In the UK there are over 150 hostels and bunkhouses by the sea.
From the wild seas of the Cornish Coast to the white sands of the Hebrides you will find hostels and bunkhouses offering self catering accommodation.
Some places have sea views from the self catering kitchens, bedrooms or gardens and many are a short walk from the beach or coastal path.
Coastal hostels and bunkhouses come in all shapes and sizes, from the modern and purpose built to the small and quirky
Bunkhouses and hostels by the Sea
Dial House, Harbour Way, Brancaster Staithe, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE31 8BW
This National Trust Grade ll listed flint cottage lies in the picturesque harbour of Brancaster Staithe on the North Norfolk Coast. With stunning sea views across the beautiful marshes. Groups of up to 22 or 48 can be accommodated (sole occupancy). Self-cater in the well equipped kitchen, or eat out in nearby pubs and cafés. The upstairs ‘snug’ has a TV and woodburner and there is a garden with seating. Perfect for sailing, walking, kite surfing, bird watching & the Norfolk Coast Path.
Lower Penderleath Farm, Towednack, St.Ives, Cornwall, TR26 3AF
Just three miles from St Ives' beaches & 5 miles from Penzance, Lower Penderleath Farm Hostel provides self-catering accommodation in four twin rooms and one alpine dormitory for 12. Plus a self contained family maisonette with small kitchen and private shower & toilet. BYO sleeping bags. Pub food in two local villages is within walking distance. Bedding not provided.
Countisbury, Lynton, Devon, EX35 6NE
Owned and managed by the National Trust, Exmoor Bunkhouse is the perfect base for groups or families visiting Exmoor National Park. Located at Countisbury, the bunkhouse is close to the Watersmeet Valleys and the picturesque North Devon coastal villages of Lynton and Lynmouth.
Enjoy walking, horse riding or surfing on nearby Atlantic coast beaches. Larger groups can holiday together at nearby Butter Hill Barn, (also in this guide).
The Old Church, Breadalbane St, Oban, Argyll, PA34 5PH
Many people's favourite hostel thanks to its friendly atmosphere, the beautiful seaside town setting and its excellent facilities. Enjoy free WiFi, free breakfast, free all-day hot drinks, clean spacious rooms, secure bike storage, laundry service, communal areas, strong hot showers, comfortable beds and a well-equipped self-catering kitchen. The lively town of Oban has direct ferry access to the many beautiful Scottish Isles.
36 Waterloo Street, Brighton and Hove, BN3 1AY
Seadragon Backpackers is close to the sea front in the seaside resort of Brighton. The kitchen is the focal point of the hostel, where people have been meeting over a cup of tea and a slice of toast since 2006.
There’s a sunny airy living room and a choice of private rooms and small dorms, some with a sea view. Use the travel guides and maps provided together with the free WiFi to plan you next adventure.
Borth, Ceredigion, Wales, SY24 5JS
If you are heading to West Wales, maybe considering visiting the Ynyslas National Nature Reserve why not stay a night at Borth Youth Hostel?
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Isle of Cumbrae, North Ayrshire, KA28 0EG
FSC Millport is on the tiny Isle of Cumbrae off the west coast of Scotland. It is remarkably accessible, just 1.5 hours from Glasgow. Recently refurbished to a high standard it sleeps 139 across 64 rooms. Ideally suited to schools & clubs there’s plenty of classroom and communal space. It is also perfect for family & group holidays or celebrations. Book room only, B&B or full board. Self catering is possible with sole use. A wide variety of outdoor activities are available.
Lime Park, Broadford, Isle of Skye IV49 9AE
Skye Basecamp is a fabulous centrally located hostel with individual beds in small dormitories & private en suite rooms. Perfect for lovers of the great outdoors, with hot showers, comfy beds and a great drying room. Shops & bars all within walking distance. Knowledgeable staff and enthusiastic guests create a fantastic atmosphere. Join us for sunset panoramas across the shores of Broadford Bay or take a stroll to the beach with its resident otters.
Benmhor, Kyleakin, Skye, IV41 8PH
Whether your visit to Skye is to tackle the mighty mountains, meet the legendary faeries or simply to chill out, Skye Backpackers is the place for you. Located in the fishing village of Kyleakin surrounded by mountains and sea, the hostel has dorm, double and twin rooms. All beds come with sheets, duvets and 2 pillows. There is a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, a sunny dining area, as much free tea, coffee & hot chocolate as you can drink, free WiFi, a cosy lounge with a real fire and spectacular views.
Torran Farm, Ford, Lochgilphead. PA31 8RH
With 16 en suite rooms, Torran Bay Hostel lies at the southern end of Loch Awe. A perfect base for your holiday.
Enjoy excellent fishing or launch your boat from Torran Farm land and spend the day on the 25 mile long loch. Other activities include hiking, cycling, bird watching or golf. Prices includes continental breakfast and all rooms have TV and DVD.
Gwastad Agnes Off Panorama Road, Barmouth, Gwynedd, LL42 1DX
Whether you’re a lone cyclist or a group of walkers you will love discovering this cosy, clean and comfortable accommodation with breathtaking views of Cader Idris and Cardigan Bay.
Handy for Cycle Route 8, the Cambrian Way & Mawddach Trail and at only £15 per night Bunkorama is an ideal place to make a stopover or spend a few days exploring the mountains, rivers and beaches of the Cambrian Coast.
Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. SA62 3RD
FSC Dale Fort is a Field Studies Council centre on a cliff top on the Pembrokeshire Coast, within walking distance of beaches & the Wales Coastal Path. Built in 1856 as a defensive fort, it now accommodates individuals, families & groups of all sizes up to a max of 139. Ideally suited to schools, clubs, conferences and private groups, facilities include 3 accommodation blocks with single, twin, family & dormitory rooms (many en suite), meeting rooms, a large library which can easily seat 100 & plenty of communal areas. Outside there a several games areas. Self catering is possible with sole use, otherwise meals are provided. Outdoor activities are available.
Slapton, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 2QP
FSC Start Bay is a Field Studies Council centre overlooking the South Devon coast offering 4* accommodation to groups of 20-40. Facilities include a well equipped self catering kitchen and plenty of communal areas with space for everyone to eat and relax together. Outside, along with panoramic views of the coastline, there's a BBQ area, fire pit and low ropes course. Perfect for schools, clubs and gatherings of friends and families the centre gives a wonderful sense of remoteness, yet has the village of Slapton nearby with its shop and pubs. A range of outdoor activities can be organised for your group.
Countisbury Hill, Nr Lymouth, Devon.
Berry Lawn Linhay Bothy is a stone tent perched on top of some of England’s highest cliffs, with amazing views over the Bristol Channel, Watersmeet Valley and Exmoor.
Ideal as an overnight stop for walkers on the South West Coast Path the bothy welcomes up to two dogs and has no parking.
There is a pub in 500m and the seaside town of Lynmouth is 2 miles away.
5 Drinishader, Isle of Harris, HS3 3DX
N°5 Drinishader is on the Isle of Harris, 5 miles from Tarbert & 8 miles from the famous white sandy beaches. Situated above Drinishader harbour, overlooking the beautiful East Loch Tarbert, the hostel & self-catering units provide a variety of accommodation for individuals, families & groups. Pick-up services from Tarbert can be arranged for a small cost. Your perfect base for coastal/hill walking, cycling, kayaking, boat trips, sightseeing and bird/wildlife watching. Breakfast & packed lunches can be provided.
18 Yealand Rd, Yealand Conyers, Carnforth, Lancashire LA5 9SH
Yealand Old School provides newly refurbished, self-catering accommodation with en suite bedrooms and group dorms. Relax in the grounds of the Quaker Meeting House. A short stroll from Summerhouse Hill and Warton Crag amidst spectacular limestone scenery and nature reserves. LEJOG passes the front door on Route 6. Quiet village location with pub serving food.
Ayre, Coo Road, Sanday, Orkney KW17 2AY
Sanday is the perfect place to take time out, with long stretches of unspoilt sandy beaches, an abundance of birds, seals and other wildlife, glittering seas, clear air and spectacular skies. Those lucky enough to live here enjoy a rare quality of life in a small, friendly and safe community. Enjoy the views over the Holms of Ire from the conservatory in this 4* hostel.
Penrose Bunk House, Gunwalloe, Helston, Cornwall TR12 7PY
On the edge of the Penrose Estate, the gateway to The Lizard Peninsula.
Penrose bunkhouse is right next to the SW Coast Path and has great access to many local walks, trails and cycling routes. Penrose, is home to many rare species of wildlife as well as Cornwall’s largest freshwater lake, the Loe. The perfect location to base your group for wildlife adventures, walking and activity holidays or a break away from it all. The bunkhouse sleeps 16 in three rooms and is well equipped for self catering.
Heddon Valley, Jose's Ln, Barnstaple EX31 4PY
Heddon Orchard Bothy is a four person hideaway located deep in the remote Heddon Valley. Close to the South west Coast Path and Heddon’s Mouth pebble beach on the Exmoor coast.
Embrace this remote rustic accommodation by bringing your own bedding/mats, cooking/BBQ equipment and a torch for the star lite walk to the toilet/washroom. The welcoming Hunter’s Inn Hotel is just 50 metres away.
Glebe Barn, Isle of Eigg, Inner Hebrides, PH42 4RL
Glebe Barn offers 4* homely accommodation on the extraordinary Isle of Eigg within 1 mile of the island shop & café/restaurant. Outstanding sea views and sleeping up to 22 in twin, triple, family & dorm rooms. Perfect for individuals, families or groups. Also two person mezzanine apartment.
Beck Head Farm, Witherslack, Grange Over Sands. Cumbria, LA11 6SH
Located between Grange Over Sands and Kendal on the northern shore of Morecambe Bay. The bunkhouse is within the beautiful Whitbarrow Nature Reserve in the southern Lake District. Built for cyclists and walkers with drying room, laundry, communal kitchen, diner, lounges, secure cycle storage, workshop and bike wash. Perfect for groups, families and individuals. Just 500m from the Morecambe ‘Bay Cycle Way’, the Lakes & Dales Loop and NCN 700 & 70 E-bike hire is available on site.
Longstone Lodge & Cafe St. Marys Isles of Scilly TR21 0NW
Opened on the 1st May 2018 the Isles of Scilly's first every hostel! Longstone Lodge sleeps up to 25 in single, twins and family rooms as well as dorm beds. The hostel has a large communal kitchen/lounge/diner and a laundry room, as well as large grounds with children's play. Situated in the heart of St Mary's, Scilly's largest island, it's the perfect base for visiting these stunning islands
Church Place, Findhorn, Forres, Moray, IV36 3YR
Findhorn Village Hostel is just a stone's throw from the beautiful Moray Coast. Great wildlife sites and the Speyside distilleries are within reach. The hostel provides newly renovated self-catering accommodation for groups or individuals. There are shared bunkrooms, a two person room and an en suite family room. A new annex (6 beds) has a small kitchenette and en suite shower rooms.
Sanachan Bunkhouse, Kishorn, Strathcarron, Ross-shire, IV54 8XA
Sanachan Bunkhouse, in Kishorn, is the perfect base for walking, climbing, kayaking, cycling & sailing in Wester Ross. After a fun-filled day, your group can return to a warm bunkhouse, comfy bunks, hot showers and simple living. There is parking for six cars and beds for twelve, split between three rooms (please bring a sleeping bag).The bunkhouse is well equipped for self-catering, with enough tables & chairs for everyone. Laundry/drying, outside recreation and BBQ.
Rhyd Ddu, Snowdonia, Wales LL54 6TL
The Rhyd Ddu Bunkhouse provides group accommodation at the foot of Snowdon and the Nantlle Ridge. Sleeping 30 in 6 bedrooms, it has a fully equipped kitchen and a large communal dining room with a big screen - great for movie nights! Glorious views, central heating, fast WiFi, parking, secure bike storage, drying room and a large garden. Bring your own sleeping bag, pillow case and towel. A pub, café, and steam train station are all within 2 minutes’ walk.
Kershader, South Lochs, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9QA
On the unspoiled Isle of Lewis, Ravenspoint Hostel sits on the shores of Loch Erisort, providing comfortable accommodation in a traditional crofting community where Gaelic is still spoken on a daily basis.
Whether travelling by bike, car or on foot, look out for white-tailed eagles, otters, deer and enjoy exploring the community-owned Pairc Estate on which the hostel sits alongside a small shop, tea-room, fuel service and museum.
14 West Argyle St. Ullapool, IV26 2TY
The Ceilidh Place, in the centre of Ullapool, is a unique small complex, consisting of a music venue/performance space, restaurant, hotel, bar, bookshop, coffee shop, gallery and bunkhouse. There are regular ceilidhs, concerts & plays. The bunkhouse (group only) does not have self-catering facilities but the coffee shop is open from 8.30am to late evening all week including weekends. Rooms are also available in the hotel. The village of Ullapool is a small exciting port and fishing town, with ferries from the Outer Hebrides. Hill walkers and families especially love staying here.
Hemscott Hill Farm, Widdrington, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 5EQ
On the Northumberland Coast close to Amble and Warkworth, Calico Barn is perfect for walkers and cyclists on NCN1 and Coast & Castles routes. The bunkhouse has a log burner and is designed to be a home from home. Fully equipped kitchen and dining area, private and shared rooms with comfortable bunk beds. Cereal breakfast included and self-cook breakfast packs available. Veranda and paddock outside.
Tower Windmill, Tower Road, Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk, PE31 8JB
Built in 1816 and last used as a working mill in 1914, this National Trust bunkhouse has panoramic views of the countryside and the Norfolk coastline.
A perfect venue and location for groups of family and friends to get together and explore the local beaches and miles of public footpaths. Featuring a well equipped ground floor kitchen, sitting/dining area, a third floor library and large enclosed garden. BYO bedding and linen.
La Rue de la Pouclee et des Quatre Chemins, St Martins, Jersey, JE3 6DU
Close to the pretty fishing port of Gorey in St. Martins. Camping and a range of B&B rooms from twin en suites to private dormitories with shared showers. The perfect mix for individuals or groups. Large communal WiFi lounge with TV & DVDs and a games room. Additional costs include: self catering kitchen, sauna, laundry and packed lunches. Adventure activities can be arranged.
Tyngwndwn Farm, Cilcennin, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 8RJ
Nestled between the Cambrian Mountains and Cardigan Bay, Naturesbase is 9 acres of flower rich meadows and woodland, 10 minutes drive from the Welsh coast. With a mixture of wooden lodges, camping, barn and a Shepherds Hut, Naturesbase is ideal for families, couples and groups wanting to enjoy the open countryside and all that nature has to offer.
Grange over Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6QT
Castle Head Field Studies Council centre is set in a country mansion with 20 hectares of private grounds on the southern edge of the Lake District National Park. Sleeping up to 157 across 33 rooms it lends itself perfectly to school groups, reunions, walking holidays, clubs, weddings, family gatherings and celebrations. Facilities include large dining hall, self catering kitchen, TV lounge, library area, two large common rooms, a cosy lounge with open fire, large sports hall and four classroom. Catered packages available. Outdoor activities can be arranged. Dogs are welcome.
Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, SA71 5EZ
FSC Orielton is a Field Studies Council centre set in a Georgian mansion close to Pembroke. Accommodating groups of all sizes up to 130, the centre is perfect for schools, clubs, conferences and family celebrations. It sits in 48 hectares of private grounds, including woodlands, meadows, ponds and streams. A wide range of outdoor activities can be provided both on and off site. The stunning Pembrokshire coastline with its beautiful beaches is just a short drive away.
The Venture Centre, Maughold, Isle of Man, IM7 1AW
Maughold Venture Centre Bunkhouse overlooks farmland with views out to sea. The popular beach of Port e Vullen is just 10 min's walk away. Enjoy self-catering accommodation, with en suite, centrally heated rooms. Tasty meals are available from the neighbouring Venture Centre, where you can also book kayaking, abseiling, air rifle shooting, archery, gorge walking, dinghy sailing & team events. With its own stop, Lewaigue Halt, on the Manx Electric Railway you have easy access to Douglas, Ramsey, mountains & tranquil glens.
Porthdafarch Road, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 2LP
Anglesey Outdoors is an ideal base for groups, individuals or families. It is just a mile from Porthdafarch Beach & the coastal path and only 2km from Sustrans Cycle Route 8. It has four self contained areas each with their own self-catering & bathroom facilities. These can be hired individually or together. Full catering an option and there’s an on-site bar/bistro. Yurts and cabans also available.
16 The Parks, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 8BS
Base Lodge is your perfect base for exploring Exmoor, the Quantocks and North Devon. The South West Coast Path starts in Minehead and there is excellent mountain biking. Guided biking, navigational training, climbing, surfing, pony trekking and natural history walks can all be arranged. Base Lodge is clean, comfortable with self-catering and a cosy log burner.
Hillside Farm, Boustead Hill, Burgh-by-Sands, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA5 6AA
A Georgian farmstead, still a working farm, right on Hadrian’s Wall National Trail and Cycleway near the Solway Coast AONB. Stunning views over the Solway Firth marshes towards Scotland. Bunkbarn or B&B rooms available. The bunkbarn, in a converted stable block, has cooking facilities & hot showers. Towels and sleeping bags can be hired. The bunk barn is heated with a bio mass boiler. Breakfast or bacon sandwiches available with notice. Walking, cycling and family groups are most welcome.
The Blue Dolphin, Alexandra Road, Penzance, TR18 4LZ
Whether you’re looking for sandy beaches and sheltered coves, the storm lashed cliffs of Land’s End, sub-tropical gardens, international artists, the remains of ancient cultures, or just somewhere to relax and take time out, Penzance Backpackers is for you. Situated close to the sea front and the town centre, accommodation is mostly in small bunk-bedded rooms. Linen is provided. Lots of local information and a warm welcome all included.
The Old Inn, Carbost, Isle of Skye, IV47 8SR
Feet from the edge of Loch Harport, Isle of Skye, with breathtaking views of the Cuillins, this purpose built, stylish & comfortable bunkhouse is an ideal base for hill walkers or sightseers. There is spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife in the surrounding hills and glens. The bunkhouse has a kitchen and common room with a balcony overlooking the loch and 5 bunkrooms, one en suite. The Old Inn, a traditional highland pub provides breakfast, lunch and dinner if required.
5a Gearrannan Carloway Isle of Lewis HS2 9AL
Part of the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village on the Isle of Lewis, the Gearrannan Hostel has been refurbished to sleep 13 including a 3 bed family room. Warm and cosy it has a well equipped kitchen & two modern shower rooms. The bunkhouse (groups only) sleeps 14 in bunks. The perfect base for many local attractions from surfing to country walks, archaeology to cycling. There are also 3 holiday cottages.
Fisherhead Robin Hood's Bay Whitby, YO22 4ST
The Old School House welcomes schools, groups, walkers and families to the picturesque village of Robins Hood’s Bay. Home to one of the best beaches on Yorkshires East Coast. At the end of Wainright's coast to coast walk and on The Cleveland Way. Ideal for groups of families and friends to book exclusively and also available to individual families looking for an affordable holiday by the sea.
19a Hamilton St, Fishguard SA65 9HL
James John Hamilton House is a new conversion of the first free school in Fishguard, built in 1850 by James John Hamilton. The house provides comfortable, characterful self-catering accommodation for 12 people in five private rooms. Across the garden is Hamilton House Backpackers with an extra 9 beds. It's close to the centre of Fishguard with pubs & cafes. The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path passes through the town and communities of grey seals and dolphins are regularly seen in the local harbours.
The Pier View, 36 Argyle Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, PA20 0AX
Bute Backpackers is a well established 4* hostel, located on the seafront of Rothesay, Isle of Bute. It accommodates up to 45 people in 14 bedrooms (single/twin/double/family, some en suite). The main house has a sea front sun lounge with TV, free WiFi, a fully equipped self-catering kitchen & a laundry room. There are regular live music sessions & open mic nights. Plenty of free on street parking and a secure bike shed.
Peppercombe, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5QD
Located in a quiet, tranquil, wooded valley with views across Bideford Bay towards Lundy, Peppercombe Bothy is effectively a stone tent.
A perfect stopover on the South West Coast Path which passes through the valley or for those who really do want to get away from it all. With access to it’s own secluded beach you will not be disappointed. There is no light or heating so bring your own sleeping, cooking and eating equipment and a torch!
Fionnphort, Isle of Mull PA66 6BL
Ross of Mull Bunkrooms are located less than a mile from the ferry link to Iona at Fionnphort. Ideal for exploring the superb wildlife, rich history & shell-sand beaches of the Ross of Mull, so loved by outdoor enthusiasts. Perfect for day trips to Staffa, the Treshnish Isles & Iona. There are two 4 bunk rooms, a well-equipped kitchen, woodburner & stunning views. For larger groups you can book a combined stay with Achaban House next door, which sleeps 14.
Surrounded by magnificent scenery, the Hoy Centre is ideally situated for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. It's also an ideal venue for outdoor education, weddings, workshops, clubs or family gatherings. Offering high quality, 4* accommodation, the centre has a well equipped kitchen, comfortable lounge & a large dining hall. All rooms are en suite with twin beds and one set of bunks. Hoy is an RSPB reserve comprising 3,500ha of upland heath and cliffs with a large variety of wildlife including arctic hares.
8 Culduthel Road, Inverness, IV2 4AB
The cosy and friendly Student Hotel enjoys panoramic views of the town and the mountains beyond. Your perfect place to unwind, just yards from the city's varied night-life and a few mins' walk from bus and train stations. Relax in the fabulous lounge with real log fire and drink as much free tea, coffee & hot chocolate as you like. Visit the beautiful ancient pine forest of Glen Affric or the Culloden Battlefield. Famous Loch Ness lies just a few miles upstream and of course has its own special wild animal.
Stafford Street, Helmsdale, Sutherland, KW8 6JR
Set in the scenic coastal village of Helmsdale, the hostel (which was completely refurbished in 2018) has en suite private rooms, a fully equipped kitchen and comfortable lounge area with log burning stove. On the NC500 and Land's End to John O’Groats route, the hostel is popular with ‘end to enders’ and walkers exploring the far north Marilyn Hills. It is also a perfect stop on the way to Orkney. Dogs on request. Groups welcome.
The Stennack, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1FF
Located in the centre of St Ives, Cohort is sytlish and comfortable. Great facilities include a hot shower in the courtyard for surfers, through to a laundry & dry room. The on-site bar is cheap; there’s a big guest kitchen; free super fast WiFi, a TV room & comfortable pod beds - all with USB ports, lights, curtains & under-bed storage. Free tea & coffee before 10am. Walk outside to find cafés, bars, galleries, Tate St Ives and four spectacular beaches. The SW Coast Path is 5 minutes from the front door.
24-26 Princes Street, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 7BQ
Sandras Hostel located in the northern most town of the UK mainland. A wonderful spot to be sure, full of wildlife spotting opportunities and teeming with interesting history.
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Lawrence House, Church Street, Tremadog, Nr Porthmadog, Gwynedd, Snowdonia, LL49 9PS
Stay in the birthplace of Lawrence of Arabia! Snowdon Lodge provides self-catering group accommodation. Located in the village of Tremadog, Snowdon Lodge is perfect for family reunions or groups wanting to explore Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula. It has 10 rooms (twins, doubles and small dormitories), an additional lecture room and a large car park leading to woodland walks.
Main Street, Tarbert, Isle of Harris, HS3 3DJ
Situated in the village of Tarbert on the Isle of Harris, the Backpackers Stop is a comfortable hostel for travellers. Close to the ferry, bus, shops, cafés, bars and restaurants. The Backpackers Stop is a handy base for exploring Harris, as well as whilst walking or cycling the islands. Ideal when arriving by ferry. Self-catering kitchen, lounge and shared dorms. Linen, duvets and towels provided. USB sockets, free WiFi.Tea & coffee available all day. Basic self service breakfast provided. Keycode entry.
Elsdon's Lane, Monkton Wyld, Nr Charmouth, Dorset, DT6 6DQ
This Victorian neo-Gothic mansion in Dorset’s AONB has easy access to the Jurassic Coast at Lyme Regis as well as the Wessex and Monarch’s Way long distance footpaths. Guests can use the vegetarian self-catering kitchen to prepare their own meals or vegetarian meals can be pre-booked. There is also camping in the grounds. Run by a charity that promotes sustainable living. Fruit and vegetables are grown in the organic garden and Jersey cows provide the dairy products.
Craignure Bunkhouse, Craignure, Isle Of Mull, Argyll And Bute, PA65 6AY
Craignure, a superior eco-sensitive bunkhouse, purpose built in 2014, is the perfect base for your Mull adventure. Set on the water's edge close to the ferry port, there's the Craignure Inn next door for traditional island hospitality. The 4 well-appointed bunkrooms have en suite showers and there's a spacious well appointed communal area with kitchen, ample dining and relaxing space.
Stonebarrow Lane, Charmouth, Dorset, DT6 6RA
On the National Trust Golden Cap Estate, this bunkhouse has been converted from an old MoD radar station and provides fantastic group accommodation for families, walkers or special interest groups.
With great views over Golden Cap, Lyme Bay and Chesil Beach it is the perfect base for a walking or beach holiday with Charmouth beaches only half an hour walk away. Stone Barrow Bunkhouse sleeps 8 in two 4 bed dorms and is well equipped for group self-catering.
157 Main Street, Seahouses, Northumberland NE68 7TU
Within easy walking distance of Seahouses, this recently refurbished hostel offers affordable, spacious & comfortable accommodation. A perfect base for visiting the beaches and castles of the Northumbrian Coast. Particularly popular with divers, families, cyclists, walkers, school, church and youth groups, parties of all sizes welcome, sole use also available. Booking is essential.
Kyle of Tongue Hostel & Holiday Park, Tongue, By Lairg, Sutherland, IV27 4XH
The Kyle of Tongue Holiday Park is a stone lodge and campsite, magnificently situated on the shores of a sea loch on the Scottish North Coast. Furnished, like a boutique hotel, but with all the friendliness of a hostel. There are comfortable private bedrooms, roomy dormitories and relaxing communal areas. The campsite is well equipped and has panoramic views of Castle Varich, Ben Hope & Ben Loyal. Holiday cottage and static caravan also available.
Llanrhian, St Davids, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 5BD
With excellent value sole use hire available, perfect for parties and hen/stag weekends... and a concessionary rate for children under 16!
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Mill Barn, Trevescan, Sennan, Nr Land's End, Penzance, TR19 7AQ
Land’s End Hostel, in the hamlet of Trevescan, is 1/2 mile from Land’s End.
Double glazed & centrally heated it has a fully equipped kitchen & dining areas inside & out.
Modern bathrooms and bedrooms with TVs & WiFi. New bunk beds with USB ports & LED lights. Bedding / towels supplied.
Bike storage, parking & small shop.
Off Renscombe Rd, Worth Matravers, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. BH19 3LL
Mytime Centre provides great value accommodation for family and walking holidays on the South Coast.
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Deepdale Farm, Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk, PE31 8DD
Right on the path and linked to further days walking by the Coasthopper bus service
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Warren Farm, Warren, near Castlemartin, SA71 5HS
Beautiful big bell tents & a cosy bunkhouse, right on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Between Barafundle/Broadhaven South & Freshwater West, and the closest you can stay to the Green Bridge of Wales. Perfect for family holidays or a quick surfing or climbing trip with friends. Simple, comfortable accommodation and private pitches with kitchens, loos & wetrooms for the bell tents. Don’t delay, come glamping!
Colonsay Estate Cottages, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll, PA61 7YP
Come to Colonsay Backpackers Lodge and savour the idyll of this Inner Hebridean island. Explore the magnificent sandy beaches, ancient forests and beautiful lochs.
Wildlife abounds; spot dolphins, seals, otters and many rare birds. The pub, café & shop are 3 miles away. Or buy fresh lobster, crab and oysters from the fishing boats. The lodge is a refurbished former gamekeeper’s house with bothies. Centrally heated, it has 2 twin, 3 twin bunk and 2 three-bedded rooms. Free WiFi.
St Issey, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7QB
Manor House Activity Centre offers top quality accommodation for couples, families & groups of all sizes just 3 miles from Padstow & the north Cornish coast. Sleeping up to 58 across 9 rooms the spacious Georgian manor house oozes style & has a private garden with BBQ area & hot tub. Catering & outdoor activities are also available. Great walking & cycling on the doorstep. BYO bedding or hire.
Cow Lane, Off Kings Quay Street, Harwich CO12 3ES
The 1912 Centre, in the Harwich Conservation area, is just 50m from the sandy beach & promenade. The centrally heated hostel is the former town fire station. The old engine garage is now the dining and recreational area. The upper floor has 4 cabin style sleeping areas, other beds are on the ground floor & suitable for disabled. Facilities include a fully equipped kitchen, showers & drying room. BYO sleeping or hire duvets.
Cornaigmore, Isle of Tiree, PA77 6XA
Tiree is an idyllic Hebridean island surrounded by white beaches and crystal clear seas. Perfect for outdoor pursuits & wildlife enthusiasts, Millhouse offers you 4* facilities and free WiFi. You can hire bikes, visit the lighthouse museum, watch the seals or enjoy watersports at Loch Bhasapol (200m away). For walkers Tiree Pilgrimage route passes close by. Tiree has a resident RSPB warden and there are handy bird and otter hides for you to use.
Humphrey Head O.C, Holy Well Lane, Flookburgh, Cumbria LA11 7LY
Perched on an outcrop overlooking Morecambe Bay on the edge of The Lake District, Humphrey Head Group Hostel & Outdoor Centre is perfect for family celebrations, reunions, stag/hen parties, schools, clubs & groups.
Remote & private, surrounded by stunning scenery & nature, with outdoor activities on site there is something for everyone.Catering & camping available.
Castle Creavie, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4QE
This comfortable family friendly hostel sleeps 6. It is set on a working farm and is surrounded by spectacular Galloway countryside. The hugely spacious open plan design has oak floors, comfy beds, dining area, wood burning stove, separate kitchen with basic cooking facilities, washroom & W.C. There are also: hot showers, washing/drying facilities, bike wash and store. Breakfast and farm produce available. The ideal base for walkers and cyclists with 7Stanes and NCN Route 7 close by.
Bluebell Farm Caravan Park, Belford, Northumberland, NE70 7QE
Bluebell Farm Bunkbarn is within walking distance of shops and pubs. It is ideally located for exploring Nothumberland's Heritage Coast, the Cheviot Hills and the Scottish Borders. The Bunkbarn sleeps 14, the Studio 4. Plus 2 studio apartments and 5 self-catering cottages. There is a shared modern toilet block. BYO sleeping bags/towels or hire. Studio apartments & cottages have bed linen.
Platts Farm Bunkhouse, Aber Road, Llanfairfechan, Conwy, LL33 0HL
Platt’s Farm Campsite and 3* Bunkhouse is situated in a range of Victorian farm buildings, in the charming village of Llanfairfechan. Close to the A55, the Bunkhouse lies at the start/end of the 14 Welsh 3000 Peaks walks in the Snowdonia National Park, within a 10 min walk of the Wales Coastal Path and on the NCN 5 Cycle Route. Shops, pubs and cafés are within 5 mins’ walk. Just 15 mins from Zipworld, Bethesda & 20 mins from Surf Snowdonia.
15-17 Avenue Road, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 5BW
Our backpacker hostel is 3* VisitEngland approved. We are the perfect family break or ideal activity holiday.
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47 Walpole Street, Weymouth, DT4 7HQ
Bunkhouse Plus offers budget accommodation just 10 minutes from the beach!
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Galson Farm House, South Galson, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0SH
This fully equipped bunkhouse on the Isle of Lewis enjoys stunning views of the Atlantic coast towards the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse. It provides the perfect haven from which to explore the west side of Lewis, with sandy beaches, wildlife and historic sites on the doorstep. A short walk through the croft takes you to the shore and river, where there is an abundance of birds & otters are regular visitors. The hostel has one dormitory with 6 beds, two shower/toilet rooms and a kitchen/dining room. Bedding, bike shed & drying facilities are included.
School Road, Bassenthwaite, Keswick, CA12 4QJ
Refurbished to a very high standard, the Parish Room is a great base for outdoors enthusiasts to explore Skiddaw, the Northern Lakes, Keswick and the Cumbrian coast. There is a modern well-equipped kitchen, large hall, meeting room with sofa and large Freeview TV. There is also disabled access throughout. Separate male/female toilets and two shower rooms. Bring your own beds, bedding and towels. Free WiFi. Sorry no stag/hen parties.
Bunkhouse, National Trust Castle Ward, Strangford, Down, BT30 7LS
This traditional Bunkhouse is the perfect base to explore the stunning gardens, visit the beautiful shores of Stangford Lough or take the ferry to Portaferry. Sleeping up to 14 in three upstairs rooms, it is a great choice for groups & family get-togethers. The estate has walking, cycle trails plus play areas making this a particularly family friendly spot. It is also a huge hit for Game of Thrones fans as the original Castle Ward was the location for ‘Winterfell’. The retail shop has tons of brilliant HBO GOT memorabilia.
Harbour View, Mallaig, Inverness-shire, PH41 4PU
The Backpackers Lodge, the oldest croft house in Mallaig, offers a homely base from which to explore the Inner Hebrides, the famous white sands of Morar and the remote peninsula of Knoydart. Mallaig is a working fishing village with all the excitement of the boats landing. You can see the seals playing in the harbour and take whale and dolphin watching trips. The hostel provides excellent budget accommodation with central heating, a well equipped kitchen/common room and free WiFi. Hot water and heating provided by renewable energy.
9 Palace Street, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1RR
Llety Arall Hostel is a community enterprise which offers flexible accommodation for individuals, couples, families and groups in the heart of Caernarfon. Recently refurbished to a very high standard, it sleeps 22 in 8 rooms en suite rooms. Facilities include a well equipped kitchen and a community room which is large enough for meetings and communal events. Llety Arall is located in Stryd y Plas (Palace Street), within the town walls and not far from Caernarfon Castle. Your perfect base fro exploring Anglesy and Snowdonia.
Springhill Farm, Seahouses, Northumberland NE68 7UR
Springhill’s Lookout & Wigwams offer great value, comfortable accommodation which can be booked as a whole or on a per bed/night basis. Ideal for groups, families or couples. Superbly located on the Northumberland Heritage Coastline there are stunning views towards the Farne Islands and Cheviot Hills while Seahouses and Bamburgh are within very easy reach.
Isle of Muck, Port Mor, Isle of Muck, PH41 2RP
Highland ponies. White sandy beaches and bays to be enjoyed. Relax and unwind watching the seal colony. Explore the coastline.
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146 Main Street,Seahouses Northumberland NE68 7UA
Located in Seahouses with an easy walk to St Aidan’s beach. The Hides provide affordable accommodation on the magnificent Northumbrian Coast.
Perfect for groups, families or independent travellers. Each Hide is an en-suite room sleeping 4 in beds & bunks. The rooms open onto a communal courtyard with access to the well equipped, self-catering kitchen, bike storage, drying room & laundry.
Inverie, Knoydart, By Mallaig, Inverness-shire PH41 4PL
Welcome to the world famous Knoydart Foundation Bunkhouse on the stunning remote peninsula of Knoydart on the west coast of Scotland reachable only by boat or a long hike. Community run, the Bunkhouse uses hydro electricity & promotes responsible tourism. Set amid wild, remote terrain overlooking a mesmerising beach. Ten mins’ walk to pub, PO, shop & ferry at Inverie. 3 bedrooms & comfy communal areas. Ranger service & deer stalking available. Stunning dark skies, so bring a torch!
1-3 Victoria Cres, Corran Esplanade, Oban, Argyll, PA34 5PN
A warm welcome & great value accommodation in Oban for singles, couples, families & groups. Enjoy a large self-catering kitchen, spacious lounge, comfortable rooms & big beds. Corran House is perfect for exploring Argyll & the inner Hebrides & is close to the bus, train & ferry. Downstairs try Markie Dans bar for tasty meals, live music & Highland hospitality.
Uyeasound, Unst, Shetland, ZE2 9DW
Gardiesfauld Hostel is on Unst, the most northerly of the Shetland Isles with spectacular cliffs sculpted by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and secluded, sandy beaches on the east with rocky outcrops where seals and otters appear. On the picturesque shore at Uyeasound, this refurbished hostel has good facilities and a relaxed atmosphere. There is a kitchen, dining room, lounge, conservatory and rooms with en suite facilities as well as a garden when you can pitch a tent or park your caravan.
Lovesgrove, Aberystwyth, SY23 3HP
Get the best of both worlds at Plas Dolau Country House, with the coast and quiet countryside both at your door stop!
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Holywell Road, Newquay, TR7 2PB
Centrally located in Newquay, Blue Room Hostel offers a variety of accommodation. There is a bar and lounge. The Great Western and Tolcarne Beaches are within a 2-minute stroll and the famous surfing beach, Fistral Beach is 30 minutes' walk away.
Set in on the breathtaking northern isle Birsay Outdoor Centre is the perfect place to relax. Take in the unspoiled beauty of this wonderful location
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Preseli Venture, Parc-y-nole Fach, Mathry, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 5HN
Situated just a short walk to a stunning beach, this 5* Eco Lodge offers catered accommodation & a range of outdoor activities to individuals, families & groups of all sizes. Popular with schools, clubs & hen/stag groups it boasts great communal areas including a bar, outside picnic area, fire pit & games field. Just 1 mile from the Wales Coast Path & right on the Sustrans Celtic Trail.
10a North End Road, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3AG
Accommodation on the waterfront at Stromness, Orkney, close to the ferry. Single, family and twin rooms with glorious views. Light, airy kitchen and a large dining table with views of the harbour. Lounge with comfortable seating, TV, DVDs and books. Laundry room, WiFi, free long stay car park. Visit the nearby islands of Graemsay and Hoy, check out the World Heritage sites. Relax in the tranquility of island life.
Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 8NA
Set in 30 acres on the North Devon coast, the farm boasts sea views overlooking Woolacombe, Lundy Island, Lee Bay, Ilfracombe, and the Welsh coast. A former stable block with all accommodation on ground level with raised sleeping areas with mattresses.BYO sleeping bag/bedding and warm clothing. There is a dining area and well equipped kitchen. Toilets/coin operated showers are in a nearby block. No stag/hen parties. Dogs welcome with sole use bookings. B&B, camping and a static caravan are also available on site.
Fferm Tanrallt Farm, Llangian, Abersoch, Gwynedd, LL53 7LN
Bunkhouse accommodation on a family farm in the village of Llangian. Just one mile from Abersoch which is famed for watersports, the bunkhouse is an ideal base for walking the Llyn Coast Path, surfing, cycling, golf, fishing, running & sailing. Spinning & knitting courses using the farm's own wool are available. The three modern bunkrooms are ideal for individuals or groups with a fully equipped kitchen/lounge, disabled facilities, secure storage & parking.
Back Green, Portsoy, AB45 2AF
Moray Firth Coast was rated as one of the world's top twelve most beautiful coastlines by National Geographic... Enjoy the "outstanding cliff scenery" and "strong community feeling" as you relax in the "relative harmony" of this "pretty coastal village"... lit up by the eerily fascinating glow of the Northern Lights.
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Ffordd-yr-Afon, Trefin, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 5AU
Escape to this wonderful rugged corner of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Old School Hostel is in Trefin, a pretty village which has a pub and a café, just a quarter of a mile from the world famous coast path. Circular walks from the door take you to stunning wild beaches & harbours. The cathedral city of St. Davids and the popular Whitesands Bay are 20 minutes by car.
34 - 38 Green Batt, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1TU
This family friendly 4* hostel has en suite rooms, cosy lounge, games room and a spacious dining room. Located in the centre of town, it is ideal for Alnwick Castle, (of Downton Abbey and Harry Potter fame) and Alnwick Garden. The coast, with castles at Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh, Farne Isles, magical Holy Island and glorious sandy beaches is just a 15 minute drive. While inland the Cheviot Hills & Hadrian’s Wall await you.
Isle of Lismore, PA34 5UG
This super warm and comfy eco bunkhouse on a traditional croft is the perfect base to explore the magical Isle of Lismore. The bunkhouse sleeps 12 in a mix of en suite dorms and private rooms and there is a campsite with 5 pitches and hook ups for 2 camper vans. The Isle of Lismore is just 7 miles by car ferry from Oban and is a tranquil, unspoilt island surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. Perfect for wildlife and history as well as walkers, cyclists and those wanting to get away from it all. Home grown organic veg and bike hire.
51/52 Market Place Kingston Upon Hull HU1 1RQ
In the heart of historic Hull this hostel is aimed at the individual traveller, small groups, cyclists and families. Perfect for visiting Hull’s art exhibitions & attractions, like the newly opened Hull Bonus Arena. Family and en-suite rooms, self-catering kitchen and vibrant coffee lounge. Great for visiting the East Yorkshire Coast, historic Beverley and York. Daily ferries to Belgium and the Netherlands put Europe on the doorstep.
NRBO, North Ronaldsay, Orkney Islands, KW17 2BE
On a 34 acre croft managed by the North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory on the most northern isle of Orkney. Adjacent to a shell sand beach visited by seals and unique seaweed-eating sheep. Spectacular bird migrations and outstanding views. Ideal accommodation for those interested in wildlife but welcomes all. The hostel sleeps 10 in three dormitories with a self-catering kitchen. Lounge bar and meals available in the Observatory Guest House.
Plas Porth Yr Aur, 2 High Street, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1RN
Totters sits in the heart of the historic castle town of Caernarfon just 30m from the Menai Straits. Close to many pubs and restaurants but with good public transport to the Snowdonia National Park. The hostel is a 200 year old, five floored town house with five bedrooms sleeping either 4 or 6 and a huge double/family en suite. Opposite there is a self-catering town house sleeping 6.
17 Tregrehan Mills, St. Austell, Cornwall, PL25 3TL
Welcome to this quirky, camino inspired eco hostel up-cycled from an old stable block to include mixed bunk rooms, a courtyard kitchen & a communal lounge.
It’s just a short leafy lane from the Eden Project situated on National Cycle Routes 2 & 3, two miles from the Northwest Coast Path at Carlyon Bay and close to the historic Saints Way pilgrimage trail. Walkers and cyclists are welcomed and pick-ups from the station or parking can be arranged.
29 St James Place, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 9BJ
Close to the picturesque Ilfracombe Harbour, this clean and friendly hostel offers fantastic facilities for walkers, cyclists, surfers, families, schools and activity groups. Providing self-catering accommodation with great facilities including, communal lounge (free WiFi), bike/surfboard storage, drying area and free parking. Ilfracombe is full of cafés, galleries, shops and restaurants and is home to Damien Hirst's statue, Verity.
Brownsea Island, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7EE
South Shore Lodge sleeps up to 25 in the idyllic location of Pearl Harbour.
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Cerrig-yr-Adar, Rhoscolyn, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 2NQ
This purpose built 4* centre is quietly tucked away in Rhoscolyn, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Anglesey Coast. Just 5 mins' walk to the sandy beach at Borthwen and a stone's throw from the Anglesey Coastal Path. Perfect for friends & families, outdoor groups, schools and universities. Your ideal base for kayaking, climbing, sailing, walking, bird watching or beach holidays. Careful energy use is encouraged, with composting and recycling. Nearby Holyhead has ferry links to Ireland.
Patrick, Isle of Man, IM5 3AQ
A working farm nestled under Peel Hill, Isle of Man, Knockaloe Beg offers B&B, cottages, bunkhouse, bothy & glamping. The bunkhouse sleeps 10 in two rooms. There's a central communal area with log burner, dining table, TV/DVD & comfy settees. The bothy is a cosy, twin bed room. Washing facilities are a short step outside. In the orchard there are two deluxe, en suite glamping cabins each sleeping four.
Deepdale Farm, Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk, PE31 8DD
Deepdale Groups Hostel is in Burnham Deepdale on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast. The Groups Hostel offers comfortable, self-catering accommodation for groups. Sleeping up to 18 people in 4 bedrooms, it is perfect for friends, larger family gatherings, clubs or reunions. A great base for a walking break, cycling tour or for bird/wildlife watching groups. More accommodation is available at Deepdale Backpackers (also in the guide) which is on the same site.
The Old Home Farm Yard, Stackpole, nr Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, SA71 5DQ
Bushcraft to outdoor-Shakespeare. Explore the local wildlife and landscape.
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Lighthouse Road, Countisbury, Lynton, Devon, EX35 6NE
Foreland Bothy on the National Trust Foreland Point Estate on the Exmoor coast offers very basic accommodation, but rewards you with a fantastic location right on the South West Coast Path.
Treat it like camping but without the tent, so you need to bring camping mats, sleeping bags and cooking equipment. There is a composting loo but no hot water. The perfect location for a night or two for those who want to escape technology in this wilderness under some stunning dark skies.
Cornmill Bunkhouse, Achumore, Strathhalladale, Sutherland, KW13 6YT
Cornmill Bunkhouse is situated on a traditional croft. The mill was built in the early 1800s and was active until 1920s. It is now 4* accommodation for individuals or groups. Guests are reminded of their historic setting; the smaller bunkroom has a patio door looking onto the workings of the old mill with its large wooden cog driving wheels. Activities can be organised for groups including laser tagging & shooting. Hen and stag parties welcome.
Chatton Park Farm, Chatton, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 5RA
A former smithy converted into a self-catering bunkhouse on a mixed working farm.1/2 mile from Chatto, 8 miles from Northumberland’s vast empty beaches and historic castles and 5 miles from the heather clad Cheviot Hills. Walking, water sports, climbing, fishing, golf and cycling are all nearby. The 2 dorms can be rented separately. There is a fully equipped kitchen, seating around the original blacksmith’s fire & hot showers.
4 Florence Rd, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 2NE
Southsea Rocks, on the coast in the bustling city of Portsmouth. Rife with eating establishments and watering holes it's a city with a lot to offer. Southsea Offers a comfortable place to enjoy it all.
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The Bunker, Victoria Square, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1AL
Coastal footpaths bathed in southern sunlight await you... stretches of sandy beaches and smooth current seas call for paddle boarders and sailors... and a gentle sea breeze whistles odes to a kite surfer.
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23 Hamilton Street, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire SA65 9HL
Hamilton Lodge - just one minute's walk from the centre of Fishguard and very close to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Comfortable and friendly, sleeping nine in total with an en suite double and two dorms. Fully equipped kitchen, dining area and lounge. Charming, private garden and covered patio with seating. Free light breakfast included. Groups of up to 18 are welcome in collaboration with James John Hamilton House hostel next door.
Slapton, Kingsbridge, Devon. TQ7 2QP
FSC Slapton Ley is a Field Studies Council centre set in the South Devon ANOB and close to Dartmoor National Park. Sleeping groups of 15-145, the accommodation is in 4 blocks of 75, 33, 17 and 17 beds and can be booked by the block or the whole site. Facilities include a large dining room, several comfortable sitting rooms, two games rooms and classrooms. Outside there are beautiful landscaped grounds with seating areas, shelters, a kitchen garden and a wildlife area. Slapton Sands, the South West Coast Path and NCN 28 are all close by.
The White House, Burniston Road, Scarborough, YO13 0DA
For a fun filled, seaside break Scarborough is unbeatable: two safe, sandy beaches, penny arcades, pirate ship, three surf schools and the new Alpamare Waterpark. Once a 17th century water mill on a quiet riverside just outside the town, Scarborough Youth Hostel is also a perfect base for exploring the coast and country of the North York Moors and Wolds with miles of paths, tracks and quiet lanes for walkers and cyclists.
Countisbury Hill, Lynmouth, Devon, EX35 6NE
This cosy National Trust bunkhouse with woodburning stove & electric radiators, sits on the A39 at Countisbury, close to Lynton & Lynmouth on the North Devon Coast. Surrounded by the dramatic Watersmeet Valleys & Exmoor, it is close to the South West Coastal Path & Atlantic surf beaches. Perfect for families, groups & walkers, the barn is just along the road from Exmoor Bunkhouse (also in this guide), so it can be used as an overspill for larger groups. The Blue Ball, an old coaching inn, is opposite.
Eastern Slade Farm, Oxwich, Gower, Swansea, SA3 1NA
Eastern Slade Barn is a luxury farmhouse conversion on a working farm on the Gower Peninsula. The Gower has glorious beaches, castles & a network of traffic free lanes, ideal for mountain bikes. The Coastal Path passes through the farm. Port Eynon seaside village is a 30 min walk, while Oxwich Bay with its castle, beach & hotel serving tasty meals is just a 20 min walk. Camping is also available and weddings/birthdays can be accommodated.
Market Garden, Inverie, Knoydart, By Mallaig, Inverness-shire PH41 4PL
Knoydart Lodge, on the magical and remote Knoydart Peninsula, is accessible only by ferry. The Lodge offers high quality accommodation at bunkhouse prices. Luxury abounds, from the fresh linens & fluffy towels in each of the five en-suite bedrooms to the spacious communal areas with high vaulted ceilings, open beam architecture and gorgeous views. Continental breakfast comes as standard & pick up from the ferry can be provided.
Lael, Lochbroom, IV23 2RS
Close to the idyllic fishing village of Ullapool in a peaceful rural setting with lots of wildlife.
A perfect base for climbers & walkers with 22 Munros and many other hills in the area. Next to Lael Forest Gardens which is renowned for its wildlife. The bunkhouse is ideally located for touring the North West Highlands with easy access to the areas of Torridon and up to Assynt.
Park Head, St Eval, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7UU
With fantastic views out to sea and along the north Cornish coast to Trevose Head, the National Trust run Beach Head Bunkhouse provides great value basic self-catering holiday accommodation. The centrally heated, self-catering facilities and great location just 1.5 miles from the beach at Porthcothan and close to the South West Coast path make it the perfect base for family holidays and walking groups alike. A large, woodburning stove provides a cosy feel. Not suitable for very young children.
9 Gyllyngvase Terrace, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4DL
Falmouth Lodge Backpackers makes a superb stop over - around the half way mark. Or an ideal place to stop and start with Falmouth Town train station only 5 mins walk away.
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18 Chapel Street, Mumbles, SA3 4NH
Opened in summer 2019, The Chapel House is Swansea’s only boutique hostel. Catering for travellers from around the world, it is nestled between the Castle and the Lighthouse, in the heart of the Mumbles.
Just 5 minutes away from Swansea centre and The Wales Coast Path. Within walking distance of great surf, walking and climbing. The perfect base for those seeking adventure on the Gower!
St Johns Street, Creetown, Dumfries and Galloway, DG8 7JE
Barholm Enterprise Centre houses a variety of businesses including an Arts and Crafts Co-operative and Barholm Accommodation which has en suite shared and private rooms.
Perfect for cyclists, walkers, fishermen or those who generally enjoy the outdoors. Facilities include a communal kitchenette (fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster and microwave), sitting room, on-site cycle hire and bike repair facilities & electric car charging.
Loch Fyne Lodge, Inverneil, Ardrishaig, Argyll, PA30 8ES
If you enjoy spectacular views and watching wildlife in modern comfortable self-catering accommodation then you’ll love Argyll Backpackers! Located on the banks of Loch Fyne, just minutes from Cycle Route 78 in the hamlet of Inverneil, it’s perfect for island hopping to Arran and Islay. You’ll be able to stock up on supplies from Tarbert or Ardrishaig / Lochgilphead, depending on your route.
1 Falkner Square, Liverpool, L8 7NU
The Embassie is a majestic terraced house in an unspoilt Georgian square. Until 1986 it was the Consulate of Venezuela! Only 15 minutes' walk from the centre of Liverpool, known for its nightlife, it's in the perfect position. Recently refurbished, there are new kitchen facilities, a brand new shower suite and an all new games room & relax area with Sky Sports and HD television. The hostel is clean, safe and staffed 24 hours. Bedding is provided (including sheets) and free coffee, tea, toast and jam are available 24 hours.
Rhossili Bunkhouse, Rhossili, Swansea, SA3 1PL
What's more it has also been voted the TOP TEN beach in the World. Impressed? I hope so! Why not visit to see just what makes it so special? And where better a place to stay than Rhossili Bunkhouse. For flexible. low cost accommodation.
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Arinagour, Isle of Coll, Argyll, PA78 6SY
Coll Bunkhouse 5* self-catering hostel accommodation is a mile from the ferry terminal & close to local amenities. Ideal for groups or individuals, short or longer stays. A half hour from the mainland by plane, under 3 hours by ferry. This beautiful Hebridean island is ideal for walking, stargazing, wildlife, cycling, water sports or chilling amidst stunning scenery. Visit quiet and beautiful spaces and beaches and enjoy fine island hospitality. A warm welcome awaits you.
Iona Hostel, Iona, Argyll, PA76 6SW
Tucked into the rocky outcrops on a working croft, Iona Eco Hostel has spectacular views of the isles and mountains beyond. The land has been worked for generations, creating the familiar Hebridean patchwork of wildflower meadow, crops and grazing land. It offers quiet sanctuary for those that seek it, within easy reach of island activities. Whether travelling on your own, with friends, or as a group, Iona Hostel promises a warm welcome. Tourist board 4 star. Green Tourism Gold.
14 Charlton Street, Llandudno, LL30 2AA
Llandudno Hostel is a Victorian 4* boutique, award-winning hostel where individuals, families & groups (including schools) are welcome all year. Set in the heart of the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno, it’s your perfect base for shopping & exploring many local attractions, including blue flag beaches, dry slope skiing, Zip World, Surf Snowdonia, bronze age copper mine, traditional pier, museums & fishing trips.
Breadalbane Street, Oban, PA34 5NZ
Oban Backpackers is a hostel in every sense of the word. The atmosphere when arriving is that of communal spirit. Quirky furniture and decoration set the scene, this is a backpackers for backpackers.
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Laxdale Holiday Park, 6 Laxdale Lane, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0DR
Laxdale Bunkhouse, on the Isle of Lewis, lies within Laxdale Holiday Park, a small family-run park set in peaceful leafy surroundings. Just 1.5 miles away from the town of Stornoway, it's an ideal base for exploring the island. Built in 1998, the bunkhouse has four rooms of four bunks. There is a drying room, a spacious fully equipped dining kitchen, a comfortable TV lounge and BBQ area. Toilets/showers are located in the building & are suitable for the disabled. Wigwams are also available.
Glenborrodale, Ardnamurchan, West Highlands, Scotland PH36 4JP
Ardnamurchan Bunkhouse is in Glenborrodale on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, one of the UK’s last unspoiled coastal wildernesses.
This recently renovated eco-bunkhouse sleeping 16 people in eight bedrooms, with a well-equipped kitchen, flexible dining tables, free Wi-Fi and parking.
Elmscott, Hartland, Bideford, Devon, EX39 6ES
Elmscott Hostel is surrounded by unspoiled coastline with sea views of Lundy Island. Great for walking, cycling, surfing and bird watching. The South West Coast Path is just a few mins' walk away. The hostel is well equipped for all your self-catering needs and has a games room and shop. In winter it is only available for sole use bookings.
Upper Neeston Farm, Dale Road, Herbrandston, Milford Haven, SA73 3RY
Environmentally sensitive barn conversions close to the Milford Haven Waterway in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Ideal for divers, climbers, walkers or family get-togethers. The four independent 5* lodges have fully fitted kitchens and have access to garden/patio, laundry/drying room, secure storage and ample parking.
Rackwick Hostel, Rackwick, Hoy, Orkney, KW16 3NJ
In the scenic Rackwick Valley in the north of Hoy, the 3* hostel overlooks Rackwick Bay considered one of the most beautiful places in Orkney. It sleeps 8 across 2 rooms of 4 beds. There’s a small kitchen with a good range of utensils, and a separate dining area. Singles, families and groups are welcome for private room or whole hostel bookings. Car parking and bike storage behind the hostel. Walkers and Cyclist Welcome
Harepathstead Rd, Broadclyst, East Devon, EX5 3DF
Ashclyst Farm Hostel is a charming National Trust farm house on an organic arable farm at the edge of Ashclyst Forest. There are double, twin, and triple rooms. The beds are fully made up with duvets and the bedrooms are spacious and quiet. Guests have full use of the farmhouse kitchen, dining rooms and lounge, and camping is available for larger groups.
Pantyrathro International Hostel, Llansteffan, Carmarthen, SA33 5AJ
Llansteffan is a beautiful village at the tip of the Towi River & Carmarthen Bay. The sandy beaches below the castle offer sun bathing and relaxation.
The virtually traffic free country lanes are ideal for cycling. The Wales Coastal Path is on the doorstep and the city of Carmarthen is close by. The hostel provides dorm accommodation, private rooms, family rooms and en suite rooms.
Lawrenny Millennium Hostel, Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire, SA68 0PW
Once a Victorian village school, the Lawrenny Hostel is superbly placed for exploring South Pembrokeshire. Warm, clean and comfortable, with modern facilities, the accommodation is ideal for individuals or groups, training courses or events. The adjoining village hall is also available to rent and there is a community shop, pub and an award-winning tearoom nearby.
45 High St, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2LX
Family run, Swanage Auberge is a refuge for climbers, cyclists, walkers & divers at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast. In the centre of Swanage, a stone’s throw from the South West Coast Path, there is excellent walking, mountain biking, diving and rock climbing close by. There is a fully equipped self-catering kitchen and a packed lunch service if required. Parking for 2 vehicles is available on a first come first served basis & free on-street parking is close by.
Croft No 9, Badrallach, Dundonnell, Ross-shire, IV23 2QP
On the tranquil shores of Little Loch Broom overlooking one of Scotland’s finest mountain ranges, Badrallach Bothy and Campsite offer a fine base for walking and climbing. Fish in the rivers, hill lochs and sea or simply enjoy the flora and fauna. Hot showers, spotless accommodation, an unbelievable price and total peace make the Bothy and Campsite a firm favourite. There is also a holiday cottage for hire.
Kintyre Amenity Trust, Big Kiln, Campbeltown, Argyll, PA28 6JF
The Campbeltown Backpackers is housed in the Old Schoolhouse, a Grade B listed building.
The hostel offers easy access to the facilities of Campbeltown including swimming pool, gym, cinema and distillery tours. It is a good stop along the Kintyre Way which gives walkers spectacular views of the surrounding islands. The area also enjoys very good windsurfing, surfing, mountain bike routes and other major cycle trails.
Lower Hardingsdown Farm, Llangennith, Gower, Swansea, SA3 1HT
Overlooking the salt marshes, just 5 miles from Hardingdowns Bunkhouse, this solitary castle is perfect for a peaceful picnic.
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Accommodation on the Coast
In the UK there are over 150 hostels and bunkhouses by the sea. All around our beautiful coastline, from the wild seas of the Cornish coast to the white sands of the Hebrides you will find a whole variety of bunkhouses and hostels to choose from. Offering self catering accommodation with friendly communal kitchens, dining and sitting areas, hostels and bunkhouses provide the some of the most cost effective places to stay on the coast.
All the bunkhouses and hostels featured in the map above are within walking distance of the coast. Perfect for quiet early morning walks along the beach before breakfast or for a leisurely stroll in the evening to see the sun set over the sea. What’s more for those with young children you can’t beat having a beach on the doorstep, without the hassle of loading everybody and everything into the car! Coastal bunkhouses and hostels also often have easy access to the coastal paths and provide great bases or stop-overs if you are doing a walking holiday.
Hostels and bunkhouses by the sea provide great accommodation for inexpensive family seaside holidays
Each bunkhouse and hostel by the sea is unique. They come in all shapes and sizes, from just 4 or 6 beds to over 100. Some are in modern purpose built buildings, whereas others have been converted from former schools, barns, fisherman’s cottages or country houses. You will even find quirky hostels. Stay in an old windmill (run by the National Trust) on the Norfolk Coast to name but one of the many unusual hostels and bunkhouses you will find by the sea.
Some hostels and bunkhouses by the seas offer extra accommodation in yurts or bell tents, while others allow camping in their grounds. Why not take time to explore the map above? Take your cursor around the coast of Britain and see for yourself all the wonderful places you can stay.
Remember hostel and bunkhouse accommodation can be booked for as short a period as one night. So it is perfect for stop-overs to break your journey or for a touring holiday. But many guests prefer to stay for longer to make the most of the idyllic locations so many of these hostels and bunkhouses are in.
Hostel and bunkhouse accommodation often includes small private rooms, which are perfect families or couples. While large family gatherings and groups of friends often book the whole hostel or bunkhouse out on a ‘sole use’ basis. So they can enjoy having the whole building and all its facilities to themselves.
Stunning Rhossilli Bay, on The Gower Peninsular, is withing walking distance of 3 seaside hostels/bunkhouses
South Wales and Pembrokeshire coast features over 20 seaside hostels and bunkhouses. For example the Gower Peninsula, home to Rhossili Bay, is within walking distance of three bunkhouses by the sea while the Pembrokeshire / Ceredigion Coast boasts eight hostels/bunkhouses by the sea.
Hostels or bunkhouses by the sea, low cost accommodation of family holidays
You are never far from the sea in
Cornwall and Devon and there are 14 coastal hostels in the west country. You can stay in the centre of the captivating town of St Ives, with its choice of beaches and many original and artisan shops. Or visit the Eden Project, dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World by some, and stay at Edens Yard just down the road in St. Austell. Famous for its surfing, the north Coast has some great hostels in traditional seaside holiday towns like Bude, Ilfracombe and Minehead.
There are several bunkhouses by the sea to choose from in
Norfolk and Suffolk. Deepdale Farm has a range of hostel, bunkhouse and glamping accommodation and the Brancaster Cente, run by National Trust, is great for groups holidaying by the sea.
Brancaster Activity Centre in Norfolk, Bunkhouse by the sea
There are independent
Hostels and Bunkhouses on the Northumberland Coast, where you can combine bucket and spade days on the beach with visits to the many castles. For the Harry Potter fans among us Alnwick Castle is top of the list of places to visit when staying on this dramatic coastline.
Hostels and bunkhouses by the sea in Northumberland
If you fancy really getting away from it all, you can take a weekend or week long escape to a seaside bunkhouse or hostel on one of the enchanting Scottish Islands. There are a surprising number of hostels and bunkhouses on remote and accessible islands from
Mull and Arran, the Hebrides to the Orkneys and Shetlands.
The Isle of Colonsay where you can stay at Colonsay Backpackers Lodge by the sea
Click on the location pins on the map above to find out more about the accommodation and get in touch directly with them. To find out availability at several hostels and bunkhouses you can contact them using our
Please remember that our hostel and bunkhouse accommodation on the coast does get booked up quickly, especially in the school holidays. So don’t be disappointed, start your search now and book your hostel or bunkhouse before it’s too late.