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

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Overall Rating 97%

From 21 Reviews

Hostel rating (21)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 100%
Cleanliness 96%
Location 98%
Security 95%
Service 98%
Comfort 96%
Green rating 98%

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 $27.89
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



Freundlichkeit und Hilfsbereitschaft der Wirtin könnte besser nicht sein. Liebevoll geführtes Hostel, es gibt absolut nichts zu meckern!!!


Avatar for Pasquale


Sat 10 Mar 2018

The rangers were amazing! Before going on a hike into some really intense weather, one of the rangers let us borrow old coats; they completely saved us at the top of the mountain and made our hiking experience much warmer and drier than it otherwise could've been. He also gave us a lift to a bus station where we could catch a ride back to Glasgow, saving us literally hours of transport and a massive headache. The woman who checked us in helped with weather and planning- they are all SO nice.


Avatar for Kate


Fri 10 Nov 2017

Had a lovely stay. The warden really looked out for us and made us feel very welcome. The living room is spacious, the beds are comfortable and the surrounding scenenergy stunning of course.


Avatar for Clare


Sat 28 Oct 2017

I really enjoyed my stay there and I would definitely come again. It is a beautiful place to stay and the people working there are very welcoming and helpful.


Avatar for Kneser


Tue 03 Oct 2017

I will recommend this hostel to anyone hiking on the west highland way. The only area that needs improvement is inadequate signage to guide weary walkers to the hostel. The tiny wee sign in the car park needs to be replaced with a much larger one. We wandered round for a long time and never saw it for almost an hour


Avatar for Gavin


Fri 08 Sep 2017


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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