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Glen Nevis Youth Hostel re-opens after major redevelopment project

Hostelling Scotland‘s Glen Nevis Youth Hostel in Fort William, Lochaber, has re-opened following an extensive eight-month redevelopment project that has seen the youth hostel stripped back to the bare shell, transforming it into an exciting contemporary living space.


The £2.1m renovation project highlights the organisation’s commitment to a continual programme of modernisation across the network by providing great quality accommodation in the finest locations Scotland has to offer.

The new youth hostel offers guests excellent value with a mix of private en-suite rooms and shared accommodation making it the perfect stay for individual travellers, families and groups. Guest catering is available in the hostel along with the opportunity for visitors to relax and take in the views from the new large decked area. Guests also benefit from a modern, spacious self-catering kitchen, comfortable open plan living and dining spaces with panoramic views over the spectacular Nevis mountain range, and a welcoming wood burning stove for those cooler evenings.


The redevelopment of Glen Nevis Youth Hostel, which sits in a fantastic location at the foot of the UK’s highest mountain, follows recent Youth Hostel development projects at Aberdeen, Loch Ossian, Achmelvich Beach, Oban and Lochranza on the Isle of Arran.


Hostelling Scotland Chief Executive, Margo Paterson, said: “I am delighted to announce that the newly renovated Glen Nevis Youth Hostel is now open.


“We pride ourselves in excellent customer service, listening to our members and guests, understanding their needs and developing our network to offer the best possible hostelling experience. The new Glen Nevis Youth Hostel, one of our flagship hostels, highlights this perfectly.


“This major redevelopment project truly reflects our commitment to the modernisation of our accommodation network. It also highlights our mission to make more of Scotland more accessible to more people than anyone else; and especially young people, providing great value, affordable, flexible and welcoming accommodation in the best locations across Scotland. We want guests to discover the real Scotland with us.”


Hostelling Scotland is a self-funding charitable organisation with 34 hostels located throughout Scotland, accommodating 380,000 guests every year, with a turnover of £9m and an estimated contribution to the Scottish visitor economy of £25m.



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Notes to Editors:

Hostelling Scotland is a self-funding charity operating a network of nearly 60 exceptional youth and affiliate hostels for the benefit of all those wishing to learn and experience what Scotland has to offer. Our unique sites provide affordable, comfortable, safe and quality-assured accommodation with a warm friendly welcome, local knowledge, activities and services for guests travelling around Scotland.


Members enjoy a range of exclusive benefits including dual membership of Hostelling International, providing access to more than 4,000 youth hostels in over 90 countries worldwide. Membership and guest overnight income supports our charitable youth programmes and the maintenance of the hostelling network, particularly in rural Scotland


Following a strategic review of the organisation, early in 2018, the much loved 88 year old hostelling accommodation provider is now known as Hostelling Scotland. The new identity follows on from extensive marketing research and reflects the organisation’s commitment to understanding the needs of its members, guests and employees as the modern face of Scottish Hostelling. The name also more clearly indicates its representation of Hostelling International within Scotland.


Both the changes in trading name and logo highlight a commitment to ensuring Scotland’s leading hostelling organisation remains relevant in the modern context.


Background to modernisation of Hostelling Scotland:

Since June 2004 the not for profit, self-funding charity has gone through its most radical period of modernisation in its 85-year history. Throughout this period Hostelling Scotland’s vision has been to ensure that it remains the principle hostelling organisation of choice in Scotland through the provision of a sustainable, modern, high-quality affordable accommodation network that meets the needs of today’s hostellers as they look to explore and discover the real Scotland.


Recent Hostelling Scotland modernisation projects include:

  • The renovation of Oban Youth Hostel
  • The Renovation of Lochranza Youth Hostel, Isle of Arran
  • Development projects at Loch Ossian and Achmelvich Beach
  • The purchase and renovation of Portree Youth Hostel, Isle of Skye
  • The renovation of Aberdeen Youth Hostel
  • The major renovation of Glen Nevis Youth Hostel, Fort William


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