• 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...

  • Great Summer Youth Hostel Getaways

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    It can feel like a very long wait, but I’m delighted that summer in Scotland is finally here. There is no longer any need to hibernate away from the chilly days and the threat of snow that lingers on right into spring. It’s time now to make the most of the milder weather and those ridiculously...

  • Student Escape to the Highlands

    Posted by Scott Hutcheon on

    For students, the notion of a study break most often means a beer at the bar with a few friends, where the conversation will tentatively skirt around the topic of exams, pass-marks and the ominous fear of failure...Yet for truly unwinding after a hard week at university, there’s nothing better than...

  • Volunteering: Finding my way with SYHA

    Posted by Noah Fynn Kottenhahn, SYHA Volunteer on

    Hi, I'm Noah; I am 18 years old, from Germany and currently volunteering for SYHA Hostelling Scotland. I came here in September 2016 and will stay until the end of August, so the whole experience will be almost a year long. Along with me are 8 other German volunteers, helping out in SYHA youth...

  • 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...

  • Happy 85th Birthday Gairloch and Ratagan

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    This month two of the longest serving properties in our network, Gairloch Sands and Ratagan Youth Hostel both reach an amazing milestone and celebrate their 85th anniversary!  A birthday is not the only thing these two youth hostels have in common, both can be found in remote areas of the Highlands...

  • Glen Coe

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    Few areas in the world can boast either the drama or the diversity of walking experiences that spectacular Glen Coe offers in such abundance. Glencoe Youth Hostel makes for an ideal base for both exploring the Glen Coe area in general and in hiking all over it. The youth hostel has plenty of maps...

  • A year volunteering with SYHA

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    Each year SYHA Hostelling Scotland welcomes a group of young volunteers from Germany to spend a year volunteering in our youth hostels. During their time with SYHA volunteers Klara Kammerer and Katrin Müller, have had the opportunity to explore both the cities and countryside of Scotland. We asked...