Right at the heart of the action, an exquisite eco hostel for family or friends in the Cairngorms National Park.

“We stayed in the Lookout eco hostel while filming virtual tours for Phil and Sarah. In the time spent on site, we fell in love with our beautiful, comfortable hostel and everything about the Lazy Duck from the curious chickens to cheeky ducks and views over to the Cairngorms Mountains. We hope you enjoy our virtual tours of each hut and to come back for a holiday next time.” Alberto and Alicia (Here the Planet), Madrid, March 2020.

The family friendly Lookout has a mountain hut feel, with exposed pine beams and bespoke Elm furnishing. Cozy up with a book or game on the Banquette. Relax in the fireside armchair or enjoy the outdoors on your porch and quirky sit-ooterie with forest views. Space for a travel cot.

Please bear in mind Lazy Duck is a peaceful, shared haven whose anchor is deeply set in well being. When onsite please be aware of your fellow guests and our commitment to Lazy Duck being the home of slow living for all: young and old, peaceful and adventurous.

To unwind and relax a little more, book a private session in our wood fired hot tub or infra-red sauna or massage and yoga treatment in our well being studio. Please pre-book or get in touch with us for more information.

Prices. Please note prices are updated at 1st April for the following year.

Long w/end break (Fri-Mon) 2 adults: £378    & 2 children: £438 | 2 adults: £498

Mid-week break (Mon-Fri) 2 adults: £504        & 2 children: £584 | 2 adults: £664

Full week (Mon-Mon/Fri-Fri) 2 adults: £882      & 2 children: £1,022 | 2 adult: £1,162

Children aged 3 & under stay for free.

Check out 10am – Check in 4-9pm

Facilities & Features

• High Double Bed • Full Size Bunk Beds • Larder Essentials
• Banquette and Travel Cot Space • Large Porch Area & Sit-Ooterie • Wood Burning Stove
• Unlimited Firewood • Porch Chiminea • Gas Cooker / Full Sized Fridge
• Bush Shower • All Linen and Towels • Compost Loo
• Radio, Games and Books • Elm Featured Open Plan Living • Massage / Yoga / Hot Tub / Sauna
• Off-Grid with limited WiFi & Electricity • Central Location  

Packing Tips: Head torch and sturdy waterproof footwear and easy to carry luggage are all useful.

Need to Know

The Lookout Bunkhouse off grid hostel is self-catering however we can provide you with a Lazy Breakfast Hamper consisting of home baked bread, eggs from our hens , homemade granola, local jams and butter. From mid-summer onwards enjoy salads and vegetables from our garden. Our hampers can be pre-booked or arranged before you arrive.

We ask that lit chimeneas and cooking stoves are never left unattended. Please don’t approach the pond or wander amongst the ducks, but please watch them from the bench overlooking the water. Children are welcome to help at morning duck feeding time.

The Lazy Duck is a peaceful place. Please be mindful of this when you are enjoying the swings and hammock and around the chimenea fires. For everybody’s benefit we ask for a respectful quiet period between 11pm and 8am. Lazy Duck is a non-smoking environment.

Regrettably visiting pets are not possible on account of the sensitive wildlife in the vicinity.

Hut check-in sheet

Route Map for local walks

Breakfast Hamper