The Great North Trail is an exciting new off-road cycle trail which goes from the southern Peak District to the northern tip of Scotland. Developed by Cycling UK, the 800 mile route takes you along existing and newly negotiated off-road trails. It’s an epic route, crossing the best of Britain’s upland landscapes. Dare to do it all in one go, or take it section by section over a series of long weekends. Whatever you decide you’ll find independent hostels and bunkhouses all along the route offering low cost, bike friendly accommodation. Many have drying rooms and secure bike storage. All offer a warm welcome and a place to rest your weary legs.
The Great North Trail is an exciting new off-road cycle trail which goes from the southern Peak District to the northern tip of Scotland. Developed by Cycling UK, the 800 mile route takes you along existing and newly negotiated off-road trails.
Starting at Middleton Top, near Wirksworth in Derbyshire the route takes you along the Pennine Bridleway and onwards to either John O’ groats or Cape Wrath. You will ride through some of Britain’s most stunning upland area and across four national parks. It is not designed to be the easiest of routes. Neither is it the most direct, nor the fastest. However, the Great North Trail will inspire and invigorate those that ride it. It will provide those that tackle it with an epic adventure and a host of wonderful memories.
You can ride it all in one go, do a section at a time over a long weekend or just do a day ride. Whatever you choose, there are fabulous independent hostels and bunkhouse all along the route. Geared up for the adventurous at heart, many have drying rooms and secure cycle storage. And all offer great value for money and a warm and friendly welcome.
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24-26 Princes Street, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 7BQ
Thurso is the northern-most town on the UK mainland. The cliffs are alive with guillemots, kittiwakes, fulmars & puffins, while the sea is home to seals & porpoises. The 4* hostel has en suites in all rooms, (some have TVs). Using their own backpacking experience, the owners ensure you will enjoy a level of comfort and service second to none. Surfing, pony trekking, fishing, quad biking, coastal walks and boat trips are all available nearby. On the NC500 route.
Ribblehead, Ingleton, Carnforth, LA6 3JF
In the heart of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks country right on the route between Pen-y-ghent & Whernside & close to the Dales Way, Dales High Way, Pennine Way & Pennine Bridleway. This warm comfortable bunk barn sleeps up to 13 in three bunk rooms. Living room with cosy wood burner, spacious well equipped kitchen & garden with stunning views. Group bookings only at w/ends. Book by the bed or room Sun-Thurs (not b/hols). Dogs & breakfast by arrangement. 4 bed annex also available.
7 Cleikum Mill, High St, Innerleithen, Scottish Borders EH44 6QT
Cleikum Mill Lodge is a modernised character building in the heart of the Tweed Valley. The Mill sleeps 12, 8 in the Lower Mill and 4 in the Upper Mill. Book individual rooms, a floor or the whole Mill. Innerleithen, a 7Stanes trail centre, is on the NCR1 and Southern Upland Way. It has shops, pubs, restaurants and cafés a short stroll away. Dog friendly if booking the whole building in advance.
Greystones, Lanehead, Tarset, Hexham, NE48 1NT
In the heart of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and close to the Pennine Way. These striking timber eco-buildings integrate into their natural surroundings making the most of this remarkable location and providing the perfect base for outdoor adventures.
The bunkhouse and bothies provide stylish, versatile & comfortable self- catering accommodation which can be used for events, conferences & parties.
The Firs, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3RW
Alston Youth Hostel is within the historic town of Alston nestled in the North Pennines on the eastern side of Cumbria. It is situated directly on the Pennine Way and Isaac's Tea Trail and also about halfway on the very popular Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route with great indoor cycle storage. The perfect stop-over for walkers and cyclists. You’ll receive a warm welcome, We’re also available for exclusive hire!
Gibbs Hill Farm, Bardon Mill, Nr Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 7AP
Gibbs Hill Farm Hostel is on a working hill farm near Once Brewed and Hadrian’s Wall and close to the Pennine Way. Designed to reduce energy consumption it is centrally heated throughout. Comprising 3 bunkrooms, 2 shower rooms, 2 toilets, a well equipped kitchen, a comfortable communal area and a large deck where you can enjoy the evening sun. Ideal for families who can book a whole room with private facilities. Study groups welcome. Self catering only.
6 Bridgend, Callander, FK17 8AH
Situated in the town of Callander at the start of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Callander Hostel is a great location for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts alike. With outstanding views over Ben Ledi this Visit Scotland 5* Hostel has comfortable beds, en suite rooms and a fully equipped self-catering kitchen. Everything you need for the perfect retreat. On the Rob Roy Way, Heart200 and NCR 7.
3 Boarshurst Lane, Greenfield, Oldham OL3 7EA
The Boarshurst Centre is situated on the north western edge of the Peak District yet with easy road and rail links to Manchester (12 miles away). With 32 beds across 2 dorms and 2 leaders' rooms the centre provides well appointed self catering accommodation for child, youth, adult and family/friend groups who seek to practice outdoor pursuits. BYO sleeping bags
The Farm, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BL
In the heart of Bamford these two bunkhouses are on a small farm just 3 miles from the iconic Stanage Edge. Perfectly located for visiting Castleton, Chatsworth House & Hathersage. Both bunkhouses are centrally heated with hot showers & well equipped kitchens. Sheets & pillows are provided. BYO sleeping bags.
Garrigill Village Hall, Garrigill, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3DS
Perfect for the Pennine Way or C2C cycle route. In the lovely village of Garrigill, the bunkroom above the village hall sleeps 8 with bedding hire available. Larger groups can BYO bedding and use the hall itself where 12 camp beds are available. There is free WiFi, a well equipped kitchen, showers and drying room. It makes the ideal long distance walk/C2C stop over.
New Ing Lodge, Main Street, Shap, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 3LX
11-bedroom, 11-bathroom B&B & hostel offers comfortable, friendly, accommodation with delicious food. Shap is in the Eden Valley, just off the M6, on the edge of the Lake District National Park. The Howgills & the Pennine Fells are close by. On Wainwright's Coast to Coast, the Westmorland Way & the Miller's Way it's perfect for large groups or individuals.
Ollerbrook Booth, Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 7ZG
Close to the start of the Pennine Way with easy access to Kinder Scout and the village of Edale via a network of footpaths from the doorstep. Castleton, Buxton, Bakewell and Chatsworth House are all within 40 minutes' drive. There are 2 bunkhouses each with a fully equipped kitchen and available for sole use by groups. Bring your own sleeping bags.
The Old Playhouse, Great Hucklow, Derbyshire, SK17 8RF
With all of the Peak District National Park within easy access, the centre is an ideal location for activities and tourism and it welcomes a wide range of groups. 31 or 52 bed configurations can be booked.
The spacious centre includes; a large lounge with library, TV and wood burning stove, well equipped kitchens & dining areas. An extensive network of paths give access to the countryside. Adventure activities available, great for team building & courses.
15 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2PW
In a wonderful location, facing south with a sunny aspect and panoramic views over the city, Castle Rock Hostel is just steps away from the city centre. The historic Royal Mile, the busy pubs, the late-late nightlife of Grassmarket and Cowgate are all only a short walk away. Then, of course, there is the famous Edinburgh Castle.
Most of the rooms have no traffic noise and there are loads of great facilities, 24-hour reception and no curfew.
Lower Station Rd, Tyndrum, FK20 8RY
By The Way Hostel & Campsite lies in the Loch Lomond National Park between Arrochar’s peaks & Glencoe. There’s excellent walking, climbing and white water rafting. The accommodation includes camping, various huts: hobbit houses, posh pods, glamping & trekker huts, camping cabins & a purpose built 4* hostel with twin, double & dormitory rooms, with great self-catering facilities. For more comfort still there are 2 chalets; one with three bedrooms, one with two.
The Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge, W Yorks, HX7 8DG
Expect a warm welcome at Hebden Bridge Hostel. Comfy and welcoming, nestled into woodland, it is only a short walk from the town centre and less than 500m from the Hebden Bridge Loop on the Pennine Way.
A perfect base for hiking, sight-seeing, relaxing or experiencing Hebden Bridge’s vibrant cafés, music, arts and culture.
105 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SG
Royal Mile Backpackers is a small and cosy hostel with its own special character! Perfectly located on the Royal Mile, the most famous street in Edinburgh, Royal Mile Backpackers is the ideal place to stay for the independent traveller.
The comfortable beds and cosy common areas will make you feel at home and the friendly staff are always on hand to help you make the most of your time in Edinburgh.
Market Street, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4QQ
Former Methodist Church with a range of accommodation for individuals, families and groups amongst beautiful authentic features; stained glass, arches and panels. There’s a large dining room & kitchen and a quiet lounge in the gallery. Kirkby Stephen is a market town in the upper Eden Valley. On Wainwright’s Coast to Coast path with easy access to the Pennine Journey, the W2W cycle route, the Howgill Hills, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.
Greta Tower, Sammy Lane, Ingleton, North Yorkshire, LA6 3EG
On the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, surrounded by magnificent countryside with caves, waterfalls and mountains, Ingleton is dominated by Ingleborough, the best known of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks (this is a great base for The Challenge). Known for its walking routes and waterfall trail, the area has plenty for walkers, climbers, mountain bikers and cavers. Licensed and serving tasty meals there is also a self-catering kitchen. Perfect for families and school trips.
Busk Lane, Marsett Lane, Stalling Busk, Leyburn, North Yorks DL8 3DH
Raydale Barn is an off-grid camping barn nr Lake Semerwater in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Matresses for 16 inside plus camping outside in the barn’s own field.
The barn is tucked away about 0.3 miles from the nearest road. It has a gas cooker, a wood burner, toilets and showers, but no electricity. BYO bedding, torch & candles. Pefect for groups of walkers, cyclists, runners and families wanting to explore the Dales.
Florrie's on the Wall, Kingbank, Walton, Cumbria, CA8 2DH
Located right on the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail this newly converted bunkhouse is aimed at walkers or cyclists. With drying room and cycle storage this is the perfect stop-over on the trail. Open for individuals from April to October, Florrie’s provides a comfortable bed, breakfast and evening meals plus the opportunity to socialise with other guests at the bar. From October 2020 the bunkhouse will be open to groups in the winter season with self-catering.
Main Road, Hathersage, S32 1BB
St Michael’s Centre, located in the village of Hathersage, provides high quality family friendly group accommodation, surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the Peak District National Park. There are comfortable dormitory style bunk beds and a lovely central hall which provides a fantastic communal kitchen, dining and lounge area for enjoyable shared living. Attached cottage also available, separately or for larger groups.
Chapel-le-Dale, Ingleton, Carnforth, Lancs, LA6 3AR
Situated near Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales, on the Yorkshire Three Peaks route, The Old School Bunkhouse sleeps up to 26. It has a comfortable lounge, with TV, DVD & WiFi, a large kitchen diner, 4 bathrooms & a drying room with washing machine.
Outside is parking for 12 cars and great views of Ingleborough and Whernside. The pub over the road is ideal for that celebratory drink.
Glencoe Independent Hostel, Glencoe, Argyll, PH49 4HX
Glencoe Independent Hostel lies in secluded woodland midway between Glencoe village and Clachaig Inn with access to world class cycling, walking, climbing and kayaking. The Glencoe Ski Centre and The West Highland Way are just 20 mins away. The alpine bunkhouse sleeps up to 16 in 3 private rooms. There are two bothies with cosy lounges, 4 luxury caravans and 3 luxury log cabins.
Peakstones, Sheen, Derbys, SK17 0ES
Sheen Bunkhouse is in a quiet corner of the Peak District, close to the beautiful Dove and Manifold valleys. It has a well equipped self-catering kitchen, lounge, two bunkrooms and separate toilets & showers.
The Manifold Track, Tissington Trail and High Peak Trail give easy access to beautiful countryside, ideal for families and cyclists. Dovedale and the moors offer stunning walking. Buxton, Leek and Bakewell are within 12 miles and Alton Towers is 20 minutes away by car.
Inchnadamph, Assynt, Nr Lochinver, Sutherland, IV27 4HL
Inchnadamph Lodge has been tastefully converted to provide quality hostel accommodation at a budget price. There’s a large self-catering kitchen, lounge and dining room. The newly converted annex offer a choice of en suite rooms. At the foot of Ben More Assynt, overlooking Loch Assynt, stay and explore one of the wildest areas in the Highlands.
Austwick, Nr Settle, LA2 8AZ
In the Three Peaks area of the Yorkshire Dales, The Dalesbridge has 8 stylish B&B rooms, 8 cabins with bunks, 4 glamping pods & over 100 camping pitches. There’s a cosy bar with log burner & wood fired pizzas at weekends. Two large conference rooms, catering services & a unique event tent makes Dalesbridge ideal for many events and conferences. The stunning local area is perfect for walking, caving & climbing.
Thorpe Farm, Hathersage, Peak District, Via Sheffield, S32 1BQ
Close to Hathersage and 2 miles west of Stanage Edge, the bunkhouses are on a family-run dairy farm. Popular areas for climbing, walking from meadows to moorland with fantastic views & mountain biking. Each bunkhouse is heated and has a living room, kitchen, bathrooms with toilets, showers and washbasins. Sleep in dorms with bunks or the Hayloft has mattresses on the gallery floor. Camping is available. Secure bike storage and free parking.
Broadrake, Chapel-le-Dale, Ingleton, LA6 3AX
Broadrake Bunkbarn offers direct access to the Three Peaks Challenge Walk, The Pennine Journey & The Dales High Way.
This popular accommodation for 20 has an upstairs open-plan living space with excellent self-catering & communal facilities. Perfect for extended family reunions, cyclists, cavers and dark sky enthusiasts. Indivudals, couples and small groups welcome mid-week.
Chapel Lane, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, DE4 4FF
The Glenorchy Centre is on the edge of the Peak District National Park in the historic market town of Wirksworth. The High Peak Trail for walking, pony trekking & cycling, as well as Black Rocks for bouldering & climbing are within two miles. Nearby Cromford has Arkwright’s mills, a World Heritage Site, & Cromford Canal. Suitable for self-catering groups, the accommodation is well appointed with a spacious multi-purpose room & separate dining room.
Bretton, near Eyam, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S32 5QD
Bretton Hostel, between Eyam & Hathersage in the heart of the Peak District, feels remote surrounded by fields on Bretton Edge. Peaceful space with glorious far-reaching views across the Dark & White Peak. Excellent walks & cycle rides from the door. Perfect for winding down in, as a base for outdoor activities & gatherings. Sleeps 17, bedding provided, well equipped kitchen, living/dining room, WiFi, secure cycle store, studio.
1 Achluachrach, By Roy Bridge, Near Fort William, PH31 4AW
Àite Cruinnichidh, 15 miles northeast of Fort William, occupies a unique sheltered spot adjacent to the Monessie Gorge where you can explore remote glens, mountain passes and lochs. The hostel has a fully equipped kitchen/dining room, sitting room, excellent showers, sauna garden. All bedding is provided. Guests enjoy socialising and enjoy the natural environment around the hostel.
Slack House Farm, Gilsland Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 7DB
Slack House Farm is a working, organic dairy farm overlooking Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall. On the NCN 72 cycle trail and bordering the dark-skies of Kielder and the Northumberland National Park. Half a km from Hadrian’s Wall National Trail. The bunk-barn is adjacent to the farm’s cheese dairy. It is heated and has self-catering facilities and an outdoor cooking/barbecue cabin. Provisions available from the adjacent farm-shop
Bunoich Brae, Fort Augustus, PH32 4DG
A multi-award winning 4* hostel with a range of rooms to meet all needs and budgets in the bustling village of Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness. Your perfect base to explore the Loch Ness area and an ideal stop off on the Great Glen Way. Surrounded by stunning mountain scenery and set in wooded grounds the hostel boasts 24 hour self-catering facilities, excellent home-made meal options, a rustic bar, free WiFi, and ample car parking.
Haggs Bank Bunkhouse, Nentsbury, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3LH
Set in the stunning North Pennines AONB, England’s last wilderness. This modern conversion of a historic mine building provides warm accommodation with excellent hot showers for lovers of the great outdoors. Isaac’s Tea Trail and the C2C pass right by. There are self catering facilities and meals can be provided for groups. The campsite has tiered pitches and views across the Nent valley. Electric hook-ups, secure cycle storage and plenty of parking.
Ashbourne Methodist Church, Church Street, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1AE
Ashbourne Gateway Centre, in the pretty market town of Ashbourne, provides groups of up to 27 with a perfect base for exploring the landscape & attractions of the Peak District. It is popular with schools, uniformed & youth groups, gatherings of friends/families and groups of walkers/cyclists. The Tissington trail off-road cycle/walking route starts opposite, while Carsington Water,The Roaches & Alton Towers are close by.
8 Blackfriars St., Edinburgh, EH1 1NE
The High Street Hostel is one of Europe’s best regarded and most atmospheric hostels. It is hugely popular with world travellers. Located just off the historic Royal Mile in a 470 year old building, it is your perfect base for exploring all the city’s many attractions and of course its wonderful nightlife.
Providing excellence in location, ambience and facilities, the hostel is highly recommended by more than ten of the world’s top backpacker travel guides. Come along and see for yourself!
Whernside House, Kettlewell, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5QU
The Rose Award winning Kettlewell Hostel is a stylish Independent Youth Hostel in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Serving hearty, great value homemade meals & local beer in our large dining room. There's a cosy lounge with woodburner, a lovely garden, self-catering kitchen & big bike shed! Sleeps up to 42 in 11 bedrooms. Great walking and cycling routes on the doorstep.
Glencoe, Argyll, PH49 4HY
Within the grounds of the famous Kingshouse Hotel, this brand new, purpose built bunkhouse is right on the West Highland Way amid spectacular Scottish mountain scenery. With 32 beds across 10 rooms there is ample storage. Each each bunk has a locker, reading light, power socket, linen & towels. Ideal for travellers needing a stop-over or as a base to explore Glencoe and beyond.
You’ll find skiing, walking & mountain biking on the doorstep. The Way Inn café offers all day dining & packed lunches. Open from 7.30am to 9pm daily.
Twiston Lane, Downham, Clitheroe, Lancs. BB7 4DF
With unrivalled views of Pendle Hill, Downham Camping Barn is a short walk from Downham village pubs & cafes.
Popular with walkers, cyclists & DofE groups the recently refurbished barn sleeps 12 (BYO camp beds or roll mats). There’s a basic kitchen, sitting area, hot shower & WC. Photovoltaic cells provide power for limited LED lighting (but not for phone charging) and there is a wood-burning stove with fuel available to purchase. Outside there is a gas BBQ & fire pit and space for tents.
Greenhead Hotel, Greenhead, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 7HG
Situated in the village of Greenhead on both the Pennine Way and Hadrian’s Wall, the bunkhouse is ideal for walking the Pennine Way Trail or The Wall Path or for exploring the nearby Roman heritage sites. It has a self-catering kitchen big enough for large groups. The flexible accommodation can be booked by the bed, the room or for sole use. Greenhead hostel/ bunkhouse is run by Greenhead Hotel just over the road.
Mandale Farm, Haddon Grove, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1JF
Renovated to a high standard including double glazing and insulation, the Reckoning House is situated 3 miles from Bakewell. It is on the edge of the Lathkill Dale National Nature Reserve, full of interesting flora and fauna as well as outstanding geological features. Horse riding, fishing, golf and cycle hire are available locally. Local walks include the Limestone Way. Facilities include: cooking area, 4 calor gas rings (gas supplied), hot water for washing up & showers, storage heaters in all rooms.
Evanton, Dingwall, Ross-shire, IV16 9UN
Situated in beautiful Glenglass and sheltered by Ben Wyvis, this comfortable bunkhouse is an ideal base for touring the Highlands. The bunkhouse is at the eastern end of a hikers' route across Scotland and on the Land's End to John O'Groats route. The village has a general shop, Post Office, bus service and an inn (serving good bar meals and breakfasts) 250m away. There is also a camping ground. All areas of the bunkhouse are easily accessible by wheelchair and suitable for the disabled.
Invershin Hotel, Lairg, Sutherland, IV27 4ET
Situated within a small hotel in the north Highlands, the bunkhouse consists of 4 rooms with a shared shower room & toilet. Guests can enjoy the hotel facilities; comfortable reception area, cosy bar with real fire, real ale and regular music sessions. Cyclists, walkers, bikers, fishermen, Munro baggers, families and individuals are all welcome. The bunkhouse is just off the North Coast 500 road route. No self-catering facilities but breakfast & evening meals are available.
9-11 Birch Hall Lane, Earby, Lancashire, BB18 6JX
Cosy, historic hostel with large kitchen & dining room which can seat all 21 people in one room. Lounge with log burner. Secure cycle storage for 20 bikes. Large wildlife garden with BBQ. Private parking for 6 cars.
Great local pub. Medium sized Coop supermarket open 7 days 6am to 10pm. Food available with prior request. Good public transport links.
Comrie Croft, By Crieff/Comrie, Perthshire, PH7 4JZ
Comrie Croft is a perfect rural retreat for mountain bikers, hikers, families & backpackers, just over an hour from Edinburgh & Glasgow. The 4* lodge offers cosy, home style rooms which are also available for sole use & weddings. On-site facilities include café, bike shop, lots of mountain bike trails, family-friendly valley routes and a farm shop. A footpath takes you to the vibrant village of Comrie & gives access to stunning glens and mountains.
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.
Olllerbrook, Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 7ZG
Overlooking Mam Tor, at the start of the Pennine Way, Edale Barn is a traditional camping barn, a stone tent with a wooden sleeping platform. Close to Kinder Scout, Jacobs Ladder, Kinder Downfall & Hollins Cross. Adjoining the barn, but with external access, is a cooking area with a mains water tap and a chemical toilet. There is no heating or electricity. BYO sleeping mats/bags, cooking equipment and torches. Pubs serving meals are as easy walk away.
318 Clyde Street, Glasgow, G1 4NR
Glasgow city centre budget accommodation in mix of en suite private rooms, dorms and VIP suites for groups of 1-20. All rooms are en-suite with mobile cable charging stations. Free superfast WiFi. Perfect for shopping, sports events, gigs & exhibitions. Ideal for individuals & groups. Enjoy ‘All You Can Eat’ buffet breakfasts (£5pp), meal deals and drink promos in the bar.
Just 5 mins from Central Station.
The Royal Oak, Hurdlow, Nr Buxton, SK17 9QJ
Next to an award winning Peak District country pub, The Royal Oak Bunkbarn is perfectly situated with direct access onto the High Peak and Tissington Trails (disused railways for easy off-road cycling). The area is also very popular with climbers and walkers with limestone gorges and stone circles to explore. The bunkbarn offers comfortable, clean bunk bed style rooms ideal for groups of 1 to 34. The five separate bunk rooms are all heated and lockable. Campsite and holiday cottages also available.
Mandally Road, Invergarry, PH35 4HP
Saddle Mountain Hostel is a friendly 4* hostel in Invergarry, between Loch Ness & Fort William, at the junction with the road to Skye. Shortlisted for Hostel of the Year in The TGO Magazine Awards 2019 & 2020. The hostel sleeps 22 in 5 bedrooms (private & dormitory), has a large kitchen, dining room, lounge, & drying room. Perfect for Munro bagging, long distance hiking, cycling, paddling & day trips.