Blackwater Hostel - Stay on the West Highland Way Kinlochleven
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The Blackwater Hostel

Blackwater Hostel first opened its doors back in 1999. 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 Blackwater 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. There’s plenty Munro’s nearby to check off the list. Along with famous walks such as the Buachaille Etive Mor, The Lost Valley, Aonach Eagach Ridge, The Pap of Glencoe which are all just a short drive away. For those looking for an adrenaline rush there’s Vertical Descents based just around the corner who offer various watersports and Scotland’s first Via Ferrata. Here 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!


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Staying at the Hostel

The hostel has 10 private rooms with en-suite facilities. All our cozy rooms have central heating, double glazing and comfortable bunk beds. 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. Then freshen up after a hard days walking in the adjoining en-suite facilities. There’s 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.

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.

Our Other Accommodation

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West Highland Lodge


Overlooking the village of Kinlochleven, our lodge has recently been renovated with new heating system & double glazing. 8 private rooms. Comfortable bunk beds. Communal showers/toilets, kitchen, lounge & dining area & drying rooms. Free WIFI.

The Glamping Pods are ideally positioned with many overlooking the River Leven. A great alternative to camping. We have 10, all season pods sleeping from 2-4 people. Each pod offers luxuries such as electric lights & sockets, free wifi, TV, microwave, fridge and kettle, electric heater/fan, storage & midge screens, PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BEDDING/ TOWELS CROCKERY AND CUTLERY..

Many of our guests tell us it’s, “The best equipped campsite along the West Highland Way”. Just 2o0m from the village centre. Great base for walkers. Camping guests have the use of the following facilities: free WIFI, shower/toilet block, charging points, drying rooms & covered pot wash area.

We’re hoping we get to meet you soon!
Our bookings are always busy, so don’t miss your ideal date!

Alternatively if you prefer to book via telephone, call our team on 01855 831 253