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Hostels with Food and Drink (and self-catering too!)

The main ideal aspect of hostelling that everyone recognises, is the availability of shared facilities which allows travellers flexibility and convenience as well as affordability, in particular a self -catering kitchen.  However some hostels are now offering their guests the choice of cooked meals too, which is very much appreciated with many hostels offering free breakfast to get your day off to a good start. Some Hostels even have a cafe or restaurant attached. Here are just a few to whet your appetite...

Fraoch Lodge, Cairngorms

We love providing food for our guests at Fraoch Lodge. We sit round a communal table over an excellent, home cooked meal using local ingredients from Balliefurth farm shop, next to our son's school, or our own garden as far as possible. If you're here at the right time of year you'll see us plucking the salad ready for the table 5 minutes before dinner is served, or unearthing potatoes heading straight to the pot for dinner. We also grow courgettes & tomatoes and tons of fruit to make all our own desserts, jams and have even turned our hand to making wine!  Visit the website>

Ben Nevis Bunkhouse, Lochaber

With a unique location at the very foot of Ben Nevis, the Ben Nevis Inn is the place for great food, real ale, live music and bunkhouse accommodation.  Popular with walkers, mountaineers and locals alike, the Ben Nevis Inn is found at the start of the Ben Nevis mountain path and close to the end of the West Highland Way in Fort William, with fabulous views over Glen Nevis. Visit the website

Stronsay Fish Mart and Hostel, Orkney Islands

Stronsay Fish Mart Hostel has 4 en-suite bedrooms, accommodating up to 10 people, with a family room, facilities for the disabled, a laundry room and an open plan recreation, kitchen and dining area. The separate Café serves freshly prepared food and both Café and Hostel are open all year. The menu includes burgers, wraps, paninis, all-day breakfast, toasted sandwiches etc. Teas, coffee, hot chocolate and a variety of home baked cakes and tray bakes Three course meals are served on Sundays. Visit the website

Comrie Croft, Perthshire

The Tea Garden at Comrie Croft is run by the lovely Allison, who makes a wide range of delicious homemade treats available to the hostellers who stay there. They can start the day off with hot filled rolls, lunch on warming soups, pasties and creative salads or reward themselves with a delectable cake or cookie or two or three!  Many of the ingredients in the ever-evolving menu are grown on site by Tomnah’a Market Garden meaning they travel less than 100m from field to fork (now that’s fresh)!  Visit the website

An Cala Bunkhouse and Cafe, Lochinver

Our speciality at An Cala is home-cooked, freshly prepared, delicious food. We offer breakfasts for bunkhouse residents, locals and visitors as well as lunch, afternoon tea and evening meals.The modern and cosy bunkhouse accommodates 14 people within 3 rooms. The cafe has a regular menu and a daily specials board. With a location right next to the harbour, you can always be assured of amazing seafood. Visit our website

The Weem Inn, Perthshire Highlands

The kitchen at The Weem Inn in the Perthshire Highlands offers tasty home-cooking, lovingly created by our cooks who put their own take on the best of seasonal locally-sourced produce.  Salads and vegetables for the table are grown in our courtyard garden, which is also a lovely place to sit and relax.Our menu always features a soup of the day and a selection of tasty dishes and desserts which change daily.  Cooked breakfasts are available to order, tailored to individual requirements. Teas, coffees and a licensed bar are also served. Visit the website

Haggis Hostels, Edinburgh

Haggis Hostels provide a free complimentary breakfast, every morning. Get your day in Edinburgh off to a good Scottish start with a bowl of porridge! There is a wide selection of breakfast items including croissants, pain au chocolat, waffles, toast, Scottish jams (jelly), fresh fruit, porridge, tea, many fruit teas, and coffee. For special occasions such as Hogmanay, the Hostel also offers Haggis of course! Visit the website