• SYHA's Ultimate Bucket List

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    Scotland has been named as number two on the list of the Top 10 Countries to Visit in 2017, by Rough Guides, meaning Scotland really should be on your lists of places to visit this year! We want to make sure you get the most out of your trip to this spectacular country so why not make it a year to...

  • January Walks to Banish the Blues

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    January can feel like a long month for us all as we say goodbye to the festivities for another year. But January doesn't need to be so blue, not when Scotland has so much stunning scenery to offer this wintry month. Don't worry, you don't have to be an expert hillwalker with knowledge of winter...

  • Edinburgh's Hogmanay

    Posted by Michael at Edinburgh's Festivals on

    The nights are growing longer and darker here in Edinburgh, the sun hangs lower in the sky and mentions of Christmas shift from half-guilty whispers to full-blooded cries of delight - and with it all comes the world's best new year's eve party, Edinburgh's Hogmanay. Image credit: Chris Watt After...

  • Edinburgh Central Turns 10!

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    This week our Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel celebrated it's 10th anniversary, how time flies when you're having fun! Hamish MacBear popped along to join in the celebrations with the youth hostel staff and of course dig in to some of that delicious cake.  Amidst the party, balloons and cake, we...

  • Top 5 Winter Delights in Edinburgh

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    It’s winter so that means that it’s time to hibernate. Just curl up and wait for the distant spring to make an appearance. Right? Wrong! So wrong as this is when Scotland’s capital really steps into top gear with a flurry of festivities, cosy pubs and wintry walks, with an award-winning youth hostel...

  • Edinburgh's Summer Festivals: which one is for you?

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    Summertime in Auld Reekie is world-famous for 'The Edinburgh Festival'... but did you know there's actually no such thing? In fact, the city has a range of major festivals, many - though by no means all - of which take place over the same few summer weeks. During July and August, the Scottish...

  • Volunteer Diaries: Laura

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    My name is Laura, I am currently volunteering for SYHA Hostelling Scotland as part of German volunteer placement organisation Sozialer Friedensdienst (known as SFD). Over the past seven months I have worked in Aberdeen and Glasgow Youth Hostels and now I am working and living in Edinburgh Central...

  • Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Volunteers - Jane in Inverness

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    For the residential section of my Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, I chose to volunteer with SYHA Hostelling Scotland and I was given a placement at their Inverness Youth Hostel. I had never stayed in a youth hostel before and so I didn’t really know what to expect however I was pleasantly surprised...

  • Milena's Volunteering Diary Part 2

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    One of the great things about volunteering with SYHA Hostelling Scotland is getting out and about to explore the country during our spare time. Recently my family travelled from Germany to visit me and we planned to pack in as many of the sights as possible in one week including the Isle of Skye,...

  • Winter Festivals

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    Well Winter is officially here, but no it’s not time to hibernate quite yet. Not when a flurry of festive festivals are rampaging their fun filled way through Scotland. Join me now as I take you on a six stop tour of belly-and-heart-warming festivals guaranteed to lift your mood, get you in the...