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NTS Ben Lomond

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

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Overall Rating 97%

From 15 Reviews

Hostel rating (15)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 99%
Cleanliness 97%
Location 97%
Security 96%
Service 97%
Comfort 97%
Green rating 99%

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 $29.18
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)

See the full list of attractions



In der Küche dürfte mehr Ordnung sein. Sie war sauber, aber ein Chaos mit Geschirr. In der Lounge lag saubere Bettwäsche rum zum bügeln und gleichzeitig war es der Aufenthaltsraum. Ein bisschen mehr Ordnung und es ist perfekt


Avatar for Daniel


Tue 15 May 2018

No1!!!!No suggestions for improvement and...keep on doing it your way. We arrived feeling and looking like drowned rats and were immediately brought to drying room which felt like a sauna compared to the cold we had experienced.The bath was brilliant as was everything which followed right down to the Rabbie Burns quotes. We resumed our WHW walk the following morning feeling refreshed and an experience richer. Thanks to Alex (hope your DNA analysis doesn't show you are alien) Alisdair plus NTS .


Avatar for Robert


Sun 13 May 2018

Overall excellent experience with friendly and knowledgable staff who were willing to provide advice and suggestions for the duration of our stay. Clean, tidy and eco friendly.


Avatar for Kendall


Tue 03 Apr 2018

A fantastic stay. Alex made us SO welcome. After the day walking along the Loch it was paradise; it was warm and it has a bath. Great kitchen and comfy lounge. We were the only guests that night and Alex opened up for us. Good value


Avatar for Connie


Tue 20 Mar 2018


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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