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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Highland Games - Our Top Tips for a Great Day Out

01/08/2019 09:52

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 04:57

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 11:08

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 …


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Five reasons why we ♡ skiing in Scotland

17/01/2018 06:38

It's a challenge, it's an adventure and it's a thrill to put skis on real snow in the UK.
Yes, it's unpredictable, but when your luck is in, there's no better feeling.
1. Choose from 5 resorts
From Glencoe and Nevis Range on the west coast, through to Cairngorm Mountain above Aviemore, and Glenshee and The Lecht in the east.
Cairngorm …


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SIH Guide to a Hair-Raising Hogmanay

13/12/2017 04:30

Hogmanay is the winter festival where Scotland comes into its own.
It’s so much more than a New Year celebration, it’s a very big deal in Scotland.
Take Edinburgh.
This historic city celebrates Hogmanay with a three-day festival, starting with a torchlight procession on 30th December lead by real Vikings (or as near as) from the …


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We ♡ winter hostelling...

15/11/2017 03:08

Yes, Scotland in the summer is beautiful, you know that, we’re here to tell you all about Scotland’s winter wonderland.
Winter should be cold, and we mean the type of cold that makes your lungs double take, that makes the scenery about you glisten with frost, not a
mild, half-hearted chill that doesn’t require more than two layers.<…


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At the Hostel Door, July 2017

21/08/2017 07:41

What for me singles out the independent hostel fraternity from any other provision for hostellers is the owners' freedom to innovate.
There is the dreamer in most of us but just how many can say they have had either the opportunity or courage to take that dream to the next stage?
Look carefully at each of Scotland's independent hostels and …


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Sail Loft Bunkhouse opened by Prince Charles

28/06/2017 02:43

After a four year intensive effort by Portsoy Community Enterprise and the North East Scotland Preservation Trust, Sail Loft Bunkhouse was officially opened by Charles, Duke of Rothesay on Tuesday on Tuesday, 13th June.
Photos of Prince Charles by Allan Robertson; photos of Sail Loft Hostel by David Dean
Portsoy and district turned out in …


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At the Hostel Door March, 2017

31/03/2017 06:37

So, it's the Spring Equinox and of course there are snow showers down here and on the high hills above.
Edinburgh's crocus displays around The Meadows were
heralding the change in season over a month ago.
With us they have just come into bloom with early daffodils to follow.
Geese are leaving and the last flock of waxwings …


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SIH Outdoor Activities by Robin McKelvie

09/01/2017 05:27

Living in the UK and thinking of jetting off abroad in search of wild adventure in the likes of Switzerland or New Zealand? Or maybe you’re an adrenaline junkie outside the UK and think Scotland is only good for a sleepy meander around our castles and distilleries? Well I’ve got a wake up call for you if you fall in to either camp. Scotland …