• 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...

  • 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...

  • 5 Reasons to Visit Glasgow in Spring

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    It’s time to kick off all that lazy winter slumber and start seriously getting into spring. The bulbs are breaking through and the buds are back on the trees so it’s a great time to explore Scotland and the country’s nature as it springs back into life as the frosts ease. You might think spring is...

  • 4 Reasons to Visit Oban Year Round

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    Oban is a place many people associate with summer, with enjoying fish and chips while they wait for a CalMac ferry and the seagulls squawk above. I’m a massive fan of Oban, though, and I reckon this Argyll resort town is a real year round charmer too. Many people think of Oban as somewhere you...

  • Cairngorms Winter Top 5

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    The Cairngorms National Park is easily the largest national park in Britain, extending over 1,400 square miles. That is an awful lot of space, a glorious wildscape that really comes into its own in winter as other parts of the country go into hibernation. The Cairngorms are a truly epic landscape,...

  • 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...

  • Scottish Winter Traditions

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    Scotland is one of the only countries in the world where New Year celebrations could be considered more important than those at Christmas. Unlike anywhere else in the world, the Scots call New Year, Hogmanay, a celebration that starts on the 31st of December and carries right through to early...