Self-catering facilities are available at all our youth hostels. Need a bit of culinary inspiration? CLICK HERE for two easy recipes that you could rustle up in one of our youth hostel kitchens after a day exploring the wild!

We understand that sometimes you might not want to cook while on holiday or after a long day, and for that reason we also offer home-cooked meals for individuals and groups at many of our youth hostels. Some youth hostels are even licensed and have small bar areas, allowing you to relax with a beer or a glass of wine at the end of your day.


Provenance is all about where the food on your plate comes from - knowing it's locally produced somehow makes it even tastier! It's also good news for the environment as it keeps the food miles right down.

Local suppliers are passionate about what they produce so standards are always high and food comes from people who really care about what's on your plate today...that's why we love local!

As our youth hostel network is extremely diverse, our offerings in each youth hostel vary depending on size and capacity.

Throughout the SYHA network, we offer:


Kick start your day with a delicious breakfast. Nearly all our youth hostels provide breakfast whether it's a Scottish Full Cooked or Continental Breakfast.

Scottish Full Cooked Breakfast £7.00

Scottish back bacon from Aberdeenshire, Scottish farm assured pork sausage (vegetarian option available), Scottish free range eggs (fried or scrambled) from Stewarton in Ayrshire, baked beans, Scottish traditional potato scone from Mortons Rolls of Anniesland in Glasgow, grilled tomato, Macsween special family recipe black pudding, sautéed mushrooms from Fenton Barns of East Lothian and sauce portion (tomato or brown) served with toast and Graham's Dairy butter from Bridge of Allan. A choice of jams and marmalade from Scott's of Carluke is also available along with cereals, breakfast tea, fresh filtered coffee, orange and apple juice.

Click here to download our Cooked Breakfast poster

Continental Breakfast £5.50

Choice of cereals and chilled milk, Scottish traditional oatcakes from Paterson Arran of Livingston, Rowan Glen yoghurt pots made from local Scottish farmed milk, choice of fresh apple, banana small orange as well as sliced ham from Brown Brothers of Kirkconnell and cheese from McLellands of Stranraer, morning roll or petit pains and toast with Graham's Dairy butter and jams and marmalade from Scott's of Carluke. Served with breakfast tea or coffee and a glass of apple or orange juice.

Click here to download our Continental Breakfast poster

Refill your cup of tea or coffee to your heart's content with our breakfasts!


Our hearty packed lunches are filled with a selection of sandwiches, fruit, crisps, biscuits and a drink. A number of our youth hostels have restaurants and cafes providing a selection of main meals, snacks and lighter lunch options.

Packed Lunch £6.00

Sandwiches freshly prepared in Scotland using locally sourced seasonal ingredients, a choice of apple, banana or small orange, Scottish Mackies crisps (suitable for vegetarians and vegans), raisins, Tunnocks Caramel Wafer and Strathmore spring water flatcap.

Please be aware that SYHA are legally obliged to charge 5p for a carrier bag if you require one.

Click here to download our Packed Lunch poster


Our larger youth hostels provide guests with a complete meal service consisting of a three course menu plus smaller daily specials.

Smaller locations provide a two course 'Heat It & Eat It' Meal Deal with dishes such as a meat or vegetable curry or chilli con carne with an ice cream pot for dessert. These can be purchased from reception for guests to prepare in our self-catering kitchen for just £6.50 for two courses. These meals along with our breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals are all available to purchase online when making a booking.

Please note Glen Affric and Loch Ossian do not provide any meals.

Meals for Children

SYHA youth hostels also offer a selection of dining options for children:


  • Children under 11 - continental £4.00 / cooked £5.00


  • Children under 11 - two course dinner £7.50

The above prices only apply when purchased with full paid adult meal (Full Cooked/Continental Breakfast or 2 Course Dinner). Only available at fully catered youth hostels and is not applicable to Convenience Meals, Wee Breakfasts or Packed Lunches.

Youth Hostel Cafes

Haddington Place Café & Bar is on the ground floor of Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel and provides a selection of food and drink throughout the day. A café is also available at Rowardennan Lodge Youth Hostel.

Youth Hostel Shops

Most SYHA youth hostels contain a small shop where it is possible to purchase a number of items including confectionery, crisps, soup, pasta and soft drinks. These shops also stock a range of essential toiletries such as soap, shampoo and toothpaste.

Food & Drink for Groups

A variety of catering options for small and large groups are available at competitive prices. All food is fresh, healthy and cooked on the premises. Menus are creative and flexible, and youth hostel chefs are on hand to discuss dietary requirements.

Groups are requested to book any catering required when booking accommodation.