Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House

Southern Scotland and the Borders

Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House is located at the start (or end) of the Pennine Way. It is also an ideal stop for those doing the St. Cuthbert’s Way and for cyclists on the Borderloop Cycle Route or Sustrans Route 84. The Hostel is a great base for local day hikes, particularly suited to individuals, families and small groups.

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Friends of Nature House
Kirk Yetholm,
Roxburghshire, TD5 8PG
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Tel: 01573 420639
Grid Ref: NT 826 282.
Beds: 22
Open: March - October
Notes: Under 16’s should be accompanied by an adult sharing the same dorm. Please note that we do not accept stag or hen parties or similar groups.
Nearest Public Transport: The Kelso to Kirk Yetholm bus is approximately every 2 hours, stopping within 100m of the Hostel. There are connections onwards from Kelso to all parts of Scotland and to the local rail station
Nearest Shop/Pub: The well stocked village shop is within a ten minute walk.

Hostel Accommodation in the Scottish Borders

Recently upgraded, Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House offers a friendly and peaceful retreat after a day exploring the stunning Scottish Borders countryside and local heritage. There is a comfortable lounge, a well equipped kitchen, seating for 18 in the dining area and secure bike storage.

  • Open:  March-Nov daily.  (Winter by arrangement).  Check in 5-11pm, check out 10am
  • Beds:  22 in total = 1x7, 1x5, 1x4, 2x2 (twin), 1x2 (bunk) bed room
  • Dormitory beds (single sex), Family and Private rooms available
  • All bedding provided
  • Members Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Drying Room
  • Showers
  • Secure bicycle storage
  • Parking for 6 cars
  • No Smoking

Our Friends of Nature House has also been awarded Visit Scotland 'Walkers Welcome', Visit Scotland 'Cyclists Welcome'.  We are an SYHA Affiliate Hostel.

All year (Nov-Feb incl. groups only), Access;
5pm-11pm, check out 10am - See more at:
All year (Nov-Feb incl. groups only), Access;
5pm-11pm, check out 10am - See more at:

Excellent local amenities

In addition to the self catering facilities at the Hostel, evening meals and breakfast are available in the adjacent Border Hotel. There is a well stocked village shop and a choice of eateries within a 10 minute walk.

Friends of Nature

Friends of Nature (FoN) is one of Europe’s oldest environmental groups with 600,000 members and 800 houses across Europe. More Details: ; Friends of Nature factsheet

As a focal point of village life, the local community, Borders Council, walking and outdoors groups have all supported the continued operation of Kirk Yetholm and we have some great plans for the coming years in terms of green initiatives for the building and supporting the local economy. In September 2017 we celebrated 75 yrs of offering accommodation in the village in what was originally the village school.  We have established a Borders Friends of Nature Group and many of the improvements at Kirk Yetholm are shown on the group fb page:

The FoN publication "Travelling Respectfully - Tips for fair travel" is highly recommended and a good example of our work over the last 100+ years.  Download here (pdf)

Kirk Yetholm is run by a mix of volunteer wardens and paid staff, so if anyone is interested in wardening (or work parties!!) please get in touch.




From £20.00 per person per night

From £17.00 per child per night

Single Room:

From £31.00 per person per night

Double/Twin Room:

From £44.00 per room per night

Family Room:

From £66.00 per room per night

Special Rate:

Under 18 year old's price is £17.00 per night