It's hard to believe a hostel could be four-star but there you have it -- Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel is, and when you come, you'll see why. It's one of those places you book and end up extending your stay, particularly if the weather is good in this fabulous region.
This old Scottish shooting lodge is located right across from Loch Morlich and there's a large beach that's great for chilling out or engaging in various water sports. It's in the Cairngorm National Park, seven miles from Aviemore and two miles from Cairngorm mountain funicular. It's a great base for outdoor activities (some people undertake mountain climbing or rescue training nearby) and you're bound to meet a lot of other Scottish people holidaying here at all times of the year. You can go walking, climbing, biking, fishing, pony trekking, and skiing. It's really a destination for all seasons.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The comfortable rooms are all upstairs -- they're of the usual bunk variety. There are hospital-clean bathrooms.
They provide the usual drying rooms, laundry facilities, and a quiet reading room with books and materials. You can also take a cup of tea/coffee out into the grounds and sit on a bench and relax. The reception area is also fairly homey and they don't object to you making yourself at home on the couch. There is also a fully equipped kitchen at the Lodge and a fabulous dining area with open windows, so you can enjoy views of the grounds while you eat. There's food available at the hostel, at the shop across the road, or in other facilities nearby.
This is one of SHYA's best hostels and locations, and with scenery and adventure like this right on the doorstep, you really should start planning a visit here now!