Loch Voil Hostel


Monachyle Tuarach, Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Perthshire, FK19 8PB

    Remote and peaceful mountain hostel on Balquhidder lochside. Ideal place to get away from it all. Sleeps 12 in 3 bedrooms: double, family and bunk-room. Within 2 hours of Scotland’s major cities and airports. Access by forestry track or rowing boat


    The Hostel has excellent facilities including a fully equipped kitchen, central heating, 2 bathrooms with showers, internet access, clothes and boot drying facilities, bike shed, its own jetty and rowing boat rental ( £10 hr). All linen provided, but bring your own bath towel.


    Make sure you bring food to cook for yourselves as there are no shops nearby and the nearest reasonably priced restaurant is on the main road.  Well known gourmet hotel Monachyle Mhor is our nearest neighbour - just across the glen – with bar and sandwiches for non-residents.


    At Loch Voil Hostel you can book a bed, a whole room (see tariff above), or the whole hostel for £204 per night. There is also a campsite adjacent to the hostel for £10 per person per night and wooden cabins for smaller groups are available at £15 per person per night.  

    3 Hostel
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Open New Year
    Opening Times 2015
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff*
    double room
    £45.00 per room per night (room only)
    family room
    £75.00 per room per night (room only)
    mixed sex dormitory
    £17.00 per person per night (room only)

    It is possible to rent the whole hostel, which sleeps 12; a single or more beds in the mixed dormitory; the family room or the small double room. There are two bathrooms with showers and shared sitting, kitchen room. Two large cabins with own bathroom and kitchen facilities and sleeping up to 6 or 8 are also available - see booking tab for more details.

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Accommodation Type

    • Cabin
    • Self Catering Holiday


    • Bunk Beds
    • Dishwasher
    • Drying Facilities
    • Fridge
    • Gas Cooker
    • Hairdryer Available
    • Heating Throughout Property
    • Iron Available
    • Kitchen
    • Linen Provided
    • Microwave
    • Outdoor Drying Facility
    • Payphones Available
    • Shared Bathroom
    • Shower
    • Toilets
    • Tumble Dryer
    • Wash Hand Basin
    • Washing Machine

    Languages Spoken

    • French Speaking
    • Gaelic Speaking
    • Hindustani spoken
    • Italian Speaking
    • Spanish Speaking


    • Coastal Location
    • Lochside Location
    • Mountains area
    • Property On Farm
    • Remote Location
    • Rural Location
    • Sea/Loch View
    • Waterfront Location

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • Single Travellers


    • Children Welcome
    • Cot Available
    • Outdoor Play Area


    • Picnic Area
    • Smoking Restricted

    Leisure Facilities

    • No Television
    • WiFi

    Payment Methods

    • BACS
    • Internet Banking Transfer
    • No credit cards accepted


    • Bike Storage Available
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Private Parking

    Road Directions

    By car

    From Glasgow and Edinburgh follow the signs to Stirling (A80/M9). Do not go into Stirling but follow the signs to Crianlarich/Callander. (A84)  Keep going past Callander towards Lochearnhead.   A few miles after you have gone through the village of Strathyre, (before you reach Lochearnhead), look out for a turn to your right for Kingshouse/Balquhidder.  Turn off here,  go past a red phone box on your right and Mhor 84 Motel on your left and double back under the Main road following the signs to Balquhidder village. The distance is three to four miles. You will pass the Church with Rob Roy’s Grave on your right and you will know that you have reached the Village Hall when you see a second red phone box.



    Use your mobile now to let us know you are coming. 01877-384-740 or 01877-384-671 (evening). That way we know to look out for you.  Not all mobile phones work here. Vodaphone and 02 are the best.


    Now DO NOT go straight on. Take the left fork of the T junction, go 100 yards and over a hump-backed stone bridge and then take a sharp right off the tarmac onto a track which is signed for  Stronvar House/Farm/ Muirlaggan and Monachyle Tuarach (or Tuarach for short) where Loch Voil Hostel is situated. 



    From here it is 20 minutes drive up Balquhidder Glen on the South side of the Loch (NOT the tarmac-ed North side). 



    Proceed for a few hundred yards on a flat road and then take the right hand fork which will have a sign to Tuarach and Muirlaggan.  Carry on along this track parallel to Loch Voil for a mile or so until you get near to Muirlaggan Farm.



    Just before you reach Muirlaggan a left hand fork (signed Tuarach and West Highland Animation)  will branch off up a hill away from the Loch. Go up this and through a big gate -which you should remember to close behind you if you find it shut. Keep going along this track for several miles (take them slowly if your car is on the low side). Watch out for the signs which tell you how far you still have to go.  The track improves in its second half after the Bealach new wooden house.



    After two miles  you will reach another road junction. Read the signs and take the right hand fork back down towards the Loch. Cross a cattle grid and past the sheep fanks into Monachyle Tuarach. Go down the hill and at the bottom take a sharp left hand fork through a gate to Loch Voil Hostel.  You can park your car here. Enter round the front.

    If you prefer you may leave your car at the top of the hill and walk down to the hostel.


    Ceud mìle Faìlte!

    A hundred thousand welcomes!

    Public Transport Directions

    Consult www.traveline.org.uk  0871 200 22 33  to find out the bus times from other parts of Scotland.  

    Most buses come through Stirling and on up to Callander.

    Stirling can be reached by bus or train from all parts of Scotland.


    Study the bus timetables and look for the ‘through’ buses. These will be bound for Oban, Fort William or Killin/Crianlarich and will be able to drop you off at the request bus-stop at the KING’S HOUSE HOTEL, BALQUHIDDER ROAD END


     In summer there is a direct  CITYLINK bus to Oban or Fort William from Edinburgh which will stop at the KING’S HOUSE HOTEL, BALQUHIDDER ROAD END.


    Let us know by your mobile once you have arrived here so we will know when to expect you.


    Once you are at the King’s House Hotel, Balquhidder you can use the local subsidised TAXI service run by Helen and George from Lochearnhead. This will bring you up the glen as far as Loch Voil Hostel.  Phone Helen or George on 01567-830-388 or 07554-195446 to book ahead.   Or try Graham on 0787- 637 5982 or 01877-384768.


    You should do this BEFORE you get on the bus leaving Edinburgh as they may have other commitments.

    If they don’t answer just be patient and keep trying they may be out on a run – especially around school bus times.


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    Access to Public Areas

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds), or access by ramp, lift or stair lift
      • from the entrance to reception
      • to a public toilet
      • to one or more bedrooms
      • to the lounge

    Building Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance
      • Handrail by the ramp


    • Designated parking provided for guests with disabilities
    • Route from the parking area to the entrance is :
      • flat, (i.e. without steps)
      • with a ramp
    • Drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance

    Bedrooms and Bathrooms: General

    • There are separate shower units:
      • fitted with support handrails
    • Bedrooms with no fitted carpets available
    • Bedrooms with non-allergic bedding available (e.g. non-feather pillows)
    • WCs in bathrooms fitted with handrails available
    • Bedroom furniture can be re-arranged if requested by the guest

    General Questions

    • Non-smoking policy throughout establishment

    Restaurant / Breakfast / Dining Room

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to the restaurant/breakfast/dining-room

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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