I regularly stay in Scottish Youth Hostels but staying in this one was by far my worst experience. Firstly, the staff aren't helpful and stood around gossiping with each other while customers were waiting to be served. Secondly, I was told the dorms were single sex so my girlfriend and I (having booked 2 months in advance) were put into separate rooms, which wasn't a problem and was expected. However, I was later joined in my dorm by 3 Asian men and one Asian woman. One of the men passed out and began snoring while the other two took turns at getting into bed with the female. The next day we left the hostel at 10.30 am, when the it closes for cleaning, and on our return all our food, on our labeled shelf, had vanished (most of it was alcohol with some cheaper items such as tea bags and baked beans). I asked at the front desk and the woman had a look at what had been collected by staff earlier that day and of course only the beans and tea bags were found -- I assume the alcohol was taken for personal consumption. I was also told this was unusual and food normally remains in the cupboards for months so maybe the staff were just thirsty the day I stayed. Aside from that, the place was clean and tidy.
Stayed here while walking the West Highland Way in the summer of 2006. Clean, friendly, great.
A superb place to stay with good kitchen facilities. The staff are very helpful and cheerful. We, a group of ten had a great time here. Lot of walks around including West Highland Way. Surely I would recommend this hostel.
Very good and efficient. Good breakfasts at the railway station.
S E CHANDLER
Excellent hostel with beautiful views, and is a great base for walking the west highland way (the best known walk in scotland). The staff and the german sheperd 'Ailsa' were very friendly. Several good hikes start very close to this place. I highly recommend this hostel to anyone who loves walking/hiking or simply seeing more of Scotland!
We stayed in this hostel in 2002 after the Dunoon Highland Games. We were only there for one night and I remember the hostel as a quiet place located in the middle of the Highlands. The staff was very friendly and even reimbursed our money we lost in the laundry! My only problem with the hostel was the lockout - we couldn't stay for the awards ceremony at the Games because we had to check in prior to 11:00 or we wouldn't get into the hostel (but the staff needs to sleep at some point too) rendering us homeless for the night.
Feel free to email me for other hostels around Scotland (spent 3 weeks there in 2002.)
Bonne McGowan, Ohio, USA
Location and Contact
Station Road, Crianlarich,
Stirling, Regno Unito
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