• 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...

  • Volunteer Diaries: Laura

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    My name is Laura, I am currently volunteering for SYHA Hostelling Scotland as part of German volunteer placement organisation Sozialer Friedensdienst (known as SFD). Over the past seven months I have worked in Aberdeen and Glasgow Youth Hostels and now I am working and living in Edinburgh Central...

  • Exclusively yours...RentaHostel Competition Winner

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    You may remember that last year, to celebrate the launch of our new look Exclusively yours...RentaHostel service, we ran a competition to win a youth hostel all to yourself (well, with friends or family) for a day or two. And our competition winner, Jean from Glasgow, did just that when she was...

  • Let's Go Walking

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    With so many of us leading an inactive lifestyle, sitting at a desk or in front of the TV, it's more important than ever to get moving. Just 30 minutes of brisk walking, 5 times a week helps to maintain good health and well-being. Best of all it's free! Ramblers Scotland Medal Routes were designed...

  • Loch an Eilein Ride

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    This month we're inspiring you to get active by getting out there and exploring Scotland! There's a variety of fantastic routes in locations across the country whether you are looking for a heart-thumping, exhilarating experience, a challenging route with lots of mud and dirt, or an easier lower...

  • Volunteer Diaries: Yannik in Loch Ossian

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    My name is Yannik, I’m from Germany, and I’m currently volunteering with SYHA Hostelling Scotland for one year. Back in February, Lee (a colleague from Oban Youth Hostel) and I spent three days in Loch Ossian, one of the most remote youth hostels in the SYHA network.  Loch Ossian is part of the...

  • 6 Things To Do In Scotland In 2016

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    With so many things happening in 2016 we've selected some highlights that are not to be missed. Youth hostels make it affordable to visit events all round the country. Whether you like sport, music or culture, getting out and exploring Scotland couldn't be easier. Highlands and Islands Music and...

  • The Cairngorm 'Girls'...and 'Boys' - March 2016 Update

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    In January we unveiled a new chicken coop for The Girls. It was built for us by a close neighbour and local business – The Glenmore Shop & Pinemarten Bar. The new coop was quite a bit bigger than the old one so we made the decision to get a few new girlies to join the team! On February 6th a...

  • Beyond the Bonnie Bonnie Banks

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    There is no doubting that Loch Lomond is a scenic wonder. It may already be popular amongst day tripping Glaswegians, but I think Scotland’s largest loch is actually seriously underrated. If you’ve never really spent time in this gorgeous corner of the country, or just not been for a while, join me...

  • Bikepacking Trails in Scotland: The Highland Trail

    Posted by Markus Stitz on

    When I think back to the two times I have ridden the Highland Trail, I am still not sure what made me tackle it twice, first on a singlespeed, then with semi-fat tyres and gears. After the first time I had sworn never to do it again, but that didn’t last long. For 2015 I was back on the list of...