Achinver Hostel: User Survey

I’ve never stayed in this hostel, but received a short survey. It may be of interest to you:

I’m writing to you as an established Hill walking/Climbing Group that might be interested in short stay hostel accommodation in the North West Scottish Highlands.

My partner, Ruth Bradley, and myself, have applied to the Scottish Wildlife Trust to become the new tenants at Acheninver Hostel in Achiltibuie (north west of Ullapool).  The SYHA have relinquished their lease and the SWT have decided, after much deliberation, not to sell the building but to find folk willing to keep it open as a community amenity.  We are full time residents in Achiltibuie and are very keen to see the hostel become a vibrant visitor hub, facilitating access to the Ben Mor Coigach Reserve, the Summer Isles and the North West Geopark.

There are many hill routes in the area, within easy access from the hostel including Ben Mor Coigach, Stac Pollaidh and Suilven. There is also the heritage coastal route of the Postmans Path a 10km mountain path that runs from Strathcanaird to the Hostel.

The business plan we’ve developed aims to increase the proportion of group and exclusive use bookings at the hostel.   The hostel has two 8 bed dorms, one 4 bed dorm and one double/twin room.  We will offer provisioning, catering, and logistic support for groups to make the hostel viable as a base for adventure/exploration/education.

We need to demonstrate that there is a market out there for a small, remote, walk-in, rustic hostel in a breathtakingly wild and beautiful location. The hostel has been in use for 78 years and would be a great loss to the area if it were to close.

Please click on the link below to answer a 2 minute survey on the future of an iconic rural hostel.

Best of wishes,

Iain Simpson

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