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Gold and Silver Gongs for Torridon and Loch Ossian Youth Hostels in TGO Reader Awards

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Pictured: Loch Ossian Youth Hostel.

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, Hostelling Scotland is delighted to win a Gold and Silver in the TGO Magazine Reader Awards 2021

Hostelling Scotland, a self-funding charity celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2021, is delighted to announce that Torridon Youth Hostel has won Gold and Loch Ossian Youth Hostel, Silver, in the hostel or bunkhouse of the year category in The Great Outdoors Reader Awards 2021.

Having received a large number of public nominations in the magazine’s tenth Reader Awards, two of the most iconic Youth Hostels in Scotland were shortlisted in the category against stiff competition from YHA (England & Wales) and independent hostels and bunkhouses from throughout the UK.

Hostelling Scotland’s members, together with outdoor enthusiasts from throughout the UK who use the Youth Hostel network for their expeditions, showed their support by turning out to vote for their favourite hostel or bunkhouse.

Margo Paterson, CEO of Hostelling Scotland, said:

“We are delighted to have achieved a Gold TGO award for Torridon Youth Hostel and Silver for Loch Ossian Youth Hostel at these prestigious awards in this our 90th Anniversary year. 

“These awards are fitting tributes to the dedication and hard work of the Youth Hostel teams involved and we are grateful to everyone who voted for us.”

A Silver Award winner in the 2020 Awards, the dog friendly Torridon Youth Hostel enjoys a fantastic setting on the NC500 at the head of Upper Loch Torridon.

The 4.5 (out of 5) star guest rated hostel is a popular base for hillwalkers, climbers and those simply wishing to relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery and local wildlife of the NW Highlands. 

The mighty mountain Liathach, with its two Munros, spectacular pinnacles and one of the most challenging ridge walks in Scotland, towers above the hostel.

Other activities in the area include mountain biking, kayaking and paddleboarding.

Loch Ossian Youth Hostel sits on the southern shore of Loch Ossian and can only be accessed on foot or by bike from the nearby Corrour railway station (the highest mainline railway station in the UK).

The traditional and homely eco-hostel (locally sourced hydro power complimenting the micro generated solar power supply, composting toilets, a reed bed grey water drainage system, and even bat-friendly paint!) makes a perfect year-round escape for hillwalkers looking to explore the remote wilderness of Rannoch Moor.

With a 4.5 (out of 5) star guest rating, it has plenty of low and high level walks to choose from, including a variety of Munros and Corbetts.

Popular with cyclists, star gazers, wildlife watchers, groups and families, it’s a great venue for a group getaway, or a peaceful break.

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