Loch Voil Hostel

Southern Highlands & Fife

Remote and peaceful mountain hostel on Balquhidder lochside with own jetty and boat. Within the Loch Lomond National Park. Ideal for outdoor activities and relaxing in beautiful surroundings. The hostel sleeps 12 in 3 bedrooms: double, family and bunk-room. Excellent car, bus and train connections to Glasgow and Edinburgh, airports and the West Highlands.

Website
Contact: Leslie MacKenzie

Address:
Loch Voil Hostel
Monachyle Tuarach,
South Loch Voil Road,
Balquhidder,
Stirling, FK19 8PB
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Tel: 01877 384740
Mob: 07989682585
Grid Ref: OS 247780 719165
Beds: 12
Nearest Public Transport: Visit www.traveline.org to see current timetables and plan your travel itinerary Buses from Stirling and Edinburgh to Oban and Fort William stop at the Balquhidder Road End (Kings House Hotel/Mhor84) . To continue up the glen go to www.stirling.gov.uk/DRT to download your booking request form and book your subsidised taxi service or phone 0845 277 7000 or 01786 404040. Booking is only possible 24 hours ahead of travel. Trains and buses from Glasgow to Oban and Fort William stop at Crianlarich from where there is also a DRT service.
Nearest Shop/Pub: It is best to buy food at the supermarkets in Callander or Killin (15 miles). There are small shops in Crianlarich, Lochearnhead and Strathyre. Large supermarkets in Perth and Stirling. Both Sainsbury and ASDA will deliver food here for you. You can arrange a delivery to coincide with your arrival.

Hostel Accommodation, Balquhidder, Stirling

Facilities
Loch Voil Hostel is on a working hill farm. It has excellent facilities including a fully equipped kitchen, central heating, 2 bathrooms with showers, internet access, clothes and boot drying facilities, bike shed, its own jetty and rowing boat. All linen and bedding are provided, but bring your own bath towel.

Food
Make sure you bring food to cook for yourselves as there are no shops nearby and the nearest reasonably priced restaurant is on the main road.  Well-known gourmet hotel Monachyle Mhor is our nearest neighbour - just across the glen – with bar for non-residents.

Prices
At Loch Voil Hostel you can book a bed, a whole room (see tariff above), or the whole hostel for £204 per night. 

Getting here
There are two ways to reach the Hostel.

1. By private car: either follow the HOSTEL signs along the three miles of the South Loch Voil unpaved road, or, if you are not a confident driver and/or have a very low car, take the tarmac road on the North side of the glen as far as Monachyle Mhor Hotel and from there cross the narrows to the Hostel by ferry or stepping stones. Phone 01877-384740 to let us know if you are intending to come in this way and we will let you know if using the stepping stones is possible. (When it has not rained much)

2. By public transport: visit www.traveline.org for current timetables.  Buses will drop you at the King's House Hotel (Balquhidder Road End). To continue up the glen go to www.stirling.gov.uk/DRT to download your booking request form and book your  subsidised taxi service; or phone  0845 277 7000 or 01786 404040. Booking is only possible 24 hours ahead of travel.                         

It is recommended that in the winter you start your journey early so as to arrive here in daylight. 

Activities from the Hostel

Walking:  We are surrounded by mountains which can be climbed in one day. These include Munros Ben Mor and Stabinion. You can also walk along the loch shore. Fishing: From boat or shore is allowed with a permit. Canoeing: is good here -from the Nenty down the Balvaig to the Leny Falls and Callander. Cycling:  The rough hill tracks are best tackled on mountain bikes but road bikes can reach the Hostel from the nearby Sustrans cycle route through Balquhidder. 

Activities in the surrounding area

See http://www.robroycountry.com/localinformation.html for more information on the many possible activities in the area. 


Prices

Dormitory:

From £17.00 per person per night

From £13.00 per child per night

Double/Twin Room:

From £45.00 per person per night

From £45.00 per room per night

Family Room:

From £17.00 per person per night

From £14.00 per child per night

From £68.00 per room per night

Groups:

From £17.00 per person per night

From £14.00 per child per night

From £204.00 whole hostel per night

Exclusive Use:

From £17.00 per person per night

From £204.00 whole hostel per night


Reviews (1)

Great wee hostel in a stunning location

Reviewed on June 27, 2015

We had a fantastic stay here at the end of April. As a group of friends we were looking for somewhere that could accommodate a mixture of singles, couples and families and we were lucky enough to be able to hire out the whole hostel for the weekend. The location is absolutely fantastic, with a true highland get away feel, and great access for walks, both short and long. The social/dining area was perfect for blethering in the evening and all other facilities were up to scratch. We had a warm welcome from Leslie and really enjoyed our weekend. Highly recommended.

Stayed April 2015