Interested in running Acheninver Youth Hostel?

Hostel front view

Acheninver (or Achininver) Youth Hostel has been an iconic part of the local landscape for a long time. A former croft house, it became a youth hostel in the 1930’s when hiking and hosteling was the new big thing. Since then people of all ages (some more youthful than others) have stayed here: walked The Rock (the Postman’s Path from Ullapool); climbed the local hills, enjoyed the scenery and made friends. Many have returned and remember the hostel fondly as their introduction to the area – and some have never left!

Happy Hostellers in 1946
Happy Hostellers in 1946

Summer 2015 looks like it will be the hostel’s last in its current form as the Scottish Youth Hostel Association (SYHA) are giving up their lease on the building; it is currently owned by Scottish Wildlife Trust as part of the Ben Mor Estate. At present, the future looks uncertain but we feel there is an opportunity to create a new future for the hostel. The accommodation is basic but the location is stunning and there is currently a shortage of short-stay, budget accommodation in the area.

Nothing is set in stone, and we are discussing various options but would welcome comment or notes of interest from anyone who might be interested in taking over the lease and running the hostel as their own business. It would suit someone one with energy and enthusiasm, and an interest in outdoor activities who would like to develop a business but perhaps does not have the capital to buy a property and start from scratch. It’s not going to make anyone a millionaire but there is the opportunity to increase business through extending the season (the hostel is only open in the summer months) and encouraging group activity bookings, or reducing the dormitory accommodation and offering a slightly more luxurious stay in private rooms. It may also be possible to benefit from SYHA’s advice and ongoing support as an affiliate. All is subject to negotiation and agreement with SYHA, SWT and CCDC.

Accommodation:

Common room with kitchen area, upstairs Dormitory (8 beds), downstairs dormitory (8 beds?), family room (4 beds), warden’s accommodation, showers/toilets, sheds.

Access is by foot along the burn from the car park at Achavraie – there is a rough path but only passable by appropriate vehicle (quad, 4×4). The path continues down the Acheninver burn to the sea where there is a sandy beach.

If you would like to know more and are considering an exciting challenge in one of the most beautiful parts of the world (we have stunning scenery AND a friendly community!) please get in touch. You might even like to come and stay this summer and see for yourself.  Or if you stayed in the past and have happy memories, or would like to make some suggestions for improvement please let us know.

Coigach is part of a National Scenic Area and the North West Highlands Geopark. The hostel overlooks Loch Broom and the Summer Isles and is a 25 mile drive from Ullapool (where the ferry departs for Stornoway and the Western Isles). There is a very rough path from Ullapool round the base of Ben Mor Coigach –  suitable only for experienced and very hardy walkers. Or you could come by small boat or canoe as there is a sandy beach nearby.

Contact: Julia Campbell, Local Development Officer, CCDC

email:      info@coigachcommunity.org.uk

phone:     01854 622 379 (home)

write:      Coigach Community Hall, Achiltibuie, Ullapool IV26 2YL

tweet:    @coigachcdc

facebook:   Coigach Community Development Company

visit: fly/train to Inverness, bus to Ullapool, bus to Achiltibuie – or drive approximately 25 miles north of Ullapool.

From the Album….

Hostel Acheninver Burn

Head Teacher wanted for Achiltibuie Primary School!

Organisation:  Highland Council

  • Location: Ross & Cromarty
  • Salary/Hourly Rate: £43593 – £43593 (and relocation package)
  • Hours: 35
  • Full/Part Time: Full Time
  • Published: 17 August 2012
  • Closing Date: 7 September 2012
  • Ref. No.: HGH002250
  • To apply contact  staffing.recruitmentteaching@highland.gov.uk  or phone Highland Council Education Dept 01349 868660 for details

Post Details

£43,593 per annum plus Remote Allowance £1,248 per annum

The school looks out on to Loch Broom and the Summer Isles and serves the scattered crofting townships of the Coigach peninsula. The school building consists of 2 classrooms, a kitchen, a dining room and a general purpose room. The school roll is currently 21 pupils with 9 pupils in the P1-3 class and 12 pupils in the P4-7 class. The local community is very supportive of the school and relationships between pupils, teachers, parents and the community at large are very positive.

Job Description and Person Specification are available with application pack. Application forms from the: Education, Culture & Sport Service, Staffing Unit Dingwall Centre Jubilee Park Road Dingwall IV15 9QZ Tel No. 01349 868660 (24 hour telephone answering service) If you wish to send your completed Application Form by email, please forward to:-staffing.recruitmentteaching@highland.gov.uk Applications from Gaelic Speakers are encouraged. Prior to confirming appointment, we will undertake an enhanced criminal records check through Disclosure Scotland. The council has a comprehensive relocation package which maybe available to the successful candidate.

(Above information from Highland Council )

Head Teacher
10 mins from the classroom..

A fantastic opportunity awaits at our great wee school for someone with enthusiasm and an adventurous spirit. What teacher wouldn’t like life in a beautiful environment with a bunch of  bright, happy, confident kids who are keen to learn?  Great HMI reports, great track record  (one ex pupil got top marks in the Highlands with 6 A’s in her Highers earlier this month) and there’s lots of music, interest in history and the world around.  And with fab home-cooked school dinners, supportive parents, loads of community spirit, there is much fun to be had here. Bring your kayak, your wellies and your imagination.

Check out Achiltibuie Appreciation Society on facebook, come visit and see for yourself www.coigach.com (Achiltibuie Tourist Association)  or email coigachldo@hotmail.co.uk if you want any info about Achiltibuie (we can also put you in touch with other local folk with useful information) .  And of course www.highland.gov.uk/…/achiltibuieprimaryschool.htm