Great Glen Hostel, Laggan

South Laggan
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Highly recommended

All my friends are very satisfied in this hostel and the staff are very friendly ... all the environment are clean especially the living room and the kitchen. A lot of bathroom in the hostel and cleanliness and room very comfortable. Highly recommended.

Age 22 | Malaysia

We visited this hostel in Auguest 2006. Very clean. Big kitchen. Good atmosphere. The front desk girl is very nice and informative.


Loch Lochy SYHA Hostel, a charming building, is a much-anticipated respite if you're hiking on the Great Glen Way -- a stone cottage with a courtyard in back and plenty of free parking). If you're coming from the south (Ft. William), it's about a mile north of South Laggan. You have to backtrack a bit on the main road because there isn't direct access across the field to the hostel. Although it's on the main Great Glen highway, there's not much around besides a few B&Bs, so it's fairly quiet.

If you're hiking, you'll want to bring your food with you because there isn't a store in South Laggan and the hostel's reception shop only has a limited selection of nonperishables -- cans of vegetables, small cereal boxes, etc. They have a large drying room and a coin-op laundry (two pounds to wash and twenty pence increments for the dryer). The lounge/dining area is huge, with an internet connection (buy one-pound vouchers that will get you twenty minutes -- it's on a timer and will cut you off if you run out of time. The vouchers are good at any Scottish Youth Hostel Association location, so if you buy extra time, you can use it at other locations.

The kitchen is large and clean, with several sinks and preparation areas, so if a large group is there, you will still have room to boil your ramen. There are two separate areas with couches surrounding coffee tables, so you'll have plenty of room to hang out while your clothes dry from the hike. Clean sleepsheets are provided & they'll ask you to strip your bed when you leave. You're provided with a key for your room, but they lock the front door at 11. The dorms are large -- ours had fourteen beds -- but they could have crammed eight more beds in there, so you'll have space to spread out and find your last pair of dry socks. They're very clean and subdivided with partial walls and there are plenty of hooks and chairs to toss your stuff on.

Our big dorm had a sign on a blocked-off door, saying that the manager was on the other side and to "keep the noise down" -- not a dorm with a party atmosphere. They have separate bathrooms/showers for men and women - there's only two female showers and three sinks, so there can be a wait! But they're very clean and one shower is big so you can bring your dry clothes/valuables in with you and not worry about them getting wet.

They have a lot of information at reception about local hikes and they'll take down your information so if you're hiking alone, someone will come looking for you if you're not back by a certain time. With SYHA hostels, you can book/pay for any of their locations at any of their hostels and can pay for a membership one pound at a time (per night -- rates listed are for members) with a "frequent flier" card.

Johanna Jensen (i've done this before, but couldn't find a login)

Great Glen Hostel Reviews from the Web

Warm, clean, comfortable hostel - friendly welcoming staff


Great place to stay, spotless, good rooms and lounge area.

Staff are super nice and enjoyed the stay - would go back if ever I'm able to paddle the Caledonian canal again.


Great location for a hostel. Rooms were clean and warm, plenty of space in the kitchen and common room. Ticks all your boxes!


Had a great and warm welcome from the manager who was very helpful - he adds a lot to the venue


Really nice stay here. Beds were comfy and warm, shower facilities were great. Staff were accommodating. Would definitely stay again.


A wonderful, clean and friendly hostel that had everything we could dream of. One downside is it is located on a busy road and you must walk on that road to get to it - feels quite unsafe.


Woderful place though pricy. However, it's hard to find anything as cheap as this in the area.

The reception guy was friendly and responsive.

Kitchen facilities are great, a whole range of dishes can be prepared with the equipment they have.


This is a great hostel! As a family with kids we had everything we needed, spacious beds, access to the kitchen, comfy lounge and a designated bathroom due to Covid restrictions. The best attraction was the chickens - the kids were allowed to look for eggs that we bought for breakfast!. There is a cycling path Great Glen Way 300 m from the hostel.


A truly wonderful hostel with great facilities and staff - spent 3 wonderful days hillwalking and the hostel is a great base!


A one night stay while hiking the Great Glen Way. Comfortable accommodation, clean communal areas, friendly staff. Overall, a very relaxing stay.


A great stopover whilst walking the Great Glen Way. We had a big room and bathroom to ourselves due to Covid, yet were still able to use the facilities/kitchen. Clean and warm


Great hostel with great rooms and facilities. Couldn't be more helpful. A very welcome sight after a long day walking!


How a Hostel should be. Ideal for the Great Glen Way, Caledonia Way and other activities.


Made very welcome by staff. Facilities great. Enjoyed relaxing after a long walk. Hostel, bedroom, bathroom, shower and kitchen were spotlessly clean.

COVID-19 safety measures were in place so we felt quite safe too

Plan to return for another stay soon.


Good facilities in a older style property which has all amenities

Friendly staff, great location


Ideal accommodation for hikers, like us, on the Great Glen Way. Very helpful and friendly staff.


The guy on reception was lovely, the shop was really useful, the kitchen was well-stocked, clean and it was great to have a living room area as well as a dining room.

The position of our room meant there was a lot of noise from reception but other than that, all good!


The only property that was open in South Laggan when tackling the Great Glen Way due to the coronavirus, this was a basic hostel with a friendly owner and adequate facilities. The twin room had bunk beds, which were less than ideal, and the temperature in the room overnight was a little too hot but the beds were comfy and the showers very good. The kitchen was well stocked and the communal areas (dining room and lounge) had lots of extras (TV, comfy furniture, board games). Would recommend.


Stayed a couple of days whilst kayaking in the area.

Lovely friendly staff and clean and well stocked facilities.

Will stay again (have already booked!)


A super hostel run by a fab host. our dorm was perfect when we arrived and a couple of extra towels were instantly available upon request. Our stay coincided with the 1st week of reopening after covid -19 so there was only one other couple staying at the same time so we really had the place to ourselves.



Loch Lochy Youth Hostel is situated in the heart of the Great Glen, 30 minutes' drive from Fort William. The Great Glen Way, passes just behind the hostel, and the Great Glen Cycle Route is only minutes away. For mountainbikers there are forest tracks to explore. Hillwalkers will be spoilt for choice with the 'Loch Lochy Munros' all within easy reach. Windsurfing equipment, boats, fishing tackle and mountain bikes can all be hired nearby at the Great Glen Water Park.

Location and Contact


• By Bus:
• City link buses from Glasgow, Fort William, Inverness and the Isle of Skye stop at Hostel
• By Train:
• Scotrail service to Spean Bridge from Glasgow
• By Car:
• We are situated on the A82, 11 miles north of Spean Bridge and 4 miles south of Invergarry
• By Foot:
• Follow signposts on the great glen way to the hostel, we are one mile north of Laggan Locks.

Address: Spean Bridge, South Laggan, Laggan, The Highlands, Scotland

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Website Great Glen Hostel Laggan
Phone Number: +44 (0)870 0041135
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