I am off with Mountaineering Club to Ossian Youth Hostel for a couple of days with the Moray Mountaineering Club via a hospital appointment in Elgin. Ossian is a place I love defended by the long walk in or the infrequent train service. What a tourist attraction that line is underused and undervalued in my eyes? My big walks were spent in this place with hidden keys and a respite from wild weather in winter. Tom Rigg was the warden and a great pal sadly now gone but what a character. I have written about him in my blog in the past. I will be going in by train after visiting a pal near Fort William.
Loch Ossian Youth Hostel is a small, homely eco youth hostel, situated on the banks of Loch Ossian with exquisite views. Our eco hostel has a fully equipped self-catering kitchen but no fridge. Perishables can be kept cool in the north facing washrooms or in the loch! Drying is available on two overhead racks and boot stands by the fire. Although there are no showers, the wash rooms have hot water and towels are available for hire or purchase. Loch Ossian has a small shop with ‘Beyond the Beaten Track’ ready meals, a range of snacking essentials, postcards and sundries, such as midge repellent! At Loch Ossian Youth Hostel the staff are very proud of the eco-hostel status. Electricity is provided by a wind turbine, composting toilets are used and a reed bed is used to soak away for grey water.
Accommodation at Loch Ossian is only available in multi-share but groups and families do have the option of booking a dorm room for exclusive use. Children and families are most welcome at Loch Ossian Youth Hostel and there is a range of games and activities for families at the hostel. In extreme weather the youth hostel normally remains open during the day. Loch Ossian Youth Hostel is an excellent base for hillwalkers, as it is surrounded by Munros.
Loch Ossian Youth Hostel is only accessible by rail, bike, or foot. Corrour railway station (West Highlands Glasgow to Fort William line). Loch Ossian Youth Hostel is a short, approximately 20 minute walk from the station along a well-made track.
My favourite tale after a huge day from Dalwhinnie we were in the bothy and my dog went straight to the big stove. Very soon there was a smell of wet dog then burning dog as his coat singed and he was fast asleep enjoying the warmth. A role in the snow and he was okay. This is him at Ossian on another day, Teallach I miss you xxx
Goodbye to the ARCC at Kinloss Barracks I have some memories of that final piece of my RAF Career, good to see the seamless transition to the new Centre. I wish it well and hope that the all who are left to close this incredible place have found new challenges ahead. To all who helped me get a grasp of technology thanks but never forget its people your dealing with not just incidents? Thanks to all from the office, the cleaners, the radio room, the MCC and all the characters I worked with. A great team!
Take care and thanks for a job well done by all..