Fresh, Colourful & Snug.

An independent, mountain-hut style hostel sleeping up to 8 people, and one of the smallest in Scotland.

Category 2 Access for Wheelchair Users with Assistance.

Annually inspected and graded by VisitScotland to ensure wheelchair access to and within the accommodation.

The Details

We can provide a short entrance ramp if required and a self-wheeling shower chair on request. There are horizontal handrails at the side of both the shower and the toilet, as shown. Wheelchair turning space is provided in the shower room, kitchen and bunk room. One lower bunk offers lateral transfer without obstruction. The family summerhouse, with its accessible deck overlooking the pond, can usually be made available to wheelchair users on request.




Sunday to Thursday


Friday and Saturday

Book 6 places (8 at weekends) for a private booking 2 nights minimum for private use.

If booking for TODAY, please telephone.

10% Green Discount – for those travelling on foot or by bicycle.

10% discount for bookings of 7 nights or longer, private or shared

Sorry, we offer only one discount per booking, – but always the one of greater value.

Booking Terms

Maximum occupancy

We’re very small, so to avoid disappointment please be sure to book in advance, otherwise we may not be able to fit you in.  Please remember that 6 is our maximum occupancy when different parties share and 8 is our maximum for a private party booking. Also, because the hostel, the camping ground, and both huts are quite separate from each other and are all designed for small numbers, we regret that in the interest of everybody’s comfort we are unable to have visitors ‘book out the whole accommodation’.

Deposits and Cancellation Policy

A non-returnable booking deposit covering 50% of the cost of your stay, or the full amount due for a single night, will guarantee your booking.  If you have to cancel we will refund your deposit only if we are able to re-let your booking in full, so please let us know straightaway so that we can advertise any cancellation immediately.  Sorry, we cannot offer to transfer a deposit to an alternative date once a booking has been confirmed.

Arriving & Leaving

You can arrive any time between 4pm and 9pm.   For private parties it will be helpful if you can please text Juan Carlos (JC) when you are about 30mins off (07505636136) Checking out can be any time up to 10am.

Kit List

Please bring personal towels. Sheet sleeping bags and pillow cases are provided and no personal sleeping bags should be brought into the hostel. Some charcoal (and marshmallows?) for a BBQ and perhaps fire-lighters, – but no coal or equivalents please. A torch may be useful except perhaps in high summer.


We recommend that children under 5 years old do not use the ship’s ladder to the gallery and should sleep downstairs If you bring a toddler we can provide a fire guard for the wood stove Please do not approach the pond or wander amongst the ducks, – do though enjoy the Welcoming Seat overlooking the pond


We regret that with wandering waterfowl on the loose we are unable to accommodate even the most wonderful visiting dogs


With your help and for everyone’s comfort we service the hostel each day.  Please look out for the details of how we ask you to assist. These will be found in our Welcome Notes on display in the hostel.
We leave the sleeping areas entirely to you, but please remember to use the sheet liners and pillow cases provided.
In the event of damage, or a need for much more cleaning time during or following your visit we reserve the right to make a surcharge to cover the extra costs.On your departure please leave the hostel much as you found it on arrival.

Considerate Guests

Please be mindful of the expectations of guests in all accommodations to enjoy the peacefulness of The Lazy Duck.  You will understand therefore that Stags and Hens cannot be accommodated. Be assured, Lazy Duck is a non-smoking environment, including out-of-doors.

Extra Visitors

We are very small here. Visitors from outside may be possible but please discuss with us first. Such a visit may be possible providing we feel happy there is no danger of overcrowding other guests staying in the hostel, two huts and camping ground.

Sauna & Hot Tub

Use of these can be arranged once you are here, subject to availability and a charge will be made to cover costs.

Personal belongings

Please accept full responsibility for your own belongings whilst staying at The Lazy Duck. We don’t provide keys or lockers so feel free to ask us to safeguard valuables in the house or cottage when you go out, – or take them with you.

Making a Reservation

  • CHEQUE – Payable to ‘David and Valery Dean’ with ‘LDH’ and YOUR DATES on reverse please. Post to The Lazy Duck, Nethy Bridge, Inverness-shire PH25 3ED’.
  • CARD – On receipt of our PayPal invoice sent to your e-mail (sorry not hotmail) address. 3% added to share the cost of this service.
  • BANK TRANSFER – Sort Code 83-22-19 Account 00110378 with ‘LDH’ and YOUR SURNAME as our reference.
The remaining balance is due on arrival please, by cheque or cash only as we cannot process cards in the hand unfortunately. VAT No. 195 0533 03

Say Hello

The next step is for us to talk by e-mail via the form below. If you ring us on 01479 821092 we may well be out and about. So unless you are booking for TODAY it is better by far to submit this form. Thank you for your consideration.

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