben Lawers range and the hills along Glen Lyon and provides comfortable if rather quirky accommodation. Note that there is no shop or pub in Fearnan, the nearest pub is 2 miles at Fortingall and the nearest shop is 4 miles at Kenmore.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Culdees Bunkhouse, with stunning views over Loch Tay, offers a wide range of accommodation, from a bunkhouse hostel, to B&B style family rooms and a real home-from-home self-catering holiday cottage in the midst of the beautiful Perthshire Highlands of Scotland. ... more less