• Going for Gold - Volunteering at Crianlarich

    Posted by Hostelling Scotland on

    Sarah from Brechin shares her experience of volunteering at Crianlarich Youth Hostel as part of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme... My aim was to complete the residential section of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award with 4 nights away and 5 days volunteering. I was recommended Crianlarich...

  • Family Trip to Edinburgh

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    As a travel writer I’ve visited over 100 countries and many more cities. I’m proud as a Scot to say that Edinburgh stacks up against any of them. What many people don’t realise is that as well as being great for a romantic escape for two or as a party place, it’s also ideal for families. So join me...

  • Jonathan's Trip to Glen Affric

    Posted by Hostelling Scotland on

    Last month we were joined by nine young people from German volunteer placement organisations Sozialer Friedensdienst (known as SFD) and Internationaler Bund Volunteers‘ Abroad Programs (IB VAP). The volunteers will spend one year with SYHA helping out across the network whilst exploring and...

  • The Cairngorm ‘Girls’ – September 2015 Update

    Posted by Hostelling Scotland on

    Well it’s been an eventful summer for The Cairngorm 'Girls'… Daftie White became unwell due to reasons unknown.  She managed to hang in there over the summer but a local cat started terrorising the girls, which didn’t do her nerves any good.  A few days later a dog off a lead grabbed our lovely...

  • Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Volunteers

    Posted by Hostelling Scotland on

    2017 UPDATE: We no longer offer placements for solo Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. We may run courses in 2018 for those wishing to complete their Gold Residential Section. These will be updated on our volunteer page. As part of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award programme two high school students,...

  • The Challenging Bealach Mor Sportive

    Posted by Renny Hutchison on

    Thank goodness for Torridon. As a recreational cyclist, occasional hill walker, and unconvincing triathlete, I consider it my right to leave my training and organisation for an event to the very last minute. So it was no surprise that just days before cycling the infamous 90-mile Bealach Mor...

  • Glenbrittle Memories

    Posted by Hostelling Scotland on

    Glenbrittle Youth Hostel on the Isle of Skye has come a long way - literally. The main structure you can still see today, with its thick beams, steel rods and industrial size nuts and bolts, was shipped from Norway, and then taken by horse cart down the rough track that was the access to the glen in...

  • Cairngorms

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    It is hard not to get the urge to hike up a hill, swing yourself around on a mountain bike or throw yourself into a frothing river rapid at the SYHA’s Cairngorm Lodge. It is an infectious urge when everyone else at breakfast is getting geared up for a big day exploring the Cairngorms National Park,...

  • A Scottish Road Trip That Should Be On Everyone's Bucket List

    Posted by Susanne from Adventures Around Scotland on

    My latest #SYHAdventure may only have involved a journey of less than 55 miles but I assure you that it is a road-trip that should be on every Scotland travel bucket list and is up there with any adventure!Torridon Youth Hostel stands nestled between the water of Upper Loch Torridon and the foot of...

  • Archaeology Across Glasgow

    Posted by DigIt! 2015 on

    History is about to be unearthed in Glasgow! Between archaeological art, exhibitions and digs, visitors to the city are in for a treat this September. As part of the 21st European Association of Archaeologists’ Annual Conference, the ‘Our Place in Time Arts Festival’ will bring our heritage out...