Saddle Mountain Hostel, created in 2015, is owned and run by Gregor (Greg) Barclay and Helen Cunningham.
Greg comes from Aberdeen in the north of Scotland. He has lived and worked in Scotland all his life, but has always preferred holidays to the work part. Greg used to be a solicitor. But now he is a part-time barista.
Helen was born in London to Irish parents. Her love of the outdoors was triggered by a placemat of Glencoe (ask her and she will tell you the story). She began her journey north in the 1980s, studying map-making in Newcastle, and finally reached Scotland in 1993.
When we met we found we shared a love of travelling. Our wanderlust has taken us all over the world to some amazing places and given us some unforgettable memories.
We are passionate about the outdoors and both enjoy going up hills on foot and on two wheels. We have been exploring the Highlands for many years.
We’ve also travelled extensively in Europe, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand, walking many of the GR long distance trekking routes in Europe. We still indulge our love of backpacking and adventure when the hostel is closed.
On our travels we’ve stayed in a lot of hostels and mountain refuges. Our aim is to make Saddle Mountain Hostel the sort of place we would want to stay in ourselves.