Looking for activity holiday ideas in Scotland? Our hostelling holidays with a difference are a great way to learn new skills, keep active and meet new people.
Led by fully qualified and experienced instructors, SYHA activity holidays are suitable for all levels of experience and fitness. Groups are kept small, allowing you to take full advantage of the instructor’s expertise and local area knowledge.
Try something different today! See below for our full list of activity holidays and be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.
Bikepacking is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to get deep into the countryside with your bike. Experience the adventure and freedom of taking to two wheels as you explore the wilderness of the Cairngorms National Park on this guided bikepacking trip.This trip is suitable for beginners through to more advanced riders - you just need to be able to ride for up to six hours for each of the...Read more
We are pleased to offer a three day winter skills course based in Torridon, a beautiful setting which boasts some of the finest mountain scenery in Europe. The course is led by a local, qualified winter mountain leader. On the first day of the course you will revise, or be taught how to use an ice axe and crampons, perform self-arrest and look at the snowpack. On day two you will have the...Read more
Come together to meet like-minded guests at the beautiful location of Loch Ossian Youth Hostel for a relaxing and creative weekend. SYHA are very pleased to offer this weekend of 'Handmade Tales and Crafts' in partnership with Professional Storyteller, Harpist, and Crafty Woman Claire Hewitt. Learn to knit or crochet your own hand-warmers round the fire in the evenings as Claire spins a yarn or...Read more
Looking for a challenge and enjoyable experience that will allow you to build new skills? Based at Torridon Youth Hostel and working with our local partners Nineonesix Guiding, we are delighted to offer you the opportunity to do all of this while enjoying the wild and beautiful landscape of the Torridon Munros. This 3 or 7 day walking course can help you build on your current knowledge or try...Read more
Five Scottish islands in four days, sound appealing? Well, let SYHA and our partners C-N-Do Scotland be your guide around these unforgettable islands. You will have the opportunity to visit: Kerrera Lismore Luing Mull Iona This laid back and easy paced walking trip is suitable for everyone, including small groups, and will allow you to really explore a selection of beautiful islands....Read more
The Cuillin on the Isle of Skye is a group of mountains that emerge straight out of the Atlantic. Their location and ruggedness attract many climbers and walkers from all over the world. These stunning mountains can be daunting and intimidating to those lacking experience to enjoy them. This guided trip allows you to take on that challenge in a safe and responsible way. Photo credit: Linda...Read more
Between Ullapool, the attractive fishing and ferry port, and Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly point of the mainland, lies a unique corner of Scotland. The scenery here is like nothing you have ever seen before and that is why, in partnership with C-N-Do Scotland, we want to provide an opportunity for you to explore this Scottish secret. On the eight day walking tour you will explore...Read more
This adventurous trip will allow you to trek from Fort William, in the heart of the Highlands, to Cape Wrath, all the way to the north west tip of the UK mainland. During the trek you will travel 225 miles through beautiful Scottish landscapes and ever-changing vistas in one-day stages. Led by a qualified and experience guide from our partner C-N-Do Scotland, you will take a route of...Read more
Between relatively inaccessible Loch Nevis and Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK, lies a string of interlinking wild routes that makes a perfect walking challenge. In partnership with C-N-Do Scotland we will take you on a week long journey led by an experienced guide through this beautiful landscape. The trip starts with a boat ride to the head of the loch. From there you will begin...Read more
Here’s a lovely, continuous route leading from the Beauly Firth at Inverness, via Loch Ness, the hidden village of Tomich and through the length of Glen Affric to Loch Duich on the west coast; a trek along one of Scotland’s most varied and spectacular crossings. As you stay in one of the country’s remotest hostels, minimal lightweight backpacking is required for two days to let you really savour...Read more
The Isle of Skye or ‘winged island’, with its 300 mile coastline, is one of those places that inspires with its, at times, savage natural beauty, its history and wildlife. Also known as the Misty Island (Eilean a’ Cheò), its pervading Gaelic culture gives a character that is quite different. The whole combination draws one back again and again.This wild and rugged walk from north to south, some 80...Read more