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. 


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The story of Kyle of Tongue Hostel & Holiday Park; from Ancient Sewage Systems to High Quality Accommodation

04/12/2019 11:26

In 2014, Stephen, Carol, Richard & Suzanne Mackay purchased Tongue Youth Hostel from the Scottish Youth Hostel Association (SYHA).
The vision
Their vision was to transform the undeveloped but prime land surrounding the Hostel into a thriving, and much needed in the area, campsite & caravan park.
On the banks of picturesque Kyle of …


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News from David & Valery Dean, from The Lazy Duck, Cairngorms

02/12/2019 13:02

Current and former owners of Cairngorms Hostels gathered on Sunday 1st Dec at The Lazy Duck in Nethy Bridge to mark the retirement of David & Valery Dean.
Having built their hostel business and associated camping and eco-accommodation within the now, six acre site, they have decided to hand over the running of the accommodation and …


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Hostel Winners - Scottish Outdoor and Leisure Awards

11/11/2019 15:01

Great to see a couple of our hostel businesses have joined the list of Winners and Highly Recommended for the Scottish Outdoor and Leisure Awards
#SOLA2019 Awards!

Craggan Outdoors, based in Grantown-on-Spey walked away with the accolade of ‘Best Outdoor Adventure Experience’.
Best Outdoor Adventure Experience
Speaking about …


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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Helmsdale

01/11/2019 13:26

Situated on the East Coast, in Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands, Helmsdale is a hidden gem of a harbour town.
Helmsdale Hostel is run by Marie who will provide you with all information you need to make the most out of your stay in Helmsdale.

Salmon FishingThe River Helmsdale has some of the best salmon fishing in the north of …


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Hello Autumn (Part 3) | Top Tips for Scotland’s most Vibrant Season

27/09/2019 18:00

Ballater Hostel, Cairngorms National ParkA great spot in the centre of Ballater, near Balmoral, on the east side of the spectacular Cairngorms National Park.
Fantastic range of activities available throughout the National Park, all with the backdrop of the most colourful scenery.Sample one of Scotland’s most exclusive whiskies at the nearby …


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Hello Autumn (Part 2) | Top Tips for Scotland’s most Vibrant Season

25/09/2019 18:00

Ardenbeg Bunkhouse, Craggan Outdoors, Cairngorms National Park
There is a huge amount of activities available all year round, and there are family discounts and mid-week breaks in the autumn and winter.
Enjoy autumn mountain biking at Glenbeg, with views across to the Cairngorms and Cromdale HillsCraggan Fishery (sneak in before it closes in …


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Hello Autumn (Part 1) | Top Tips for Scotland’s most Vibrant Season

23/09/2019 13:15

The landscape is spectacular. From late September and through to November, enjoy the fiery autumn leaves and bright blue skies.The weather is still mild, but there is a good excuse to get cosy in the cooler evenings.Crowds have thinned leaving you to explore without the queuesSkies can be the bluest of blues and the air is super fresh!Our hostels …


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Highland Games - Our Top Tips for a Great Day Out

01/08/2019 17:52

We’re spoilt for entertainment in August.
Visitors from across the globe flock to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world.
But, there’s plenty of entertainment all over Scotland that gets right to the heart of the Scottish culture.
We’re talking about the Highland Games held all over the country …


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A Very Different Hostel 1916-1918

09/11/2018 12:57

At the Hostel Door, November 2018
Established in 1916 by the Y.M.C.A, alongside others close to field hospitals, at Camiers close to Etaples in northern France, the Brown Hostel
offered, free of charge, crucial support to families visiting wounded soldiers.
The Brown Hostel
My wife’s grandmother, Dorothy Ballantyne, then aged 19, …


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Hostel keepers come in all shapes and sizes

25/04/2018 19:08

In Fond Memory of Tom Jones,
By David Dean
Amongst us, Tom Jones who with his wife Allyson created the quirky state of the art Carr Bridge Bunkhouse and who died last month whilst on holiday in Greece, was a true giant.
Tom's bunkhouse and, in particular, the intimate and all-embracing hospitality for which he and Allyson are renowned …