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Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel

Cairngorm Lodge, Glenmore, Aviemore, PH22 1QY, Scotland

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An atmospheric old shooting lodge in the Cairngorm National Park. An ideal base for hiking, biking, climbing and winter sports.

10 or more people?

Aviemore Hostel

Hostel Aviemore

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel is a former shooting lodge in the heart of Cairngorms National Park, seven miles from Aviemore with stunning views towards the Northern Corries.

The hostel offers a range of comfortable private rooms and spacious shared accommodation with separate washrooms. Guests can opt for a continental breakfast, lunch or evening meal served in the dining room or take advantage of the large, well-equipped self-catering kitchen.

The hostel is licensed, so why not relax and enjoy a locally brewed beer or a glass of wine in the cosy lounge, while taking in the view across the Cairngorms. Other facilities include a pool table, laundry, drying room and secure bike store. Basic provisions, confectionery and soft drinks are available to purchase at reception.

Due to the hostel’s remote location, WiFi is free but access is limited.

Local activities include hillwalking, climbing, snowsports, mountain biking, pony trekking, watersports and fishing. Most activities take place on the Rothiemurchus Estate, a fabulous area with many easy paths through the Caledonian Pine Forest. The Scottish Whisky Trail is also nearby and, for something different, visit the Reindeer Centre, where you can feed and learn about these friendly free-roaming animals.

The hostel sits across the road from the banks of Loch Morlich, which boasts the highest sandy beach in the UK.

Dogs are welcome at Cairngorm Lodge, for a small fee, when booking a private room. Please notify us in advance to ensure that a dog friendly room is available.

The hostel is also available for exclusive private rental.


Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 12 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • A non-member supplement of GBP 3.00 per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden
  • Pool table / snooker table
  • Terrace / patio


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Cafe/Bistro
  • Licenced Bar/Pub
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine
  • Restaurant onsite

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available
  • Locker Type - At Reception
  • Luggage Room
  • Luggage Room Availability - Available outside hostel reception times
  • Sports Equipment Storage
  • Sports Equipment Storage Type - Skis
Opening times

Opening times

Open from 13 Feb to 22 Oct

From 17:00 to 22:30
From 07:30 to 10:00
From 17:00 to 22:30

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +44 (0)1479 861238

Fax. +44 (0)1786 861766

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Cairngorm Mountain, Funicular Railway & Ski Centre (2 to 3km)
  • Loch Morlich & Watersports Centre (500m to 1km)
  • Glenmore Forest Park (At or next to the hostel)

See the full list of attractions



No lockers, shelves (or lights) on bunks. Ladder to upper bunks had narrow steps which hurt bare feet. Worst though, was that the Grundhlich[?] room had a noticeably strong odor (musty? or worse?) - which did not dissipate over two days. Hiked the Meall a' Bhuchaille trail which had great views and lovely wildflowers, but also very stoney underfoot; then back through ancient Caledonia forest with 300-400 year old Scots pines.


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Jo Ann,

Thu 25 Jul 2019

Please grease all inner doors to reduce noise for people. Adjust/Replace locks where needed.


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Thu 25 Apr 2019

We have had a great stay at Cairngorm Lodge SYHA. The hostel is super cozy and there is a lot to explore in the surroundng area. Thank you very much!


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Fri 29 Sep 2017

We have had a great stay at Cairngorm Lodge SYHA. The hostel is super cozy and there is a lot to explore in the surroundng area. Thank you very much!


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Fri 29 Sep 2017


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (Less than 500m)
  • Cycle trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Mountainous Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • National / State Park (At or next to the hostel)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (At or next to the hostel)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (Less than 500m)
  • Ski area (2 to 3km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (5 to 10km)
  • Wooded Area (At or next to the hostel)
Getting to us

Getting to us

52km Inverness airport
Local bus service (number 31) to Aviemore stops at the hostel contact the hostel for more details. Note - NO buses to/from Aviemore in the evening.
190km Rosyth (Edinburgh)
Local taxi available. Approx £15 one way from Aviemore to hostel.
Alternate Transport
On the 'Ski Road' at Glenmore - 7.5 miles east of A9 and Aviemore local bus available walking to the hostel from Aviemore takes approx. 2 hours.
Free parking is available at the hostel
8 miles Aviemore
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Mountain Biking
  • Ski / Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Walking / Hiking

Sustainability initiatives


  • Low carbon activities
  • Public transportation is promoted


  • Energy saving lights
  • Insulation and ventilation systems
  • Energy efficiency appliances


  • Working with local community
  • Mission-based activities
  • Educational programs


  • Recycling areas
  • Composting
  • Growing own vegetables
  • Fairtrade food served


  • Water savers in showers
  • Water recycling

Sustainability labels

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