Littlehouse Media

Hostelling Scotland to temporarily close Youth Hostel network

Following the latest Government guidelines to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Hostelling Scotland has today, 23 March 2020, announced the temporary closure of all 33 Youth Hostels within its network across the country with immediate effect; and until further notice.


Hostelling Scotland is a self-funding charitable organisation with 33 hostels located throughout Scotland, accommodating more than 340,000 guests every year, with a turnover of £9m and an estimated contribution to the Scottish visitor economy of £25m.  Their mission is to make more of Scotland more accessible to more people than anyone else, especially young people. Their aim is to provide great value, affordable, flexible and welcoming accommodation in the best locations the length and breadth of the country.


Statement on the Coronavirus outbreak from Margo Paterson, Chief Executive of Hostelling Scotland


Margo Paterson, Chief Executive of Hostelling Scotland, said: “It is with great sadness that we have had to temporarily close our Youth Hostel network until further notice.  However, the health, safety and wellbeing of our people and guests along with protecting the communities in which we all live and work is our utmost priority at this time.


“The current situation is difficult for everyone and if ever there was a time for communicating with mutual understanding, this is it.  We will keep in touch with you through our monthly e-newsletters and social media channels. You’ll find us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. Further information is always available on our website – – and you can also email us with any enquiries direct at [email protected].
We really appreciate the hard work being carried out by all healthcare workers and those on the front line, looking after people and keeping us safe.  Although our hostels are closing, we shall be talking with the NHS and other public services to see how best our hostels can support essential services.\
“Thank you for your continued support of Hostelling Scotland.  It gives heart and hope to hear messages of support and to know that so many people have plans to explore this beautiful country of ours and to stay in our Youth Hostels in the future.


“When we all start travelling again, we will be here for you and ready to provide the warm welcome you’ve come to expect from our organisation.  Please stay well and look after one another.


“We look forward to welcoming you again very soon.”




Media contact:

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


Useful links:

Hostelling Scotland –

Hostelling Scotland on Twitter – #ourplaceisyours

Hostelling Scotland on Facebook –

Hostelling Scotland on Instagram –

Hostelling Scotland on LinkedIn –


Notes to Editors:

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.


Following a strategic review of the organisation, early in 2018, the much-loved hostelling accommodation provider is now known as Hostelling Scotland. The new identity follows on from extensive marketing research and reflects the organisation’s commitment to understanding the needs of its members, guests and employees as the modern face of Scottish Hostelling.  The name also more clearly indicates its representation of Hostelling International within Scotland.


Both the changes in trading name and logo highlight a commitment to ensuring Scotland’s leading hostelling organisation remains relevant in the modern context.

You Might Also Like

SYHA Hostelling Scotland assist in a Recovery Version

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

Enduro riders, prepare yourselves for a Highland Clan battle!

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

Route announcement confirmed for HSBC City Ride in Edinburgh

Nevis Range team up with Endura

100th Birthday of Scottish World War 2 Defence of Dunkirk Veteran (Royal Scots)

Nevis Range moving forward with interim CEO Rod Pashley

Frazer Coupland appointed Chair of The Highland Tourism Partnership

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

Glen Nevis Youth Hostel re-opens after major redevelopment project

Summer Youth Hostel Returns to Glasgow

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

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

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

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

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

Two Scottish youth hostels celebrate landmark anniversaries

Immerse yourself in Lochaber Ideas Week 2019

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

Dunkirk – The Untold Story of The Royal Scots

Scran Academy reach 100,000 essential meals delivery milestone

Inverness Youth Hostel gets a fresh new look

SYHA collaborates with Glasgow Caledonian University

Run Scotland on The Ultra Tour of Arran

The new Pentland Trail Centre – The future for Edinburgh biking

Fort William Mountain Festival 2021 goes Covid-19 safe

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

Media Advisory – Images – The Ultra Tour of Edinburgh

300 Dutch adventurers to run, bike and kayak across Scotland

Outdoor Capital Activities and Attractions Expo open for tourism business

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

Millburn Academy ensures a warm welcome to Inverness Youth Hostel

Nevis Range and Trek announce a partnership for 2018/19

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

Hostelling Scotland, a new brand identity unveiled

People are at the heart of SYHA Hostelling Scotland!

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

New European partnership to upskill adventure tourism in five countries

Get your adventure challenge on with Project: Explore

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

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

Business Community Programme launched for Lochaber Ideas Week 2018

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

New hydro scheme powers Scottish mountain resort

Noel Williams wins 2019 Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture

Planning on holidaying at home? Give hostelling a go!

Margo Paterson appointed as CEO of SYHA Hostelling Scotland

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

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

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

Sporting legend Gavin Hastings to inspire Lochaber at Ideas Week 2017

Hostelling Scotland opens four summer youth hostels in 2018

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

Victory Over Japan Day 2020 – The Royal Scots commemorate their fallen comrades from the Far-East Conflict

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

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

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

Discover Scotland’s ‘Braw Buildings’ with Hostelling Scotland

Nevis Range looks forward to reopening in July

Figurehead environmental campaigner, Dave Morris, wins top mountain award

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

Changing times at Nevis Range Mountain Experience!

SYHA appoints Lois Marshall as Youth & Volunteer Engagement Manager

SYHA partners with Ayrshire College for valuable volunteer experience

Top award for World renowned Scottish landscape photographer, Colin Prior

Youth development key to Edinburgh Central’s 10th Anniversary

Fort William – the perfect cruise destination

SYHA Hostelling Scotland – building Scottish hostelling for the future

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

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

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

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

Young people invited to collaborate in Muckin’ good summer festivals

Nevis Range and Trek renew commercial partnership for 2019/20

Hot water on tap for Loch Ossian Youth Hostel

#myoutdoorcapital – OCUK to put visitors firmly in the frame

Fort William has all the Mòd cons

The ultimate runners’ sightseeing tour of Edinburgh returns

SYHA opens new summer youth hostel in Edinburgh

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

OCUK unveil their new branded gondola at Nevis Range

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

New Lochaber website aiming high

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

Nevis Range is making it snow all season long!

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

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

Celebrating 90 years of Scottish hostelling

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

Are you hard enough to take on The Double Stalker?