Stayed for a single night whilst doing a mountain bike tour of the Cairngorms. Great for us as it was right on the route.
The new owners had only been in a short while but were really helpful, had secure bike storage, and sounded like they had big plans for the place.
A few things that were missing but on their to-do list - outside tap for washing bikes, power sockets in the rooms for charging phones, improved shower facilities but these are really just "nice to haves".
Also would be good if they could offer breakfast, but I understand this is to do with having to get a food hygiene certificate first.
Anyway, would go back for a return visit and would recommend to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the picturesque village of Tomintoul, The Smugglers Hostel, the highest in the Scottish Highlands, is surrounded by stunning scenery. We offer friendly, comfortable and affordable accommodation for 20 'Smugglers' in our four cosy dorms, including two en-suite private rooms suitable for couples and/or families. The hostel has fantastic facilities: - Tea & Coffee - Bed linen (included in price) - A fully equipped kitchen with fridge, oven, hob and microwave - Bike shed - Outside hose to wash down those muddy bikes and boots - Drying room - Free Wi-Fi - 24/7 secure access - Lockers. As the northern gateway to the Cairngorm National Park, Tomintoul is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Climb our very own Munro, Ben Avon, get on your bike (or ours!) And enjoy the renowned cycling roads and mountain bike trails, follow in the footsteps of the first whisky smugglers and sample a local dram, try your hand at fly-fishing or explore the glens by horseback - the outdoor opportunities are endless. As an independent hostel, The Smugglers is run by the local Community Development Trust, so by staying with us, you're investing in the local community and making a difference to a rural economy! ... more less
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