Activity Breaks and Holidays

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, 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.

Cairngorms Bikepacking - NEW

Cairngorms Bikepacking - NEW

In partnership with nineonesix-guiding and based at Scottish youth hostels your experienced bike guide will show you the skills to ride on multi-day adventures by mountain bike. You will ride on a variety of trails from forest trails, to superb single track and some short sections on minor roads. During the break you will learn from your guide how to look after your bike, equipment and yourself …

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Torridon Winter Munros & Winter Walking Skills

Torridon Winter Munros & Winter Walking Skills

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 chance …

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Loch Ossian Handmade Tales and Crafts

Loch Ossian Handmade Tales and Crafts

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 …

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Torridon Munro Walking Trip

Torridon Munro Walking Trip

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 will 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 you can …

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Handful of Islands

Handful of Islands

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 anyone, including small groups, and will allow you to really explore the selection of beautiful islands. Each …

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Skye Munros

Skye Munros

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 …

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Cape Wrath and NW Highlands

Cape Wrath and NW Highlands

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 Coigach, …

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The Cape Wrath Trail

The Cape Wrath Trail

This adventurous trip will allow you to trek from Fort William in the heart of the Highlands, to Cape Wrath all the way in 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 incomparable …

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Nevis Sea to Summit

Nevis Sea to Summit

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 …

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Highland Coast to Coast

Highland Coast to Coast

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 light-weight backpacking is required for two days to let you really …

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Skye Trail

Skye Trail

The Isle of Skye or ‘winged island’ with its 300 miles’ coast line, 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, of …

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