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Stunning hostel reopens after refurbish


Set on the banks of Loch Lomond

Hostelling Scotland has announced the completion of its £900K refurbishment works to Rowardennan Lodge Youth Hostel.

As one of the network’s flagship hostels, the accommodation is set in an idyllic location on the banks of Loch Lomond.

Aimed at improving the hostelling experience for guests, the five-month project has transformed the flow of the ground floor and developed core hostel facilities throughout, while ensuring the character and panoramic lochside views that make this such a popular hostel are retained.   

First opened in 1950, Rowardennan has long been a favourite with hostellers. The hostel now offers a wide range of comfortable accommodation from a range of private rooms to shared dormitories and RentaHostel (exclusive private hire), making it a great year-round destination for individuals, families, groups and walkers tackling the famous West Highland Way.

It is also one of 17 WoofHostels, dog friendly Youth Hostels, across the network.

Margo Paterson, Hostelling Scotland chief executive, said: "Rowardennan Lodge Youth Hostel has long been a jewel in the Hostelling Scotland crown and a real favourite with hostellers.

“We pride ourselves in the provision of excellent customer service, listening to our guests, understanding their changing needs and developing our network to offer the best possible hostelling experience.

“This project reflects our ongoing commitment to making more of Scotland, more accessible to more people through the provision of affordable and welcoming accommodation in some of the finest locations Scotland has to offer.”   

Starting in early 2023, the work was carried out in two stages.

Phase one saw upgrades to the washroom facilities on the upper level, while phase two which started in early January 2024 has seen the extensive remodelling of the ground floor, introducing a large open plan reception, new drying room and laundry facilities as well as upgraded catering and self-catering kitchens.

The private rooms and shared dorm accommodation have been re-decorated, with wifi coverage throughout the hostel boosted to meet the changing needs of their guests.   

Rowardennan Lodge Youth Hostel will reopen on 1 June and is open for year round bookings.

It follows upgrade projects at Edinburgh Central, Glen Nevis, Inverness and Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostels.  

Ongoing projects include refurbishment works at Braemar Youth Hostel, scheduled to be completed by the 01July 2024, and upgrades to the toilet facilities at Loch Ossian Youth Hostel and to the washroom facilities at Kirkwall Youth Hostel. 



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