Lazy Duck Hostel

Cairngorms National Park

Hostelkeepers David and Valery welcome you to what is one of Scotland's smallest hostels . Double bed and 2 singles in the sleeping gallery accessed by a ship's ladder. 2 double cabin bunks downstairs. Open plan. Private parties primarily provided for. Any length of stay. Late notice single bookings are available, in the event hostel is not booked by a group. Just look up the booking page and then ring us. We look straight to Cairngorm & Bynack and are hidden away on the eastern boundary of Nethy Bridge village on the back road heading to Tomintoul and The Lecht ski slopes. Sited among old Caledonian pine trees & waterfowl ponds: elemental yet pristine. WOODSTOVE : HOT TUB : SAUNA : SITOOTERIE : BBQ.

Contact: David and Valery

Lazy Duck Hostel
Nethy Bridge,
Inverness-shire, PH25 3ED
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Tel: 07846291154
Mob: 07846291154
Grid Ref: Landranger 015205
Beds: 8
Open: All Year
Notes: 2 person infrared SAUNA @ £5.00 per person per 40 minute session. Up to 6 person WOOD FIRED HOT TUB from £7.50. per person dependent on numbers and availability Hostel wheel chair access, please enquire. For health reasons personal sleeping bags should not be brought into the hostel. Be assured, the Lazy Duck is a non smoking environment inside and outside the buildings The Lazy Duck is a peaceful place. To ensure a good night's sleep for those folk off early to the hill as well as for children staying we ask for a respectful quiet from 11.00pm to 8.00am. Your respect for all guests, residents and the environment at all times is much appreciated. As we can be very busy with livestock or in the wood where telephone reception is not all we would like it to be please, if possible, make your enquiry by e mail
Nearest Public Transport: quarter mile to bus stop for Aviemore or Grantown on Spey and Inverness.
Nearest Shop/Pub: 1 mile to Post Office /general store and butcher. 2 hotels within 1 mile

We really are a tiny mountain hut hostel for private use only with up to 8 beds:- double bed & 2 singles in the sleeping gallery accessed by a ship's ladder, 2 double cabin bunks downstairs. Late notice single bookings are available, in the event hostel is not booked by a group, check out our booking calendar then ring us.

The Lazy Duck stands beside waterfowl ponds in a 6 acre/ 2 hectare homestead looking south, across a 100 acre moor to the Cairngorm Mountains. The hostel offers hospitality to small groups of travellers and to families and activity or leisure seeking groups. With covered garden - sitooterie - & barbecue, the mountain hut style accommodation is fresh, colourful and snug with woodburning stove, bluetooth radio and music system and books.  Free range eggs available for purchase when the hens are co-operating salad leaves in season - in aid of Cairngorm Mountain Rescue - fresh baked bread, 2 person sauna, wood fired hot tub by arrangement - check for details, broadband wireless internet & telephone.

Separate 4 pitch lightweight camping alternative available - see website. Nethy Bridge, on the tumbling River Nethy, close to Loch Garten and the Speyside Way, has Post Office/store, butcher, tennis, golf, fishing, Aviemore or Grantown on Spey bike & ski hire, horse riding and, within 10 miles, several establishments serving food. All seasons recreation country with great hill and forest routes - and lochs. There are mercifully few midges and to help out we have a resident 'Midge eater'!

Follow 1 mile sign to hostel from Nethy Bridge Hotel remembering to go straight over the cross roads after three quarters of a mile where local buses stop. Taxi from Aviemore £25.00 approx. The LAZY DUCK HOSTEL is ..... A Scottish National Thistle Award Winner, Scottish Green Tourism Business Gold Award holder, Let's Go Travel Award from 2002 "Recommended - one of our absolute favourites Rough Guide "Recommended......... and not to be missed". Guide de Routard from 2008 Recommended. Visit Scotland 4 Star Quality Assured and 'Scotland the Best' 2016  commended.    Remember...."Small is Beautiful" - Schumacher.   Do come - L. Duck

Over 15 years we have hosted more than 100 international VOLUNTEER HELPERS for periods of 2 to 6 months.  If you like the idea then do get in touch through our website Volunteering Page.

P.S.     for an utterly memorable feeling of seclusion try L. Duck's Woodman's Hut,  Duck's Nest or  Lambing Bothy.  And of course our 4 pitch lightweight camping ground among the pines is ready to welcome you from May to October.  All details and availability on our website





Exclusive Use:

Special Rate:

Sunday to Thursday : £95/night for up to 4 persons + £19 per extra person/night ............................................. Friday & Saturday : £195/night for up to 8 persons

Reviews (2)

Lovely quiet quirky hostel in the beautiful scottish highlands

Reviewed on September 12, 2016

We stayed for a weekend, 7 of us, in the hostel. A great place to get away from it all. Staff were friendly and helpful, there was a great laid back feeling to the place. Facilities were great, although we didn\'t take advantage of the hot tub or sauna. It was fun chopping firewood and nice to be able to just relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the forest. Would be very happy to return another time

Stayed September 2016

Hostel response:

Thanks so much you folks; Glad you had a good visit to our local Cairngorm Brewery and that, helped by your superbly cooked roast beef, you lived to tell the tale. Good brew isn't it! All the best, David & Team Lazy Duck

Brilliant hostel in an idyllic setting

Reviewed on September 11, 2016

We booked the hostel for 7 of us for 2 nights. We genuinely loved the place. Easy to find yet you it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere. The setup with the bunk beds downstairs and beds upstairs was great. Kitchen area with dining table was ideal and the outside barbecue area was just a lovely place to cook and chat. The staff were very welcoming, staff were on hand if you needed anything. The hostel was very clean. I would highly recommend staying here to anyone. Very well priced and we may go back again!

Stayed September 2016

Hostel response:

Many thanks Liam and everyone for your kind comments about the Lazy Duck. The team here much enjoyed having you with us and were particularly impressed with your log splitting success - as were you I believe. Yes do come again and welcome. All the best, David & Team Lazy Duck