Arrival & Departure Times:
The main constraint on this is cleaning. In general we say in after and out before mid-day. But we can be flexible if there are no guests arriving after you. In any event we need to be able to get in to clean the bedrooms after 10 am on the day you leave.
On reaching Kirriemuir, follow the signs for Glen Prosen & Cairngorms National Park (ignore signs to Glenisla). These take you out on the B955 to Dykehead.
At Dykehead the main road bears right, you fork left. there is a brown tourist sign to Prosen Hostel. Carry on for 7 miles to Glenprosen village. The public road ends at a red telephone kiosk in the village, here you turn acute right, with a large yellow house on your right, and head up a tarmacked track. You will find the hostel after about 150m (once the tarmac gives out) and there is a large car park outside the gates to the hostel. Check out the map
Another benefit from the log burning boiler is that the boiler room (in a shed opposite the main entrance) is also an excellent drying room.
The hostel is not manned. So it is essential that you get the door code from us once you have booked. If for some reason it has not come through before your visit, please email or phone for it.
All beds are made up with sheets duvets & pillows. All you need bring is towels.
If you are taking the whole hostel, well behaved dogs are welcome in the living area but not on carpeted areas (dirty paws!) so long as you keep them off the furniture
If you are not taking the whole hostel then it is up to fellow guests, as some may fear or be allergic to dogs.. If in doubt please keep your dog out of the hostel & in your car.
Shopping & Eating:
The nearest shops are Kirriemuir, 8 miles away, or Forfar 10 miles
The Drovers Inn Memus is the closest restaurant; Clova Hotel (30 minutes away) serve good pub grub.
This is by satellite & very slow (& expensive). The wi-fi is open, but please do not try streaming or uploading photos etc as it is limited to 5gb per month and will stop altogether, if not for you, for the next guests .
Also by satellite. Freeview, so plenty of channels
The nearest mobile reception is at Buckhood, on the main road 2 miles down the glen, though there is the occasional freak spot in the middle of a field.
There is a payphone in the hostel it’s number is 01575 540456
There is a secure rack to which you can lock 2 cycles in the open fronted shed to the rear (the old boys’ cycle store when the building was a school).
There is a woodburning stove in the living area (in addition to full central heating). A basket of logs is provided, and more are available at cost for those staying longer.
The metal raised firepit is in the back yard to the rear. Please do not use the cut logs on the firepit, you are welcome to collect any dead wood (& there is plenty) that you find lying around.
There is a very large (1/2 oil drum) barbecue.
We ask that you do not start a bonfire on the tarmac of the yard as it destroys it. But there are sites nearby suitable for a bonfire if you wish.
This is only 100m below the hostel and may be available for parties. The current rate is £80 for a day.
There can be heavy snow any time from November to May. In recent years there has been very little.
We reckon that the snow plough service in Glenprosen is about the best in Scotland; it’s done by a local farmer with a Council plough blade & gritter. He clears the road from Dykehead to Prosen Village. We have our own Unimog and blade for the last 100m up to the hotel, but there are times that you may have to leave vehicles by Prosen Kirk (500m away) and walk. I think this has been 4 occasions in the last ten years!