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Loch Ness Youth Hostel

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Located right on the waters of the great Loch Ness and just off the main highway between Fort William and Inverness, the location of the Loch Ness SYHA Hostel can't be beat. It's also only about 100 yards off the Great Glen Way trail, so if you're hiking or biking this seventy-three-mile trail, this makes a nice overnight stop between Loch Lochy SYHA and Drum (Drumnadrochit).

Parking is very limited and if you're hiking the Great Glen Way, you have to cross the highway between two blind curves, so look both ways! The kitchen is large, but there isn't a lot of useful space in it -- only one small refrigerator and not a lot of prep surfaces. It is very clean and well-labeled, however. The dining area is huge with tons of tables and chairs.

There are two fireplaces, but they ask that you put your wet clothes in their drying room (which also had a coin-op washer/dryer -- two pounds for a wash and twenty pence for six minutes of drying). The spotless dining room looks out over the lake to the mountains opposite and the wood decor and blazing fireplaces make you feel you're in a high mountain cabin.

There's a computer for internet access (you can buy a twenty-minute voucher for a pound -- the voucher works at any SYHA hostel, so if you buy extra time to avoid getting cut off by the timer, you can use it later in your trip). The hostel manager is very difficult to find -- the reception area is in a glassed-off room. There's a button to press to call her, but it took several presses and more than ten minutes for her to appear. The next morning, there was a line of six people waiting to check out, but she did nothing to help her assistant, who was bogged down with a couple who were booking the rest of their trip through her (at SYHA hostels, you can book/pay for any of their hostels at any of their hostels -- which can be convenient or annoying, depending on where you are in line).

You're given a key to your room and they'll hold your SYHA hostel card or other valuable item as a deposit. They ask that you check out by 10. There are dorm rooms and separate cabins, most with lake views. The dorms have minimal floor space, so we're glad ours wasn't full because there would have been no room for six backpacks and space to walk around. The dorm room has a sink/mirror in it, although there aren't any electrical outlets to be found in the rooms or bathrooms (only by the radiators in the hall!).

They provide clean sheets (no sewn-together sleepsheets to get tangled into). There was only one toilet and one shower (both very clean) for the whole floor and only one for the male floor below, so you could be in for a wait. The hostel has several gardens, one of which is strung with white lights and is quite pretty at night as it lights the lake shore below. There's nothing around as far as nightlife, shopping or groceries within walking distance, so bring your own provisions, or choose from the meager offerings behind the reception counter (provided you can find the manager) -- canned vegetables, cereal, and similar nonperishables. This also means that it's very quiet, so you can get a good night's sleep in the comfy beds.

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December 2005

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