Littlehouse Media

Margo Paterson appointed as CEO of SYHA Hostelling Scotland

SYHA Hostelling Scotland’s Board of Trustees has appointed Margo Paterson as Chief Executive Officer following the recent retirement of Keith Legge.

Margo, who has a background in finance, has been a key part of the SYHA management team for the last 16 years, heading up Support Services before taking over the role of Deputy CEO in 2007. Committed to the ethos of the organisation, she is a keen advocate of SYHA’s youth programmes, enabling young people to develop their skills for learning, life and work.

Commenting on her appointment, Margo Paterson said: ‘I’m fortunate to have played an integral part in the transformation of the organisation in recent years and I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to take this forward. We will continue to listen to our members and guests and modernise our network to meet expectations by offering good quality, low cost, flexible accommodation in some of the finest locations Scotland has to offer. People are at the heart of our organisation and I’m very proud of the exceptional service, local knowledge and warm welcome we offer those with an adventurous spirit wishing to experience the real Scotland.’

Margo has also been a director of the Cairngorm Business Partnership since 2013, which operates within the Cairngorms National Park as the Chamber of Commerce representing member businesses.

Welcoming Margo to her new role, Chairman of SYHA Hostelling Scotland, David Calder said: ‘We’re delighted to have appointed Margo as CEO. She not only brings years of experience to the role, but her passion and enthusiasm for SYHA is widely recognised throughout the organisation. This is an exciting time for SYHA and we wish her well in her new role’.

SYHA Hostelling Scotland is a self-funding charitable organisation with 34 hostels located throughout Scotland, accommodating 400,000 guests every year, with a turnover of £8m and an estimated contribution to the Scottish visitor economy of £25m.


Media contact:

Paddy Cuthbert | Littlehouse Media | E: [email protected] | M: 07913 951717 | 0131 526 3980


Useful links:

SYHA Hostelling Scotland –

SYHA on Twitter – #syhadventure

SYHA on Facebook –


Notes to editors:

SYHA Hostelling Scotland is a self-funding charity operating a network of nearly 60 exceptional youth and affiliate hostels for the benefit of all those wishing to learn and experience what Scotland has to offer. Our unique sites provide affordable, comfortable, safe and quality-assured accommodation with a warm friendly welcome, local knowledge, activities and services for guests travelling around Scotland.


Members enjoy a range of exclusive benefits including dual membership of Hostelling International, providing access to more than 4,000 youth hostels in over 90 countries worldwide. Membership and guest overnight income supports our charitable youth programmes and the maintenance of the hostelling network, particularly in rural Scotland.

You Might Also Like

Rob Cochrane wins 2019 Scottish Youth Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture

Hostelling Scotland fully open for business after two years

Hostelling Scotland begins phased opening of Youth Hostel network

Run Scotland in two days with the new Ultra Tour of Arran

SYHA partners with Ayrshire College for valuable volunteer experience

Sporting legend Gavin Hastings to inspire Lochaber at Ideas Week 2017

Nevis Range team up with Endura

New European partnership to upskill adventure tourism in five countries

Hostelling Scotland opens four summer youth hostels in 2018

Hot water on tap for Loch Ossian Youth Hostel

Changing times at Nevis Range Mountain Experience!

Lochaber Tourism Day with Cal Mac – Debate, Engage, Network

Jura, the Border Collie, trains to become the first Ski Patrol rescue dog at Nevis Range

Nevis Range and Trek announce a partnership for 2018/19

Glen Nevis Youth Hostel re-opens after major redevelopment project

Summer Youth Hostel Returns to Glasgow

‘Connect To Your Adventure!’ – big success in just 7 weeks

The ultimate runners’ sightseeing tour of Edinburgh returns

Discover Scotland’s ‘Braw Buildings’ with Hostelling Scotland

The Ultra Tour of Arran, a big draw for international adventure tourists

Get your adventure challenge on with Project: Explore

Figurehead environmental campaigner, Dave Morris, wins top mountain award

Route announcement confirmed for HSBC City Ride in Edinburgh

Immerse yourself in Lochaber Ideas Week 2019

Media Advisory – 500 runners to tame Edinburgh with the inaugural Ultra Tour

‘Death Zone’ mountaineer, Nirmal Purja, to headline Fort William Mountain Festival 2020

Run Scotland on The Ultra Tour of Arran

Celebrating 90 years of Scottish hostelling

SYHA Hostelling Scotland assist in a Recovery Version

‘What would Mary do?’ at the Fort William Mountain Festival

OATS in search of a Fairy Pool of staff

Millburn Academy ensures a warm welcome to Inverness Youth Hostel

The new Pentland Trail Centre – The future for Edinburgh biking

Visit Moray Speyside launches their biggest ever UK marketing campaign

Hostelling Scotland to temporarily close Youth Hostel network

Loch Ossian and Torridon Youth Hostels shortlisted in TGO Reader Awards

OCUK unveil their new branded gondola at Nevis Range

Coast to Coast – run, bike ride and kayak 105 miles across Scotland

Lochaber community is pulling together to give Nevis Range a lift after lockdown!

Are you hard enough to take on The Double Stalker?

A muckin’ great Audax, perfect for Cream o’ the Croft road cyclists

Fort William Mountain Festival 2021 goes Covid-19 safe

Dr Liz Cameron, Scotland’s voice of business, to headline women’s networking lunch

Nevis Range is making it snow all season long!

Business Community Programme launched for Lochaber Ideas Week 2018

Gold and Silver gongs for Torridon and Loch Ossian Youth Hostels in TGO Reader Awards

Nevis Range to turn back the clock to 1989 to celebrate 30 years of adventure

Big Biking October – two International bike events for the Outdoor Capital

Top award for World renowned Scottish landscape photographer, Colin Prior

New look Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel, new era of hostelling in the Capital

Inverness Youth Hostel gets a fresh new look

Chris O’Brien appointed Destination Manager for the Outdoor Capital of the UK

Fort William has all the Mòd cons

#myoutdoorcapital – OCUK to put visitors firmly in the frame

Epic Halloween tale of ‘Ned vs Monster’ in the Outdoor Capital

Start your Highland biking adventure at the new Nevis Range Bike School

SYHA appoints Lois Marshall as Youth & Volunteer Engagement Manager

Developing for the future at Nevis Range!

New Lochaber website aiming high

SYHA Hostelling Scotland – building Scottish hostelling for the future

The UK’s first waymarked gravel cycling trails opened near Aberfoyle

Fort William – the perfect cruise destination

Media Advisory – UK’s highest Shinty match to promote tourism in Lochaber

Three female adventurers to take on epic 1936 cycling trip

Lochaber’s ‘Connect to Your Adventure’ digital marketing campaign, a huge success

Lochaber Tourism Summit 2019, a must-attend event for Highland tourism businesses

SYHA opens new summer youth hostel in Edinburgh

Gravelfoyle – Gravel Cycling at the heart of Aberfoyle’s new tourism brand

Fort William Mountain Festival back to a live, multi-venue event in 2022

New hydro scheme powers Scottish mountain resort

Hostelling Scotland, a new brand identity unveiled

VisitScotland’s Lord Thurso to deliver The Charles Kennedy Memorial Lecture

Lochaber’s Nevis Range becomes an accredited Living Wage employer

An appetite for adventure in the North West Highlands

Paul Merton Visits SYHA’s Loch Ossian Hostel – Paul Merton’s Secret Stations

Outdoor Capital Activities and Attractions Expo open for tourism business

The Cream of Enduro will rise to the top at Comrie Croft

‘A Meeting of Minds 2’ celebrates innovation in Scotland’s aquaculture sector

People are at the heart of SYHA Hostelling Scotland!

Nevis Range moving forward with interim CEO Rod Pashley

Nevis Range and Trek renew commercial partnership for 2019/20

Two Scottish youth hostels celebrate landmark anniversaries

Media Advisory – Images – The Ultra Tour of Edinburgh

Young people invited to collaborate in Muckin’ good summer festivals

Nevis Range, Scotland’s highest snowsports destination, open for business

Entries open for SKI-AN-DURO, Scotland’s new ski and mountain bike Enduro

Youth development key to Edinburgh Central’s 10th Anniversary

Go Swim Loch Lomond – a new open water event for Scotland

Haggis from Scotland’s first free-range Haggis farm goes on sale in Lochaber

Frazer Coupland appointed Chair of The Highland Tourism Partnership

Noel Williams wins 2019 Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture

SYHA collaborates with Glasgow Caledonian University

Planning on holidaying at home? Give hostelling a go!

Lochaber Ideas Week returns to Fort William after a two-year covid hiatus

Nevis Range looks forward to reopening in July

Finance and Economy Secretary, Kate Forbes, opens car park and off-grid toilets at Skye’s Iconic Fairy Pools

Enduro riders, prepare yourselves for a Highland Clan battle!

SKI-AN-DURO, a new ski and mountain bike Enduro for Scotland

300 Dutch adventurers to run, bike and kayak across Scotland

SYHA’s Glasgow Metro youth hostel awarded 3 stars by VisitScotland

Scottish Climbing Instructor, Tim Miller, wins Youth Mountain Culture Award

Danny MacAskill launches video, ‘Danny Daycare’. Best ‘uncle’ ever?

Keith Legge, CEO of SYHA Hostelling Scotland, steps down after 13 years