• 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...

  • Milena's Volunteering Diary Part 1

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    Hello! My name is Milena and I'm from Germany. Together with 8 other volunteers, I’m living and working in different youth hostels across the SYHA network for one year. This is the first of my Volunteering Diary entries, I'll be sharing more stories from my Scottish adventures so be sure to keep an...

  • 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...

  • Stirling Competition Winner Visit

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    In June we ran a competition in our e-newsletter to win a 2-night-stay at our Stirling Youth Hostel. Also included in the prize was tickets to Stirling Castle and The Wallace Monument. We were extremely pleased to announce the winner as long time hosteller Richard Elloway. Richard had to answer the...

  • 5 Reasons to Visit the Great Glen in Winter

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    The Great Glen has always fascinated me as one of the world’s great geological fault lines, a hulking great cut right through the nation from Fort William on Scotland’s Atlantic Ocean coast to Inverness on the North Sea. What always amazes me is that while it is busy with tourists during the summer...

  • Have a Spooktacular Halloween!

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    With Halloween just around the corner, we have uncovered some of the spookiest events lurking near to our youth hostels... Bring your best dressed little ghosts and ghouls to Inverness' "Forest of Frights" on 29 October 18:30 anf 30 October 17:30. The show stretches for over 1300 metres around two...

  • Rewarding Experiences for RBS Volunteers

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    In September, a group from RBS joined Rowardennan Lodge Youth Hostel for a day’s volunteering on the banks of Loch Lomond in Scotland’s first National Park. The 8 volunteers from RBS’ Learning Team swapped a day in the office designing and delivering training to Personal Banking employees to show...