Glencoe Outdoor Centre Hostel

The Glencoe Outdoor Centre is a registered charity that normally hosts school groups from all over the UK, often with highly subsidised fees, in order to allow those from all walks of life to experience the majesty and natural beauty of the Scottish highlands as well as the numerous outdoor pursuits available within the area.

In August, while the outdoor centre itself is closed for its annual team holidays, we re-open as a pop-up backpackers hostel in order to raise funds for the organisation.

I'm Sam, 32 year old son of the directors, and I run the hostel on their behalf with the help of my partner, Gaja. We're looking for kind mountain loving people who wanna come hang out and trade their food and accommodation for some cleaning shifts. We've space for 4/5 volunteers - its bunkbeds and access to shared bathrooms. If there's two of you you can have a room to yourselves, solo cats will have to share. All (vegetarian) meals provided, you will be expected to cook a simple dinner for each other once per week. We've two cute wee cats, a gorgeous river in the back garden for swimming, and the mountains are just outside the door.. The enthusiasm to explore the surrounding nature is an essential requirement! PS: Please forgive the terrible reply rate. I do reply, but not always within 3 days.


Reviews

4.5
(7 reviews)7

Staff & Host

4.5

Hours & Tasks

4.5

Hostel

5.0

Learning & Fun

4.5

Brazil

5

This place is peaceful and fun at the same time. It's a beautiful immersion in Scottish nature.😍
I loved being with you, it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever been! I was there in August and the weather was pleasant, the hostel is super comfortable and has a super equipped kitchen for volunteers.
The managers are lovely and always on hand for our needs.
I loved every day I was there, I hope to return soon! I recommend it 100%. It was an honor to be with you, thank you!✅️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

11 months ago

France

2

Glencoe is great, really beautiful! We got along with the whole team, with the guests, with Gaïa. Good atmosphere since we arrived. Hours and tasks are fair.
We were supposed to stay 1 month. After 10 days, Sam told us we failed the "probation" period. I asked him what was the reason for his decision, he had no explanation, he just said, I quote : "The work was perfect, it's not about the work, I can't explain it in words, I see the world in vibrations". I still do not understand. Make sure you have saving before coming so you can book a camping spot or a room somewhere just in case!

11 months ago


Samuel replied

They agreed to come for 2 weeks with the hope of extending it to the full month. They were well informed in advance and reminded upon arrival that two weeks was the minimum commitment and we'd talk after a week. Their work, fake quotes aside, was far from perfect, though it was ok, but we didn't so much enjoy how they interacted with our space/us and we decided to stick with the minimum two weeks. Afterwards came a strop, a pity parade, and a weird attempt to distort reality, which has unsurprisingly continued into this review, but we have and never will agree to taking anyone for more than two weeks before knowing them. Bon chance et bon courage.

Mexico

5

This was my first experience, and it was amazing.
Sam helped me a lot through the process, and Gaja is incredible, I felt very connected.
The work is not difficult and you have all the time to explore the surroundings.
Glencoe is a place very small. If you are looking for something away from the city and to be able to connect with nature, I recommend it 100%.
I made many new friends, saw beautiful landscapes and I had a great time. I hope to come back soon!

11 months ago


Samuel replied

I was too slow to leave Samantha a proper review, but she definitely deserves 5/5! Fantastic worker, wonderful energy, mature with a joyous youthful energy. Every time I asked how the volunteers are getting on I heard 'Samantha is amazing'. We were blessed to have to her with us! You're most welcome back anytime pal!

Australia

5

My experience with Glencoe outdoor centre was better than I ever could have imagined. Upon arriving everyone, including the staff and other volunteers were so kind and welcoming. The work was pretty basic but never lasted long and was fun because we all did it together. Food was incredibly well catered, we did lots of cooking together and the food was always amazing quality. One of the things I loved most about this stay was the location, there are plenty of hikes, lakes and swimmable rivers, one of which runs against the property. I genuinely was blown away how lucky I got with this host.

almost 2 years ago

Poland

5

Cold river baths, nights next to the fireplace, great people, a lot of board games and loads of hiking. I couldn’t have imagined better first volunteering place. We got clear instructions about cleaning and the work was taking us about 3/4h a day. Everything as we agreed. If my English would’ve been better I would describe Sam with some amazing epithets because this guy is something! I enjoyed all the conversations and curiosities he shared with me and even though I was asking him many times to repeat what he said (because my English is poor) he didn’t give up. Thank you for that pal :)

almost 2 years ago


Perfect for you if you're looking for

Contact with nature

Rural

Spiritual

Mountain

Wilderness

Waterfall