Blackwater Hostel first opened its doors back in 1999 and since then it has firmly established itself as one of the best hostels on the West Highland Way. Set in the scenic village of Kinlochleven, the hostel is surrounded by Mamore mountains and lies on the banks of the River Leven. It is perfectly situated just 200m from the village centre, with tourist attractions such as the Ice Factor – Europe’s largest indoor climbing wall, right on the doorstep. The hostel is a great base for outdoor enthusiasts or for a stopover when walking the West Highland Way. If walking is your thing there are numerous routes leaving from the village – ranging from low level to high level with plenty Munro’s nearby to check off the list and famous walks such as the Buachaille Etive Mor, The Lost Valley, Aonach Eagach Ridge, The Pap of Glencoe all just a short drive away. For those looking for an adrenaline rush there’s Vertical Descents based just around the corner who offer canyoning, white water rafting, kayaking, and Scotland’s first Via Ferrata where you can scale up the side of Grey Mare’s waterfall – Scotland’s third largest waterfall. There’s plenty around to keep you entertained on your trip whether it’s wet or dry!
The hostel can accommodate up to 39 guests in our 10 private rooms with en-suite facilities. All our cozy rooms have central heating, double glazing and comfortable bunk beds with fresh bed linens included. We cater for both small and large groups with room sizes varying from 2, 3, 4 & 8 bedded. Lie back and enjoy the flat screen TV in your room or freshen up after a hard days walking in the adjoining en-suite facilities with plenty hot water on tap and soap, shampoo & shower gel all provided, hairdryer is available on request. For breakfast and dinner, guests can make use of the fully equipped self catering kitchen and unwind in the large communal dining and lounge area. There is plenty to keep you entertained in the evenings with free WIFI available in all areas, large flat screen TV’s and a selection of board games to choose from. Guests also have the use of two commercial drying rooms to ensure any wet kit is nice and dry for you in the morning. There’s ample free parking out front for all hostel guests or if travelling but bike we do have a secure lock up where these can be stored. The hostel is also dog friendly.
Overlooking the village of Kinlochleven, our lodge has been recently renovated with new heating system and double glazing throughout. The hostel sleeps up to 32 guests with 8, 4 bedded rooms available.
Adjacent to the Blackwater Hostel, all overlooking the river Leven (2 overlook the campsite). Pods available in varying sizes from 2 bedded mini lodges up to 4 bedded mega lodges.
The Campsite is situated adjacent to the Blackwater Hostel, many of our guests tell us it’s, “The best equipped site along the West Highland Way”. The camping ground is ideally located as it is right in the centre of the village.