• Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Volunteers - Jane in Inverness

    Posted by Hostelling Scotland on

    2017 UPDATE: We no longer offer placements for solo Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. We may run courses in 2018 for those wishing to complete their Gold Residential Section. These will be updated on our volunteer page. For the residential section of my Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, I chose to...

  • Three Easy But Rewarding Walks In Glencoe

    Posted by Susanne from Adventures Around Scotland on

    As a Scottish travel blogger I often get asked for advice when people are making plans to visit Scotland and this usually inspires me to write a blog post on a place or experience that will help to answer some of those queries. However there is one place that I get asked about more than any other...

  • The Challenging Bealach Mor Sportive

    Posted by Renny Hutchison on

    Thank goodness for Torridon. As a recreational cyclist, occasional hill walker, and unconvincing triathlete, I consider it my right to leave my training and organisation for an event to the very last minute. So it was no surprise that just days before cycling the infamous 90-mile Bealach Mor...

  • Cairngorms

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    It is hard not to get the urge to hike up a hill, swing yourself around on a mountain bike or throw yourself into a frothing river rapid at the SYHA’s Cairngorm Lodge. It is an infectious urge when everyone else at breakfast is getting geared up for a big day exploring the Cairngorms National Park,...

  • A Scottish Road Trip That Should Be On Everyone's Bucket List

    Posted by Susanne from Adventures Around Scotland on

    My latest #SYHAdventure may only have involved a journey of less than 55 miles but I assure you that it is a road-trip that should be on every Scotland travel bucket list and is up there with any adventure!Torridon Youth Hostel stands nestled between the water of Upper Loch Torridon and the foot of...

  • Over the Sea to Skye

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    Love the great outdoors and getting active amongst Scotland’s glorious sweep of scenery? Love Scotland’s islands, but just not sure which one out of the 800 or so to visit? Then join me now as I delve into the SYHA hostels on the Isle of Skye, the largest island in the Inner Hebrides. Here the ace...

  • Outlander

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    Call it Scotland’s Game of Thrones or the biggest thing since Braveheart. Call it what you will, but there is no doubting that Outlander is a major TV phenomenon that has already swept across North America and has just enjoyed a massively successful first series in the UK on Amazon Prime. Join us...

  • Robin McKelvie Begins His SYHAdventure

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    Hands up if you presume that ‘youth’ hostels are just for young people? Hands up again if you fear you still have to perform chores at Scottish youth hostels? And a last hands up if you think the nation’s hostels are all just about sharing old-style dormitories? Well, I have to confess, until all...

  • Bagging Munros with SYHA

    Posted by Don Currie on

    A guided walking break is a great way to explore our more challenging hills, finds Don Currie. There’s really no such thing as the typical hillwalker – but if there were, it might be me. Reasonably fit, but no fanatic… able to use a map and compass, though liable to make the odd mistake… in...

  • Celebrating Nature in the Cairngorms

    Posted by Charlotte from Cairngorms National Park on

    About Cairngorms Nature The words National Park are not dished out lightly – they signify a country’s best bits of the landscape and are recognised the world over. The Cairngorms National Park is one of the last wildernesses we have left in the UK. It is a place of sheer abundance having more high...