Off to Ossian Youth Hostel – maybe a new Corbett or Munro !

Tulloch – Corrour line

Heading off to the wilds this weekend with the Moray Mountaineering club,  for Corrour and Ossian Youth Hostel by train with some pals. The forecast is not great but what a place to be whatever the weather. so many great memories.

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 now showers, the wash rooms have hot water a shower 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 hill walkers, as it is surrounded by Munros and the odd Corbett.


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.

Tom Rigg in the Youth Hostel

Tom Rigg was the watden for 23 years and a great pal he passed away in 2015 but he elped the RAF Mountain Rescue a lot in my early days, especially in my big walks where he would let us use the Hostel in the winter.

Farewell to Tom Rigg – FROM THE Scottish Youth Hostel Website.

On Saturday 6th June 2016  a group of youth hostel staff, past guests, friends and family gathered at Loch Ossian Youth Hostel to say a last farewell to Tom Rigg. Tom was warden ot Loch Ossian Youth Hostel for over 23 years where he welcomed everyone – including the local wildlife – and made a lasting impression on all who met him.”

I great man who loved people and this wild place and always when I visit I remember Tom and his kindness.

My old dog Teallach at Ossian on a past visit when he used to sit by the old stove drying off once he nearly went on fire. Tom Rigg the Warden was amazed that the dog was in the Hostel against all rules but he never saw him till he ran out. Smoking!


About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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