As a purpose-built hostel, we’ve designed everything with you in mind! From sociable areas to practical facilities to aid your outdoor adventures.
If you’re unlucky enough to catch a heavy shower or you just fancied a swim, you’ll be able to hang your damp gear in our drying room, gently heated by the hot water cylinders used for the hostel and owner’s accommodation, or on the large rotary drier (pegs supplied). We also have a covered outdoor area for any dripping wet gear!
Caring for the environment and operating sustainably is very important to us, so the hostel boasts many ‘green’ features:
- Solar PV panels with battery storage
- Recycled materials used in the construction of the hostel, including using rainwater for mixing cement;
- Breathable lime render applied to outer walls;
- Synthetic roof slates fabricated from recycled polypropylene and limestone;
- Fully insulated building;
- 100% ‘green’ energy supplier;
- Automatic timer controls to regulate heating and lighting throughout hostel in conjunction with energy-saving lightbulbs, PIRs, and radar motion detectors (please note the latter 2 don't work in normal daylight);
- Recycling containers for waste food, glass, paper, and plastics
We are situated on some popular biking routes and are well-equipped to accommodate cyclists. You can make use of our covered/secure cycle storage (please provide your own lock), also use a track pump, bike repair stand, and bike wash facilities (via rainwater-filled water butt).
We also have a small selection of bike tools available on loan.
Maybe you like that char-grilled crunch to your evening meal? Then our new fire pit (again courtesy of our 'lock-down' guest) could be ideal for a sociable BBQ overlooking Inverneil burn and Loch Fyne.
Although we do not offer meals at the Hostel, we do provide complimentary tea, coffee & hot chocolate, as well as some basics on the 'free food' shelves.
We can collect take-away evening meals by prior arrangement and also offer a free 'Basic Breakfast' of porridge/cereal, tea/coffee for you to help yourself to, when you want in the morning...just supply your own milk in case we run out!
Our private car-park has enough space for motorbikes too...with disabled parking and wheelchair ramp by the fully accessible bedroom.
Please drive towards the main Hostel door then reverse into a 'marked space' between the red & white reflectors on the fence...this is the easiest, safest and proper way to park (as per Highway Code) to enable you to drive forward when leaving.
Depending on the tide, you’ll be able to paddle safely under the road bridge to/from the garden area into Loch Fyne – but if the tide is out, there is still easy beach access 150mtrs along from the hostel - ideal if you want to get some close-up photos of the local seals (Hostel shown ahead of the bow).
To help you enjoy the spectacular scenery we have an 6-seat courtesy MPV with a driver (usually Pam). It can also carry up to 4 bikes if you’re too tired to cycle back from a day’s exploring!
Maybe you want to pick up some essential supplies, takeaway food, or beverages? Just have a word with Pam and she’ll try and help out with any reasonable requests.
We have 5 table and bench sets on the walkway accessible from the lounge patio doors; great for a morning chill out time or your evening meal, while watching seals in the bay and on the rocks at Inverneil island, or chatting to other guests about your day on the adventure trail.
Carry on your evening get-together under the stars...yes, we have 'dark skies' here too as there are no street lights, just our own patio lights if required.
As dog owners ourselves, we're delighted to allow well-behaved dogs in the hostel, as long as they sleep in your 'private room' with their own bedding, etc. Dogs are allowed into the 'common-room' lounge as long as with other guests agreement...some guests may be scared of, or allergic to your pet, so please do ask first.
Please note dogs are not permitted in the kitchen, on beds or other furniture, or to be left on their own in the hostel at any time.
To be as 'green' as possible, guests usually bring their own, but can hire towels for a small charge (£2), or use our microfibre towels as supplied.
The hostel has been designed to have wheelchair access to the ‘common-room (lounge/dining area) and one of the 3 kitchen areas has fittings accessible for wheelchair users.
One of our bunk rooms has a shower / WC which is wheelchair accessible and our car park has space for disabled parking next to the walkway ramp. Two other rooms have large, low entry shower-trays too for guests with limited ability.
The external walkway with an outdoor eating/seating area is also wheelchair accessible via the car park or south gable door.