The Scottish Independent Hostels Blog

Hostelling is so much more than good value accommodation. Read posts from our Hostel members to get an insight into the world of Hostelling. To leave a comment, click on the heading of the post which will take you to the blog. 


Argyll Backpackers Guide to Staying out of Mischief During Lock Down...

12/04/2021 15:44

Pam at Argyll Backpackers, on the shores of Loch Fyne, has been keeping busy over the past year. Read her lock down story...Trying to pre-empt what the future held for the ‘hostelling community’ without losing it’s traditional social/sharing ethos, was like looking into a crystal ball!
I wanted ensure guests would still feel welcome and …


Lock Down with the Little Un, Cairngorms National Park

07/04/2021 09:51

This week we're chatting to Dominique, from Ballater Hostel in the Cairngorms National Park...
We took the opportunity with the extra time on our hands to spend more time with our little’un, Ari, now 2 years old.
Having only learnt to walk shortly after lockdown 1 (in September) we found we weren’t able to do all the “jobs” we had …


Lock-Down Wildlife in Portsoy, the Moray Coast

30/03/2021 15:36

Richard and Debby Thorne are both keen wildlife and bird watchers and have had the chance to get up close and enjoyed the huge variety of species in the Portsoy area during lock down.
Whilst they’re busy getting the Sail Loft hostel ready for reopening, we thought we’d share some extracts from their blog with you…
Now, I’m no …


Lock-Down Walks on Sanday

22/03/2021 17:17

The Orkney Island of Sanday isn't a bad place to spend lock-down.
Paul and Julie, who own and run Ayres Rock Hostel, transformed from converted outbuildings which overlook Ayres Beach.
Sanday is the largest of the North Isles of Orkney and is famous for its sweeping bays with their white un-spoilt sandy beaches.During the various lock-downs, …


Jenny Smith, from Jenny’s Bothy, Corgarff. An Appreciation

21/12/2020 11:27

By David Dean

David Dean tells the story of Jenny Smith, one of the original independent hostel owners.
After a lifetime dedicated to social and ecological causes together with establishing her distinctive, on message hostel, ‘Jenny’s Bothy’, Jenny Smith died in March of this year.
She is buried alongside a grandfather she …


Support Our Hostels

30/11/2020 15:29

This year has been a very challenging one for hostels. Like the rest of the tourist sector, they have been very hard hit by the necessary national and local lockdowns and by the various operating restrictions brought in to fight the spread of COVID-19.

Unfortunately, the very nature of hostels is that they are a sharing environment. Our …


SIH 2020 Activities

02/11/2020 13:00


Biking and Hiking in Perthshire

02/09/2020 12:07

Scotland was made for mountain biking and hiking.
We are truly spoilt with the fantastic range of paths and trails across the country.Last weekend we took a trip to Comrie Croft in Perthshire.
Comrie Croft started life as a hostel and has grown its accommodation, activity and food offering into a mini-resort on the site of a hill.


8 Scottish Secrets for Autumn

20/08/2020 15:30

Explore the wonders of Scotland at one of the most spectacular times of year. From late September and through to November, you can enjoy fiery autumn leaves and bright blue skies.
The weather is still mild, but there is a good excuse to get cosy during the cooler evenings in your hostel.
1. Active AutumnIf you have a taste for adventure, …


Support Our Hostels

27/07/2020 18:28

Staying in a hostel will be a different experience for a while but there will always be a warm welcome.
Reopening our hostels safely means that many of the communal facilities that make a stay in one of our hostels so great are not always available.
We hope you do choose to stay at one of our hostels.
What makes hostels so great
Those …