Media Release: Celtic songs and story-telling at beautiful Loch Ossian Youth Hostel

SYHA Hostelling Scotland have put together a charming weekend of Celtic story-telling and songs, focussing on the Ossian legend, with professional story-tellers, Essie Stewart and Claire Hewitt, in the beautiful setting of Loch Ossian Youth Hostel, from 28 – 30 September 2012.

The legendary figure of Ossian was a bard – an inspirational poet, singer and artist, and this weekend is an opportunity to enjoy these stories beside Loch Ossian, with quiet reflective time, creating your own stories and maps using journals or painting or taking walks.

SYHA Hostelling Scotland’s traditionally-styled Eco-Hostel on Rannoch Moor is perfectly located to explore this remote wilderness and is ideal walking country with plenty of low and high level routes.

For that away from it all feel access to the hostel is by foot only, although Britain’s most remote train station, Corrour is only one mile away on the Glasgow to Fort William line.

The featured story-tellers on the weekend are Essie Stewart – who is a Gaelic story-teller with a strong grounding in Gaelic and traveller tradition –  and Claire Hewitt – who has always looked to travelling and tribal people of the earth for inspiration, and it is their tales, myths, and legends she tells, interwoven with song and music from her Celtic harp, drums, cow horns, singing bowls and bells.

Prices for the weekend are £99.00 per person, which includes dormitory accommodation, story walks, and evening stories and songs round the fire.

For more information and bookings contact Jan on 01397 732207 or e-mail


Note to Editors:

SYHA is an 80 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 is the largest budget accommodation provider in Scotland.

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

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

SYHA Hostelling Scotland has a network of 71 hostels throughout Scotland, including 25 affiliate hostels.

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.

The charity listens to members’ and customer’s feedback and in response to the evolving market, now provides many more single, twin and family rooms with en-suite facilities, in addition to traditional multi-occupancy accommodation.

Affordable travel is part of the founding ethos of SYHA, and this stands today, with an average nightly cost of only £16 for dormitory accommodation or £20 per person in a private room.

Recent figures suggest hostelling is proving popular for the ‘staycation’ market. In 2010, 33 per cent of overnight guests were Scottish, 27 per cent British and Irish, 29 per cent European and 11 per cent other international visitors.

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

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Contact: Roanna Laverty
Phone: 01786 891400