Rowardennan Youth Hostel celebrates waterbus launch

SYHA Hostelling Scotland and Cruise Loch Lomond held a special event on Friday (24th August) to celebrate the launch of an innovative new service to reach Rowardennan Youth Hostel, by Waterbus.

Guests were treated to a cruise across Loch Lomond, courtesy of Cruise Loch Lomond, from Tarbet to Rowardennan Youth Hostel, followed by a light lunch and presentation in the hostel grounds.

Schoolchildren from Glasgow and a local school joined the celebrations and took part in an outdoor workshop, led by a Ranger from the National Trust for Scotland (NTS). During a ramble around the area, the children were introduced to the environment at the foot of Ben Lomond and collected rushes. They took their rushes back to the Youth Hostel, which is situated in the heart of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park – and for some of the children, this was their first visit to the Park.

The Ranger showed the youngsters how to make a rush rope, and they tested their strength and the strength of the rope with a tug of war at the end of the day. They also made friendship bracelets and woodland crowns, which they took home as souvenirs of a very special day.

Keith Legge, CEO, SYHA Hostelling Scotland, said: “It is a pleasure to be working with Cruise Loch Lomond on this fantastic project. The Loch is the heart of the Park. We are delighted to offer guests this new Waterbus service, which will enable them to experience all that Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park has to offer.

“Non-formal education through outdoor learning and environmental issues are central to our ethos and SYHA’s future plans include the development of Rowardennan Youth Hostel as a facility for young people and educational groups.”

Stuart Cordner, Cruise Loch Lomond, said: “It is a breath of fresh air to be working with SYHA – this partnership provides so many possibilities for enabling visitors to experience the best of the Loch and the Park. We intend to add cycle hire to our services soon and this will offer further opportunity for individuals, families and groups to explore the area using eco-friendly transport.”

Fiona Logan, CEO, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, said:  “The Waterbus service continues to go from strength to strength with over 11,000 arriving by Waterbus last summer in over 12 destinations around Loch Lomond.  We’re delighted to see the Youth Hostel being added to these destinations as it provides a great facility for young visitors and an exciting way to get there.”

Fraser McKechnie, Ben Lomond Seasonal Ranger, National Trust for Scotland (NTS), said: “The children had a wonderful time learning about Ben Lomond through hands-on activities. It’s great to have this new public transport link enabling access to the slopes of Ben Lomond, and for people to visit the Youth Hostel and NTS Ardess Hidden History Trail.”

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Notes to Editors

SYHA is an 81 year old charity which provides youth hostelling accommodation for the education, health and wellbeing of people in Scotland and beyond.

SYHA currently has a network of around 65 Youth Hostels, including 25 independently-run affiliate hostels.

As a not-for-profit organisation, any income generated from the provision of youth hostelling is invested back into the network of Youth Hostels in Scotland.

SYHA is open to all and offers free membership to young people under the age of 16 along with those in full time education.

We are part of the Hostelling International Network which offers affordable and accessible opportunities to visit locations in 80 countries across the world.

SYHA hosts on average 500,000 guests annually bringing people to Scotland from all over the world.

VisitScotland estimates that SYHA contributes over £24million pa to the local tourism economy.

The charity’s Youth Hostels serve most of the country’s most desirable destinations, from key urban locations to breath-taking rural areas, including some of Scotland’s most remote, and enticing, beauty spots.

SYHA Hostelling Scotland is part of the VisitScotland Hostel Quality Assurance Scheme and the largest participant in the Green Tourism Business Scheme in Scotland.

Contact: Roanna Laverty
Phone: 07759299478