• 10 Reasons to Take a City Break in Aberdeen

    Posted by Kay Gillespie - The Chaotic Scot on

    This month our Aberdeen Youth Hostel turns 60. To celebrate we asked travel blogger, Kay Gillespie - The Chaotic Scot, to explore the Granite City and give us her top tips for a city break in Aberdeen - find out more below...A weekend in Aberdeen? Sure, why not. The most I had seen prior to my...

  • 48 Hours in Lochranza

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    If you’ve ever been to Arran you will already know that there is plenty to see and do on a glorious island that is understandably dubbed ‘Scotland in Miniature’. What you may not have realised if you have just swished through the northern charmer of Lochranza is that there is plenty to keep you...

  • Ultimate Dramtastic Islay Whisky Guide

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    Scotland is lucky enough to boast hundreds of whisky distilleries. They are dotted the length and breadth of the country, from the southern climes of Dumfries and Galloway all the way up to the Northern Isles. There is one place in Scotland – or rather one island – that for me knocks the corks off...

  • Why 2017 is the year to try the North Coast 500

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    Forget Route 66. Turn your steering wheel away from the Great Ocean Road and forget about the Pacific Coastal Highway. If you want to drive, ride your motorbike or cycle under big skies along the open road enjoying some of the world’s finest scenery – not to mention savour boat fresh seafood, epic...

  • Top 5 Arran Hikes

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    Scotland is a world-class destination for hiking, whether you’re into climbing up small hills or massive mountains, or even just enjoying a coastal stroll. This vast country boasts myriad choices for those with the right clothing, a map and a compass, which can make it hard to choose where to go and...

  • Torridon Munro Activity Holiday Review

    Posted by Hostelling Scotland on

      Dave Kirkpatrick joined our Torridon Munro 3 day activity holiday in May this year, he shared his experience with us...  At the beginning of the year I had set a personal goal of climbing the challenging Munros (hills above 3000ft) around Torridon in the NW highlands. If you haven’t visited this...

  • Things to do near Portree – Exploring the Trotternish Peninsula

    Posted by Neil Robertson on

    Taking a wander around Portree, immersing yourself in the constant bustling energy of the place as travellers come and go, it is impossible not to relish the mouth-watering prospect of imminently taking in Scotland at its naturally dramatic best.   Portree Visitors are either brimming with...

  • Summer Top 5

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    Looking for inspiration for a brilliant break in Scotland this summer, but just confused by how much choice this vast country with its 800 islands and over 10% of Europe’s coastline offers? Don’t despair just yet – book a SYHA youth hostel and you will have a great base for your holiday, as well as...

  • Beyond the Bonnie Bonnie Banks

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    There is no doubting that Loch Lomond is a scenic wonder. It may already be popular amongst day tripping Glaswegians, but I think Scotland’s largest loch is actually seriously underrated. If you’ve never really spent time in this gorgeous corner of the country, or just not been for a while, join me...

  • Bikepacking Trails in Scotland: The Highland Trail

    Posted by Markus Stitz on

    When I think back to the two times I have ridden the Highland Trail, I am still not sure what made me tackle it twice, first on a singlespeed, then with semi-fat tyres and gears. After the first time I had sworn never to do it again, but that didn’t last long. For 2015 I was back on the list of...