West Highland Way Sleeper, Bridge of Orchy

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Fawlty Towers meets Carry on Camping

Great Experience, (June 2015) We arrived earlier in the afternoon and had to hang around till 5pm, the host was a joy to be hold, forget TV this was pure entertainment with a capital E.

The accommodation was good, the food was good home-style cooking-very enjoyable pity the waiters were not up to par. The breakfast went down a treat and whilst there were issues, it certainly beat camping out. I'd travelled all the way from Western Australia and on the basis of food and accommodation, I'd give them another go.

Frank. Western Australia 2015-07-15

Age 61 | Australian

Strange and unwelcoming host and very dirty accommodation.

Arriving at 6.30pm tired, wet, and cold after the 14 miles we were kept sitting on station platform by our drunk host berating our tiredness while his wife got the room ready. Any thoughts we might have had of eating there were quickly dispelled when we saw the state of the dining room. People we met in the nearby hotel were all saying the same thing; this couple should give the place over to people who know how to run a successful business. Poor Bridge of Orchy, this place will eventually stop people from visiting.

Age 50 | Britis

Excellent bunkhouse, clean, comfortable, and fantastic value.

We all had a great time staying at The West Highland Way Sleeper and the breakfast was second to none -- we were certainly glad of it during the downpour that accompanied us that day. Moreover we had the benefit of a clean comfortable night's sleep to set us all up for "the devil's staircase" in Glencoe. The owners' kindness was much appreciated and we have all made a point of telling anyone who'll listen of the merits of our stop-over in Bridge of Orchy.


Warm, inviting, pleasant, comfortable, great food

Very obliging and helpful. Excellent food. Very "different" experience compared to most hostels.


Immaculate presentation! Very clean. The solidly built bunks and privacy curtains are really great. The video collection is a nice touch, though it seems a shame there are folks arriving in this fabulous location and wanting to sit in front of a small square screen. The welcome is a little Blackpool landlady somewhat rule-bound and I found myself wondering whether this is really a hostel or a semi-suburban B&B with an identity crisis lost on the West Highland Way.

The bunks look very inviting but I discovered they are barely long enough for a 5'9" female so they must be really restricting for anyone taller or broader. The mattresses are thick and sprung, but mine felt like I was sleeping on a bag of miscellaneous ironmongery, as the springs stuck out. Others in the dorm agreed. I had nightmares of a gremlin sitting on my chest poking long bony fingers into my ribs. We were in the smaller dorm and could find no opening windows. With five people asleep in a relatively small space, it was stifling.

Use of electric plug-in air fresheners is an inadequate substitute for pure fresh air disappointing in this location. These air fresheners pump out poisonous substances, too. There was only one electric plug in the dorm, and a ban on doing any laundry at the hostel a tad restrictive for folks who may be carrying everything they need on their backs. The phone at the hostel is for outward bound calls only (apparently because it is also used as business line). Thank goodness there was mobile phone signal, providing you can find a plug to charge the phone. Do the owners of this hostel really understand the needs of long distance and hill walkers? I am not convinced. The facilities here are far better than at the hotel bunkhouse (the only alternative budget accommodation) but I got a better night's sleep when I stayed at the bunkhouse.


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.

Getting there:

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.

Tessha Mearing


The Sleeper is a very comfortable and clean bunkhouse within the converted Bridge of Orchy Railway Station. Despite being a railway station with direct rail links to London, Glasgow, Mallaig and Fort William the location is extremely peaceful and set amidst stunning mountain scenery. It is an ideal location for walkers climbing the Bridge of Orchy group of Munros. Glencoe, Glen Etive, Blackmount, The Dallmally and Crianlarich hills are all a short drive away.

Facilities include 2 unisex dormitories with modern toilets and showers en-suite. All the bunks have privacy curtains and reading lights. All bed linen is provided by the hostel.

There is a common room with Dinner, Breakfast and Packed Lunches available. There is a good drying room for any wet gear and we can do laundry at £5 per load.

Please note that there are no shops at Bridge of Orchy so if you require any wine/beer with dinner, please bring it with you.

Booking is essential at all times, and payment is required at time of booking, preferably by card transaction by telephone or email. Please understand that we do not hold bunks without advance payment. If you email us and do not receive a reply within 48 hours then please telephone.

Please visit our website www.westhighlandwaysleeper.com to view the bunkhouse and the surrounding area. This is a unique bunkhouse that we feel will enhance your visit to the Western Highlands.

We look forward to seeing you at the Sleeper.

Helen and Steve

Location and Contact


• Hostel is the actual Bridge of Orchy Railway Station.
• The West Highland Way goes through the station underpass.
• Bridge of Orchy village is on the A82 about 60 miles north of Glasgow. The bus from Glasgow and Fort William stops outside the hotel. Follow the signs to Bridge of Orchy Station which is a short walk up the hill opposite the hotel.
• If coming by train you arrive right at the hostel entrance.
• If walking the West Highland Way simply walk up to the station platform.



Address: Bridge of Ochy Station, Bridge of Orchy, County Argyll, Scotland

West Highland Way Sleeper is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website West Highland Way Sleeper Bridge of Orchy www.westhighlandwaysleeper.com
Phone Number: 07778 746 600
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Facilities and Amenities


Luggage Storage


Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking


Hot Showers


Lounge Area

Wheelchair Accessible

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Service Animals

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: Throughout but always ring in advance

Reception Hours: 17.00 to 22.30

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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