Independent hostels, like youth hostels, have dorms and private rooms, flexible lengths of stay and self catering kitchens designed for groups. Only a small amount of the self catering accommodation featured on this website is affiliated to the Youth Hostel Association YHA or Scottish Youth Hostel Association SYHA. So you are doubling your choice of accommodation if you use both the YHA and Independent networks. There are over 400 hostels and bunkhouses in the Independent Hostel Guide and this is the only place you will find information about some of the former youth hostels, bunkhouses and camping barns.
Hostels and bunkhouses are ideal for walkers, cyclists and family holidays in the UK while City, Backpackers and Boutique Hostels cater for young or independent travellers. Hostels are perfect for self catering holidays and ideal for a stop-over to break a long journey. Unlike holiday cottages, hostels provide accommodation for stays as short as one night. They also provide self catering group accommodation ideal for schools, groups and reunions of families and friends. There are hostels by the Sea, in the Mountains and in National Parks. All the self catering accommodation on this website welcomes groups and over 80% is also available to individuals. Hostels are sustainable by nature and many are Eco Hostels with green awards. Some are ideal for retreats. Over a quarter of the accommodation on this website is dog friendly and many have some level of accessibility and we even have a list of Luxury Bunkhouses and Luxury Camping Barns! A selection of hostels and bunkhouses welcome stag and hen parties and over a hundred are within walking distance of a pub. Nearly every hostel and bunkhouse has a self catering kitchen and many provide a Best Price Guarantee, ensuring the prices they offer you through this website are the best value you will ever find. Looking for the hostel experience but on a smaller scale? Our Small Hostels Map page has 26 lovely hostels, bunkhouses and camping barns in stunning locations all with less than 10 beds.
Use the Regional Maps , including Long Distance Trails, at the top of this website to find your perfect hostel, bunkhouse, camping barn or group accommodation. Or use the Find By: filters to create a unique map of your own. You can display accommodation with the facilities you require using the Facilities filter. To refine your display to the area you wish to visit you can combine the Facilities filter with a Location filter by performing one action after the other. You can combine any of the Location : Facilities : Activities : Availability: filters on the top bar using the same method of performing one action after the other.
Use the Send Enquiry button, on the top bar, to email a list of hostels and bunkhouses selected as ideal for your holiday after a few short questions. Or contact individual hostels and bunkhouses directly from their features. There are links to the accommodations own websites and where the accommodation operates online booking this is available on their features and via the Availability filter. All contacts and booking made via on this website go direct to the hostel owners or their online booking portals without incurring any fees.