Loch Ossian and Torridon Youth Hostels Shortlisted in TGO Reader Awards

Celebrating its 90th anniversary as a sustainable tourism accommodation provider, Hostelling Scotland is delighted to be shortlisted in the TGO Magazine Reader Awards

Hostelling Scotland, a self-funding charity celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2021, is delighted to announce that both Loch Ossian and Torridon Youth Hostels (pictured), have been shortlisted in The Great Outdoors Reader Awards 2021.

Having received a large number of public nominations in The Great Outdoors Magazine’s tenth Reader Awards, two of the most iconic Youth Hostels in Scotland have been shortlisted in the hostel or bunkhouse of the year category.

The competition is fierce from YHA and Independent hostels and bunkhouses, from Scotland, England and Wales, and Hostelling Scotland’s members and outdoor adventurers are being urged to show their support by voting ahead of the 22 November 2021 deadline. 

Vote now by clicking here.

Margo Paterson, CEO of Hostelling Scotland, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have two great hostels shortlisted in these prestigious awards.

“Having picked up the Silver award last year it would be lovely if Torridon could go one better this year and pick up Gold, but our Loch Ossian is also a very special place and a favourite with so many hostellers.

“Having been a runner up on many occasions, an award for this homely eco-hostel would certainly be a fitting way to top off our 90th anniversary celebrations.”

Loch Ossian Youth Hostel sits on the southern shore of Loch Ossian.

The traditional but 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 base 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.

Loch Ossian Youth Hostel is only accessible by rail, bike or foot.

Corrour railway station is the highest mainline railway station in the UK and the hostel is a short 20-minute walk from the station.

Winner of the Silver Award in The Great Outdoors Magazine Awards 2020 for accommodation, the dog friendly Torridon Youth Hostel sits 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 surroundings and local wildlife. 

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 clay pigeon shooting, archery, kayaking and mountain biking.