Hostelling is one of the best ways to explore Scotland. From private and en-suite rooms to a comfortable bed in shared accommodation, youth hostels are a great choice for anyone travelling on a budget – perfect if you’re planning a weekend escape or staycation.
From cities to islands, beaches to hills and mountains, you can find a great choice of unique hostels in some of the finest locations around Scotland.
BEACHES AND ISLANDS
Scotland has some of the most stunning beaches in the world – it even boasts the highest sandy beach in Britain at Loch Morlich in Cairngorms National Park, known as ‘the beach in the mountains’. Achmelvich Beach is one of the finest beaches in Scotland.
Sitting on the famous NC500, the sheltered white sands of this beach are the perfect starting point for stunning coastal and hill walks, with miles of unspoilt coastline and wildlife waiting to be discovered. The crystal clear waters make this area a popular base for water sports.Affectionally known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’, the Isle of Arran is a great place to explore and easy to get to from Glasgow.
Jump on a train in the city centre and connect to a ferry – a crossing of less than an hour. Arran is famous for its local produce and you can easily taste your way around the island sampling locally produced and award-winning cheese, beer, oatcakes, chocolates, ice cream and whisky! Local food and drink aside, there’s plenty to do on the island – from hiking and cycling to water activities and spotting local wildlife.
The Isle of Skye’s dramatic landscape has been used in many film and TV productions, including The Land That Time Forgot, The BFG, Stardust and cult classic The Wicker Man. Visit this island, off Scotland’s north west coast, and find out why so many film makers have been inspired by Skye’s epic mountains and chosen this remarkable setting as the backdrop for their films.
Explore Scotland’s cities and discover an exciting mix of cultural attractions, shopping and THE BEST nightlife. Spend a weekend in Glasgow, the UK’s friendliest city, and visit free museums like Kelvingrove Art Gallery and The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel.
Hang out in Finnieston and Ashton Lane in the city’s vibrant west end with a fantastic range of pubs and restaurants to choose from. Heading north? Aberdeenshire has some of Scotland’s most famous and dramatic castles and is home to some of the country’s finest distilleries. Stay in the city and explore the traditional and unspoiled fishing village of Footdee.
Visit the famous Ashvale chip shop in the city centre and take on the Ashvale Whale Challenge – see if you can eat a 1lb haddock fillet! Wash it down with some ‘Fierce Beer’ – one of the city’s most popular craft beers.
Discover Scotland’s capital city and visit The Elephant House, famous for its connections with a certain young boy wizard! Visit Edinburgh’s most famous close, The Real Mary Kings Close, which sits beneath the Royal Mile and uncover the city’s hidden history.
Home to the world’s largest arts festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe is not to be missed – this year it kicks off on August 2nd and runs until August 26th. Whether you’re into music, dance, drama, arts, cabaret, books, or comedy, the Fringe has got it covered. Make sure you book your stay in advance as affordable accommodation is hard to find at this time of year.
HILLS AND MOUNTAINS
From the Cuillins to the Cairngorms, Scotland’s hills and mountains are natural playgrounds for those looking for a little adventure in their lives. To experience the ultimate Munro head to Fort William in the UK’s Outdoor Capital and scale the UK’s highest peak Ben Nevis.
Head further north and discover the rugged corries and tumbling waterfalls of Torridon’s spectacular hills – the ideal remedy for those that want to switch off from the pressures of everyday life.
The North West Highlands is famous for its breath-taking scenery and the mighty Liathach mountain with its two munros, towering above the local Torridon Youth Hostel is no exception.
There’s lots to do in the area – from hiking to mountain biking and kayaking. With one of the finest natural larders in Scotland there’s always time to relax and enjoy some of the local food and drink!
It’s cheap to go hostelling and you can discover the most beautiful country in the world!
To find out more about Scotland’s popular destinations visit: hostellingscotland.org.uk