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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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 …


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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 …


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SIH 2020 Activities

02/11/2020 13:00


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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.


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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, …


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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 …


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WANTED: Hostel-Loving Owner

22/01/2020 11:40

It is with great sadness that we have come to the decision to sell our beloved hostel here in the beautiful loch-side town of Inveraray, Scotland.
We are looking for a new hostel-loving owner to come and breath a new lease of life into this community project we have started.
Inveraray Hostel is located in the historic loch-side town of …


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Goodbye Abernethy Bunkhouses, we'll miss you!

18/01/2020 16:11

This week, Abernethy Bunkhouses said goodbye to their last guests, marking the end of an era.
Not only has the hostel been home to many happy groups over the years, Patricia and Richard have been a huge part of Scottish Independent Hostels, giving up their time to promote hosteling across Scotland.

You'll be sadly missed by everyone at …


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SIH Guide to a Hair-Raising Hogmanay

30/12/2019 12:00

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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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 …