We were a group of 11 there for three nights, the hostel though undergoing some refurbishment was very clean and tidy and they could not have been more friendly, helpful and flexible over our late at night arrival.
As a location it suited our mix of touring and hill walking perfectly and provided a comfortable common room/kitchen area to return too in an evening.
The village also has a number of reasonably priced pub restaurants for those who don't want the hassle of preparing a meal on returning.
- 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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- The Smugglers Hostel, Tomintoul Scotland