Hut Hostel

An independent, mountain-hut style hostel sleeping up to 8 people privately, and one of the smallest in Scotland. Perfect for families and small groups.

Prices and Booking

Please use the calendar to book your stay with us. From early 2019, our changeover days will be Mondays & Fridays, allowing you a long weekend break departing on the Monday morning or staying as long as you like on Sunday, a mid-week break, a full week break or longer.

Shorter breaks with variable changeover days, as per our previous letting style, are subject to availability as we make this transition. For any enquiries please email us.

Our Hut Hostel is a built in the classic hostel style, but is let out to private groups only.

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Our prices are based on occupancy, so please book for the right number of guests The maximum capacity is 8 people. To add/remove persons after making the original booking, please email us so we can amend the booking & price for you.

Gift Vouchers available, please ask for details

Min 4 nights at Christmas and New Year – no price hike

Category 2 Access for Wheelchair Users with Assistance

Routinely 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.

Bathroom

DKC-bathroom

Booking Terms

What’s included?

The hut hostel has a fully equipped kitchen catering for eight people with a fridge, oven and gas hobs. We provide all linen and some domestic essentials including cooking oil, tea, coffee, sugar, salt and pepper. Fire-lighting materials are provided including logs for the wood-burning stove and the outside chimenea fire. For families with infants we can offer a high chair, fire guard and travel cot if required.

Maximum occupancy

Please remember that 8 is our absolute maximum occupancy for this small hut-hostel. Aside from the separate bathroom, all living and sleeping areas are open plan. The social spaces inside and under the outside ‘sitooterie’ social are quite adequate, if cosy. Out of respect for guests staying in other huts and the camping ground we cannot accept combination bookings for any group larger than 8.

Kit List

Please bring personal towels. Duvets, covers, pillows and extra rugs are provided. 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.

Safety

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

Dogs

Regrettably visiting dog/s are not possible in the hut on account of the sensitive wildlife in the vicinity. However we can personally recommend a small local kennels, Hilltop Kennels in Dulnain Bridge, offering first class accommodation and individual care at a very reasonable price to enable your pet to get the benefit of the great walks here. 01479 851330

Housekeeping

We take great care in preparing the hut hostel for your arrival. If though you need extra supplies of kitchen or shower room cleaning equipment or utensils for cooking, please do ask us. With such a quirky space in which to live, a little housekeeping from you each day will be worth the effort. We recommend it!  On your departure we greatly appreciate you leaving the hostel and sitooterie much as you found them on arrival. In the event of damage, or a need for much more cleaning time following your visit we reserve the right to make a surcharge to cover the extra costs. The sitooterie wood fire BBQ is very popular. Considerate guests use the woodstocks economically and replace wood cut for them by the previous visitors. Cut logs are stored on the peat barrow. The saw and log splitter are there for your use. Thank you.

Considerate Guests

Please be mindful of the expectations of guests in all accommodations to enjoy the peacefulness of The Lazy Duck.  Regrettably Stags and Hens cannot be accommodated. For everybody’s benefit we ask for a respectful quiet period in and around the hostel between 11pm and 8am.  This allows for outdoor folk off early and young children to get a good night’s sleep. Be assured, Lazy Duck is a non-smoking environment, including out-of-doors, including e-cigarettes.

Wheelchair Users

We can provide a short entrance ramp 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.

Extra Visitors

We are very small here. We try to accommodate your visiting friends who are not staying with us. Out of respect for others who are staying in the huts and on the camping ground it is though essential you discuss with us first.

Personal Belongings

Please accept full responsibility for your own belongings whilst staying at The Lazy Duck.

Hot Tub & Sauna

Lazy Duck’s wood fired hot tub can be booked in advance via email, or by asking a member of the team before 10:00am on the desired booking day. For a one hour private session (between 16:00 and 19:45 each day) it is £10 per person, or £5 for children under the age of 10. Very sorry, we cannot offer the hot tub on New Year’s Eve or Christmas Day.

If more than 4 of you are going in the tub, the price reduces to £7.50 per person. The hot tub has a maximum capacity of 6 people, so if all 8 of you would like to jump in we recommend booking a two hour slot and rotating people in the tub.

You can book a 40 minute private session in the infra-red sauna for the cost of £7.50 for one person or £10 in total for two people. The sauna is available to be booked between the hours of 10:30 – 12:30 & 16:30 – 20:00.

Aromatherapy Massage

We regret to inform you that we cannot offer massage treatments at this time. We aim to have this wonderful experience back on offer soon, hopefully early in 2019.