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Ardess Lodge Rowardrennan, By Drymen, G63 0AR, Scotland

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Overall Rating 94%

From 14 Reviews

Hostel rating (14)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 97%
Cleanliness 94%
Location 94%
Security 93%
Service 95%
Comfort 91%
Green rating 94%

Situated at the foot of Ben Lomond, and 50m off the West Highland Way, Ben Lomond Bunkhouse is perfect as an overnight stop, or for those wishing to stay locally while climbing the Ben.

  • Dorm
    From $25.79
10 or more people?

By Drymen Hostel

Hostel By Drymen

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Situated at the foot of Ben Lomond, and 50m off the West Highland Way, Ben Lomond Bunkhouse is perfect as an overnight stop, or for those wishing to stay locally while climbing the Ben.
With spacious, comfortable bunk rooms, a large dining kitchen, large lounge with woodstove, hot showers and a great drying room, the bunkhouse is an ideal haven after your hard day in the great outdoors. Run by the National Trust for Scotland, all profits from the bunkhouse help towards the path repair and other conservation work on Ben Lomond.
The Ardess Hidden History Trail is a 1 mile loop walk through the natural Oak woodland behind the bunkhouse, and gives a great insight into past lives in the area. This is a great family walk for all ages. There’s also a pebble beach about 200m north, with endless supplies of stones for skimming and chucking.
Please note that we can no longer accept dogs.


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 16:00 and 19:00
  • Please contact hostel if arriving after 19:00
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout




  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 16:00 to 19:00
From 16:00 to 19:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 01360 870224

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • West Highland Way (At or next to the hostel)
  • Ben Lomond (5 to 10km)

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The staff were lovely, it was warm and the bathroom was clean and nice, as was the kitchen, bedroom and living area.


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Sat 15 Apr 2017

Fantastic bunk house made even more so by the fantastic Alex who gave us a lift down to hotel for dinner and then brought us back again - blistered feet have never been so grateful!! Would definitely recommend and hope to return again


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Sat 18 Mar 2017

excellent hostel, good kitchen facilities, warm and cosy lounge with log fire, and a friendly cat!


Avatar for Jim


Mon 30 Jan 2017

Nous avons eu un problème de réservation : nous avons bloqué le 17 juin, nous avons été facturé pour un séjour le 17 décembre. Pouvez vous SVP transférer le paiement effectué sur la réservation du 17 juin ? En vous remerciant, Bien à vous, Denis Brunellière


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Mon 26 Dec 2016

Hello Denis, We have moved your booking to June 17th and the balance due when you arrive is less the deposit you have already paid. I have sent you an email about this and will resend now for your convenience. Kind regards Alex

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Lisa MacKay,

Wed 28 Dec 2016

No complaints, we had a great stay. Alex was very caring and the place awesome!


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Wed 26 Oct 2016


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (1 to 2km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Mountainous Area (3 to 5km)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (500m to 1km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (5 to 10km)
  • Wooded Area (At or next to the hostel)
Getting to us

Getting to us

30 miles
7 miles
Local ferry on Loch Lomond 0.1 miles
20 miles
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Orienteering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Windsurfing

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