• Exploring the Inverness area

    Posted by Neil Robertson on

    Inverness Youth Hostel comes with so many possibilities. Offering the high standards of cleanliness and quality facilities that I’ve come to expect from my travels around Scotland, the common areas and cooking equipment are particularly flawless and cover everything that a Highland traveller will...

  • Edinburgh's Summer Festivals: which one is for you?

    Posted by Hostelling Scotland on

    Summertime in Auld Reekie is world-famous for 'The Edinburgh Festival'... but did you know there's actually no such thing? In fact, the city has a range of major festivals, many - though by no means all - of which take place over the same few summer weeks. During July and August, the Scottish...

  • Happy 70th Birthday Braemar

    Posted by Hostelling Scotland on

    This month our Braemar Youth Hostel, set in the heart of the Cairngorm Nation Park, celebrates its 70th anniversary. Braemar Youth Hostel was originally built within its extensive grounds in 1870 as a shooting lodge by the Earl of Cavan. However, soon after the end of WWII in 1946 it was announced...

  • 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...

  • Getting out and about near Glenbrittle

    Posted by Neil Robertson on

    If you long for an escape from the hubbub of 21st century life, then the remoteness and dramatic scenery of Glenbrittle could be just the thing you’re looking for. With Skye as popular as it is as a travel destination, it is a wonder that such a spot still exists. Glenbrittle Youth Hostel is one of...

  • 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...

  • It's the end of an era for Wilma

    Posted by Hostelling Scotland on

    Wilma Watson, Pitlochry Youth Hostel Manager, will be waving us goodbye at the end of July after a fantastic 32 years with SYHA Hostelling Scotland. Wilma started her journey at National Office, in the accounts department - or "Hostel Stores" as it was known at the time. We caught up with Wilma...

  • 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...

  • Earth Day 2016

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    April 22nd is Earth Day. First celebrated in 1970, it aims to build support for environmental protection by raising awareness of environmental issues and encouraging people to take action. More than one billion people take part each year making Earth Day the "largest civic observance" in the world. ...

  • Robin's Top Seven Reasons to Visit Islay

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    Love whisky? Then you’ll love the Inner Hebridean island of Islay! This bijou Atlantic charmer boasts no fewer than eight whisky distilleries, with plans mooted for three more! Islay lives and breathes whisky and offers for me the finest whisky touring experience in Scotland. I’ve just been back to...