Comrie Croft, Perthshire

Comrie Croft, Perthshire

Families Hostelling: fun and affordable

There are excellent facilities for families in the majority of our Hostels. Hostelling is a fun and affordable way to have a holiday and enjoy the great Scottish outdoors.  Here is a small selection of some of our family friendly hostels; use our accommodation search button to find a family -friendly hostel in an area that suits you.

The Glebe Barn, Isle of Eigg, Inner Hebrides

The Glebe Barn offers a warm welcome to families ready to explore the magical Isle of Eigg and offers discounts for under 16’s/under 5’s go free.  Complete with high chair, cot and a plethora of entertainment including table football, board games, books and jigsaws for all ages you needn’t worry about rainy days.   An new kids club ‘Mini Eiggs’ also starts this summer offering an amazing range of activities for kids of 4-12yrs old.

Eigg itself is a child’s paradise offering beaches, creature-full rock pools, woodland witch-haunted paths, fairy rivers and rugged hills.  Bike hire is available, as well as archery lessons, day trip sailing excursions, ceilidh dance lessons, felt making classes, willow weaving workshops and more.  Regular music sessions and traditional summer ceilidhs all add to the island family experience.  If you are looking to book the whole building for large groups a discounted rate is available for 7+ night stays.  Please contact Tamsin or Stuart to find out more

Cullen Harbour Hostel, Buckie, Moray Firth

Hostel owner Ruth Hyde is well aware of the needs of families, having brought up four children of her own.  Cullen Harbour Hostel is located in the far North East of Scotland with huge sandy beaches, heaps of wildlife and a wide range of acitivities.  The Hostel accommodation and village location offers a freedom and flexibility for families almost forgotten in modern life. Find out more on our blog.

Sandra's Backpackers, Thurso, Caithness

A traditional backpackers, Sandra's has now added two family rooms to its recently refurbished hostel; all dorm, twin and family rooms are ensuite.  Getting all the way up to the top coast of Scotland is a real adventure for families with many outdoor activities on offer, even including surfing!  The area is a haven for amazing wildlife and the launchpad to exploring the Orkney Isles.

Gulabin Lodge Outdoor Centre, Glenshee, Cairngorms

Gulabin Lodge Outdoor Centre is a perfect outdoor adventure for families at any level of activity.  The Lodge has rooms for couples and families and excellent self-catering facilities.  the area is ideal for walking and cycling (and in the winter, snow sports)  and a full range of outdoor activities are also on offer from the Centre. Children under 2 years old are free.

Fraoch Lodge, Boat of Garten, Cairngorms

Fraoch Lodge in Boat of Garten village (in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park), is actively encouraging families with children to stay with them. They offer kids options for meals, half price stays for children aged 5 - 11 and all under 5's are free of charge. Toys are available for younger visitors and board games and puzzles for older children. Outside there is a  slide and sand pit in back garden which backs on to the woods where kids can build a shelter or ride their bikes, plus a football pitch and playpark adjacent to the Hostel.Families have an area of the Hostel to themselves; either the sole use of the upstairs floor  or the annex.  Also on offer is specially designed tours to cater for families with children as young as 5.

Marthrown of Mabie Forest Bunkhouse

Located in the heart of Mabie Forest in Dumfries and Galloway in the South West Corner of Scotland, the Forest Bunkhouse is perfect for a family break. To make it easier on Mum and Dad they can provide a cot and a bed guard for young childen with a highchair, books, toys and games available.  For older children, Marthrown of Mabie is a fabulous playground with a play area for football, badminton, volleyball or basket ball along with hot tub, sauna and BBQ area on site. It is the perfect base for walking, biking and nature wathching; it is not only surrounded by wildlife, Red Squirrels and woodpeckers come right into the courtyard. A replica Iron Age Roundhouse also provides unique hostel accommodation!

Comrie Croft, Perthshire

Comrie Croft is a great holiday location for families with members of all ages.  They are currently offers a recession-busting “Kids go Free” for Hostel stays which is very family friendly indeed!


Group Accommodation and Exclusive Use for families

Some Hostels are small enough for a family to book out for themselves and have exclusive use and others are large enough to offer group accommodation for a big family gathering or celebration.  Use our accommodation search facility to find the accommodation that suits you best.

Accommodation Search

To find the accommodation that suits your family, use our accommodation search button.  Simply choose your area(s) of Scotland and send a message to all hostels in that area with as much detail as possible.  Hostels with the right kind of accommodation and with availability will get back in touch with you.