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. 


Scotland Digs 2021

18/08/2021 13:17

Scotland is shining a spotlight on its world-class archaeology this summer with Scotland Digs 2021. Now in its third year, the campaign coordinated by Dig It! is bringing together live updates and free/low-cost events for members of the public all summer.
If you would like to try something a bit different on your next visit, have a look at some …


Escape to The Great Glen

28/07/2021 16:18

The Great Glen follows 80 miles of lochs and rivers from Glencoe and Fort William in the south to Inverness in the north.
High Mountains and Deep LochsIt's the perfect area to get away from it all and enjoy the fantastic scenery, walks, cycles and water of the Scottish Highlands. The area is home to some of the UK’s highest mountains and …


Hostels are Open - Everything you need to know

11/05/2021 14:30

We are so pleased to be able to share the beautiful locations our hostellers call home with you again. It has been a long, frustrating time for the hostels and they couldn't be more pleased to be welcoming guests again.Now is the time to escape from your sofa and have an adventure. Our hostels are in beautiful locations, run by locals who'd love …


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