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UPFRONT Loch Lomond


NEW FERRY LINK


Easier than ever to visit Rowardennan


Cruise Loch Lomond will introduce a new ferry route from Tarbet to Rowardennan in April this year, making it even easier to visit SYHA Hostelling Scotland’s iconic Youth Hostel on the banks of Loch Lomond. Te ferry offers the opportunity to get to the Youth Hostel on the eastern shore from


either Tarbet or Luss. Rowardennan Youth Hostel is the ideal location for walks in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and is the starting point for hiking up Ben Lomond. Why not try a stretch of the West Highland Way walking north to Inversnaid or south to Balmaha, with ferry links returning you to Rowardennan late afternoon. An SYHA spokesperson said: “Tis


is a welcome link to the hostel which has an unrivalled location on the banks of Loch Lomond. ”


Rowardennan Youth Hostel provides


breathtaking views from the lounge and is set in the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. It is also a welcome stop-off point


for people walking the West Highland Way before they attempt the next 20 miles to the SYHA Youth Hostel in Crianlarich.


For more information on ferry times and prices, visit www.cruiseloch lomond.co.uk


Uig Youth Hostel


REASONS TO JOIN MEMBER


BENEFITS First and foremost, being a member of SYHA Hostelling Scotland gives you access to all of our Youth Hostels in Scotland, and more than 4,000 hostels in 60 other countries around the world. Our adult individual membership


NEW BREAKFAST OFFERS


A good start for a day out at Uig hostel!


In 2012 our Uig Youth Hostel will help you to a hassle-free start to the day by offering breakfast, already set up for you in the morning. Our options available are: ● Wee Breakfast - tea and coffee, juice, variety of cereals and milk, rolls/croissants, butter, jam, yoghurt and apples. ● For pre-booked groups of eight or more, we also offer a Continental Breakfast - as above but with additional cheese and ham. Breakfast options are also available at our other Skye hostels in Glenbrittle and Broadford.


Hosteller SCOTTISH


Te Scottish Hosteller 7 Glebe Crescent, Stirling FK8 2JA Telephone: 01786 891 400 Email: hosteller@syha.org.uk Editor: Roanna Laverty Commissioning Editor: Wendy Grindle


CONTRIBUTORS: John Martin, Mr Yamaura, Wendy Grindle, Lisa Barrie, Markus Stitz, Sho Sho Smith, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Lindsays Solicitors, Cairngorms National Park, NTS, Scottish Natural Heritage and Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve, Mat Webster, Lorna Padden, Judith Roxburgh, Jane Overton, James Cuthbertson, Marie Dougan, Paul


costs just £10 per year (students and juniors get free membership), making it great value whether you are travelling at home or abroad. Non-members pay an additional cost each night for temporary membership, but full members pay only the published prices. Other benefits of membership: ● A free copy of Hosteller magazine once a year ● Quarterly email newsletter ● Support a charity – SYHA Hostelling Scotland would not exist without the support of its members. As a member, you can get discounts


with a range of local and national companies – including Citylink buses,


Goldfinch, Fiona Rattray, Eddie Jones, Catriona MacDonald, Kent Robertson, volunteers Sophia, Johanna and Uma.


PHOTOGRAPHY: John Martin, Mr Yamaura, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Cairngorms National Park, NTS, Scottish Natural Heritage and Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve.


Scottish Youth Hostels Association (also known as SYHA or Hostelling Scotland) is a registered Scottish charity, No. SC013138 and a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland, No, SG310841. Registered office: 7 Glebe Crescent, Stilring, FK8 2JA


Arnold Clark car rental, Mountain Warehouse and Go Ape! – by showing your membership card. As a registered charity, we


rely on the support of our members. By staying in our network, you are helping to ensure the survival of remote and rustic hostels in some of the most beautiful parts of the country. A number of Members’ Groups have been set up to enable hostellers to pursue common interests such as walking, mountaineering, wildlife-watching or photography. As a member, you can choose to get


more involved with the direction of SYHA Hostelling Scotland, by voting for Council and Board members, or by standing for election yourself. And of course, we always welcome volunteers who want to make a more direct contribution by helping to maintain, develop and run our Youth Hostels.


Please see the membership flyer on page 03 for more information.


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