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Hostelling Scotland’s network opens for 2023. Give hostelling a go!

Hostelling Scotland, the self-funded charity accommodation provider, is delighted to announce that from 01 April 2023, its network of nearly 60 quality-assured Youth Hostels and affiliate hostels located throughout Scotland is open for bookings.  The hostels look forward to welcoming everyone with an adventurous spirit for the spring and summer seasons and early indications suggest it is going to be a busy year ahead.

There are plenty of locations to choose from, from cities to islands, beaches to hills and mountains, and everything in between.  Hostels offer private rooms, shared dorms, well-equipped self-catering kitchens and comfy lounge and dining room spaces.  They are an ideal choice for individuals, couples, families and groups who want to enjoy a quality, affordable and sustainable focused staycation. 

Hostels are perfectly set up for curious travellers, city explorers, and culture and adventure seekers wishing to explore Scotland’s stunning countryside, urban landscape, history, environment and natural heritage.  They offer a flexible, safe and relaxed base to create those special memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Dog owners don’t have to miss out on that special hostelling experience.  They can now plan their next city break or remote countryside adventure, together with their four-legged friends, at 16 dog-friendly ‘WoofHostels’ within the network. Since 2019, when Hostelling Scotland’s first dog-friendly hostel was introduced, WoofHostelling has become increasingly popular with dog owners.  There are treats on arrival, ‘Paws for water’ stations, fantastic drying rooms for the unpredictable Scottish weather, comfy lounges and a host of fantastic locations to choose from.


RentaHostel, Hostelling Scotland’s exclusive private hire properties have also increased in popularity, particularly for those planning a family gathering, a celebration with a group of friends, or for walking or mountaineering clubs keen to get out into the hills for a weekend away. 

Hostelling Scotland’s CEO, Margo Paterson, said: “We’re looking forward to a fantastic year of hostelling ahead, welcoming new and returning guests to the hostelling experience. Cook up a storm in our self-catering kitchens, revisit the day’s adventures over a cuppa, glass of wine or a local beer with friends in the lounge and enjoy a good night’s sleep in a private en-suite room, or a bed in a shared dorm. From family holidays by the beach to backpacking and biking adventures, hostelling is open to all and really is a fantastic way to explore and enjoy Scotland without breaking the bank!”

All available accommodation can now be booked on the Hostelling Scotland website, or by contacting the Reservation Team at [email protected]



A selection of Hostelling Scotland posted.  Please credit Hostelling Scotland.

Notes to Editors:

Since 1931 Hostelling Scotland has provided a warm welcome and affordable, comfy, safe and quality-assured accommodation to their guests.  Hostels provide a great base for individuals and groups looking to explore and enjoy all that Scotland has to offer.

The network continues to capture the true spirit of hostelling – to make Scotland more accessible to more people than anyone else, offering affordable and flexible accommodation, self-catering kitchens and shared lounge and dining room spaces.

Guests can discover the real Scotland through sustainable active travel.  They also have access to local world-class food and drink on the doorstep that can be prepared in the self-catering kitchens whilst sharing the day’s adventures with fellow hostellers.  

Hostelling Scotland operates 29 youth hostels and 23 affiliate hostels and the charity prides itself on being the largest participant in the youth hostel market in Scotland.  In recent years the network has welcomed up to 380,000 guests annually with a turnover of £9M and an estimated annual contribution to the Scottish visitor economy of £25M. 

Hostelling Scotland is a membership organisation with over 9,000 lifetime members and is part of a global youth hostelling network. 

As a charity committed to ensuring that everyone can learn and experience what Scotland has to offer, Hostelling Scotland’s youth, family and community programmes are an important part of its ethos.

Hostelling Scotland will be re-launching youth, family and community programmes for 2024 breaks. These support a diverse range of groups and individuals, helping them explore Scotland and experience hostelling.

Hostelling Scotland is excited to launch a new 2023-2025 Recovery Strategy which concentrates on improving the long-term viability of the organisation through meaningful activities that will provide the necessary reserves to develop, invest and grow the organisation ahead of the Centenary in 2031.

This much-loved and well-established charity accommodation provider is committed to staying true to its values by offering the best hostelling experience throughout Scotland for everyone.

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