The West Highland Way Sleeper is uniquely situated in the old station building on the platform of Bridge of Orchy train station. The train station is still in use, but don't be put off by thinking it'll be noisy as there are only about six trains passing through a day.
The hostel sleeps 15 people in two uni-sex dorms. One dorm has two triple bunks and the other room has three triple bunks. Each bunk has a reading light and curtains you can pull to surround the bed for privacy. Linen is provided.
The hostel is well looked after and clean. It has a quiet but nice atmosphere. There is a tidy and well equipped kitchen and a dining and TV room with videos and board games you can use. Bathrooms are ensuite to each dorm and are clean and modern.
The only down side to this hostel is that because of the structure of the building, you have to go outside to get from the dorm to the kitchen.
As far as the location goes, it is very remote. There are no shops in Bridge of Orchy so if you plan to use the kitchen you need to bring your own supplies with you. The hostel does sell as few basic groceries, breakfast, and packed lunches. There is a hotel in the town where you can buy dinner, but it is not cheap.
There are a few good short walks from here utilising parts of the West Highland Way. It is also 12 miles from Glencoe ski resort. You could spend a few days here or it makes a comfortable one night stop along the West Highland Way.
• By Car - Look for the road signs to Bridge of Orchy train station off the A82, 6 miles north of Tyndrum or 12 miles south of the Glencoe ski field.
• By Train – Just get off the train at Bridge of Orchy train station and you're there.
• By Bus – You want the Glasgow – Isle of Skye Citylink service. The bus will drop you off and pick you up outside the Bridge of Orchy hotel. Walk up the hill across the road from the hotel for about 100mtrs. The road goes to the right at the top of the hill and you walk about 50mtrs and you will come to the station underpass on your left.
• By Foot – The West Highland Way walk passes right past the Bridge of Orchy train station.
by Tessha Mearing
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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