Cumbria Independent Hostels are a local group of Independent Hostels UK. Based in Cumbria and the Lake District these hostels are working together to promote their accommodation. Independent Hostels Cumbria produce a leaflet and have exhibited at Keswick Mountain Show. The hostels and bunkhouses are all members of the Independent Hostels UK Network.
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Friends of Nature House, Waukford, Kirk Yetholm, Kelso,Roxburghshire, TD5 8PG
Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House is perfectly located at the start/end of the Pennine Way. It is also close to St. Cuthbert’s Way, the Borderloop Cycle Route and Sustrans Route 84. It’s a great base too for local day hikes, ideal for individuals, families and small groups. Recently upgraded, the house offers a comfortable, friendly and peaceful retreat. Evening meals and breakfast are available in the adjacent hotel.
South Laggan, Spean Bridge, Invernesshire, PH34 4EA
Located between mountains and lochs 20 miles north of Fort William and 10 miles south of Loch Ness, the Great Glen Hostel is your ideal base. Perfect for touring the Highlands, bagging Munros or paddling rivers and lochs. It’s only a short walk to the Great Glen Way. The hostel provides comfortable, well appointed accommodation in twin, family and dormitory rooms and has a shop where you can buy your essentials.
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 or relaxing. Fish in the nearby lochs or simply enjoy the flora and fauna. Hot showers, spotless accommodation, an unbelievable price and the feeling of remoteness make the Bothy and Campsite a firm favourite. There is also a holiday cottage for hire.
45/47 Victoria Street, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3BS
Providing nightly and weekly self-catering accommodation in the captivating small town of Stromness, Orkney. Within walking/cycling distance of the ancient Maeshowe, Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae. Stromness has a museum, art centre, festivals, scuba diving, sea angling etc. Facilities include fully equipped kitchens, single, double, twin, triple and family bedrooms, some with sinks and others with ensuite. All with towels and bedding inclusive. WiFi. Cycle storage & free car park up the lane.
Craig Achnashellach, Strathcarron, Wester Ross, IV54 8YU
Gerry’s Hostel is situated in a wilderness area on the most scenic railway in Britain. It is on the Cape Wrath Trail, The T.G.O Challenge Route and is 0.5 miles from the Coulin Pass at Craig. It sleeps up to 20 in a large dormitory & private rooms, with some heating. The beds are all made up with sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers. Meals & draught ale are 15 min drive away. Great location for walking, climbing, fishing, cycling, golfing and wildlife watching.
Keepers Lodge, Colonsay Estate Cottages, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll, PA61 7YP
Come to Colonsay Backpackers Lodge & savour the idyll of this Inner Hebridean island. Explore the magnificent sandy beaches, ancient forests & beautiful lochs.Wildlife abounds; spot dolphins, seals, otters & many rare birds. The pub, café & shop are 3 miles away. Or buy fresh lobster, crab & oysters from the fishing boats. The lodge is a refurbished gamekeeper’s house with bothies. Centrally heated, it has 2 twin, 3 twin bunk & 2 three-bedded rooms.
Inchnadamph, Elphin, Sutherland. IV27 4HL
Inchnadamph Explorers Lodge is a grand house tastefully converted to provide a variety of accommodation in the Scottish Highlands.Choose from private rooms, dorms, a self-catering cottage, shepherd huts and steading studio apartments.Located at the foot of Ben More Assynt, overlooking Loch Assynt, it is a great base to explore one of the wildest areas in the Highlands. On North Coast 500 classic road route.
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.It is an 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.
Birsay Hostel in the northwest corner of the Orkney mainland offers comfortable accommodation for groups of 10 to 26 in 5 bedrooms. An ideal venue for outdoor education trips, clubs or family gatherings. It has a well equipped kitchen, dining area, drying room, disabled access and all bed linen is provided. There is a campsite in the extensive grounds. Close to spectacular coast, RSPB reserves, early settlements and UNESCO heritage sites.
25 Kenneth St, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2DR
The Heb Hostel is a family-run backpackers hostel in the heart of Stornoway on the enchanting Isle of Lewis. It’s ideal for travellers visiting the Hebrides. Cyclists, walkers, surfers, families & groups are all welcome. Clean, comfortable, friendly & relaxed, Heb Hostel aims to provide a quality stay at budget prices. There are many facilities, including a common room with peat fire, free WiFi and local guides.
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.
Back Green, Portsoy, AB45 2AF
Situated on the shore of the Moray Firth coast in Portsoy, The Sail Loft has a stunning location. Converted from a former sail making loft, The Sail Loft is modern and well equipped. It provides self-catering accommodation for 25 in a mixture of single accessible, twin, triple and bunk rooms, with secure cycle storage, cycle wash-down facilities and an outdoor wood fired hot tub. The Sail Loft is a short easy walk from Portsoy town centre and its charming 17th century historic harbour. Groups welcome.
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.
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.
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.
Great Glen Way, Banavie, Fort William, Inverness-shire, PH33 7LY
Chase The Wild Goose is on the Great Glen Way in the village of Banavie, near Fort William, at the end of the West Highland Way. You can be sure of a warm welcome, a comfortable bed and the company of like-minded travellers in a pleasant out-of-town environment. Whether you are on a relaxing holiday with family or friends, enjoying the adventure of a lifetime or travelling the world. Take time out in the Scottish Highlands. The scenery is breath-taking! The hospitality is second to none!
Bridge House, Well Road, Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway, DG10 9JT
This friendly family run hostel has been designed with comfort and the outdoor enthusiast in mind. Situated on the edge of the pretty town of Moffat, the hostel sleeps up to 18 in a selection of en-suite quad, twin & double rooms. It has bike/kayak storage, bike wash area, drying room and all bedding is provided. A perfect stopover on the Lejog cycle route & the Southern Upland Way. Book a bed, a room or the whole place.
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.
Ballater Hostel, Bridge Square, Ballater, AB35 5QJ
Ballater Hostel lies in the centre of Ballater, near Balmoral, on the east side of the Cairngorms National Park. Traditional dorms & private rooms, along with a large open plan kitchen/dining/communal area make a great space to relax . Drying room and cycle storage available. Either book the whole hostel, a room or just a bed with no minimum stay. Excellent facilities, comfortable beds and a warm and friendly welcome awaits you - the kettle is always on!
Surrounded by magnificent scenery, the Hoy Centre is perfect a peaceful & relaxing holiday. It’s also an ideal venue for walking, 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 & cliffs with a large variety of wildlife including arctic hares.
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 bed bunk rooms, a well-equipped kitchen, woodburner and stunning views.
Glenprosen, Kirriemuir, Angus, DD8 4SA
Glenprosen is the most intimate of the Angus Glens on the southernmost edge of the Cairngorms National Park. Two Munros; the Mayar and Driesh link Glenprosen to the Cairngorms plateau.Prosen Hostel is also close to the upgraded East Cairngorms footpath network. Converted to the latest and greenest specification, the 4* hostel offers cosy, quality accommodation for 18. With 4 rooms, sleeping 4, 4 and 6 in bunks and a family room sleeping 4. You can also hire the nearby village hall.
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. Stock up on supplies from Tarbert or Ardrishaig / Lochgilphead.
Glencoe, Near Ballachulish, Highland, PH49 4HX
Heart of Glencoe Holidays lies in secluded woodland midway between Glencoe village and Clachaig Inn, with access to world-class cycling, walking, climbing and kayaking. Glencoe Ski Centre and West Highland Way are just 20 mins away. The alpine bunkhouse sleeps up to 16 in 3 private rooms. There is also 1 cottage with open fire, 4 luxury caravans and 3 luxury log cabins. Fantastic drying room, fast WiFi and epic mountain views.
6 Bridgend, Callander, FK17 8AH
Situated in the town of Callander at the start of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, CYP Holidays is a great location for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts alike. With outstanding views over Ben Ledi this accommodation 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
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.
Tongue, By Lairg, Sutherland, IV27 4XH
The Kyle of Tongue Hostel & Campsite is a stone lodge & campsite, 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, a relaxing cafe bar, a lounge/dining room and a well stocked shop. The campsite is fully equipped and has panoramic views of Castle Varich, Ben Hope & Ben Loyal. Holiday cottage and static caravan are also available.
Lime Park, Broadford, Isle of Skye IV49 9AE
Skye Basecamp is a fabulous centrally located bunkhouse with mostly 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.
Glebe Barn, Isle of Eigg, Inner Hebrides, PH42 4RL
Glebe Barn offers 4* homely accommodation on the extraordinary Isle of Eigg. It is situated within 1 mile of the island shop & café/restaurant. Offering outstanding sea views, it sleeps up to 22 in twin, triple, family & dorm rooms. Perfect for individuals, families or groups. Also two person mezzanine apartment.
Church Place, Findhorn, Forres, Moray, IV36 3YR
Findhorn Village Hostel is right by the beautiful Moray Coast. Great wildlife sites & the Speyside distilleries are within reach. It provides self-catering accommodation for groups or individuals. It has shared bunkrooms, a two-person room & an en-suite family room. Large communal kitchen/ dining/ living area. A self-contained studio (6 beds) has a small kitchenette & en-suite shower.
Mabie Forest, Dumfries, DG2 8HB
Marthrown is set in the heart of Mabie Forest, 6 miles south of Dumfries. It has a sauna, a wood burning spring water hot tub, a large BBQ, garden areas, a challenge course and plenty of room for groups. There are a variety of mountain bike routes including the 7Stanes mountain bike trails nearby. Catered meals available for groups. As well as the bunkhouse, there are also Mongolian yurts, a Bell tent and the jewel in the crown is the Iron Age Roundhouse for parties or weddings
Mandally Road, Invergarry, PH35 4HP
Saddle Mountain Hostel is a friendly 5* hostel in Invergarry, between Loch Ness & Fort William, at the junction with the road to Skye. The 20 bed hostel has 5 bedrooms (4 private & 1 dormitory), a large kitchen, dining room, lounge & drying room. Perfect for Munro bagging, long distance hiking, cycling, paddling & day trips. Available for individual bookings and exclusive use. Exclusive use bookings only during winter.
Coiltie Farmhouse, East Lewiston, Drumnadrochit, Inverness, IV63 6UJ
This former Highland farmhouse provides warm & friendly hostel accommodation. Ideally situated within walking distance of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and the Great Glen Way & with pubs, restaurants & supermarket close by. Residents-only bar. Hiking tours, fishing, watersports, mountain biking can be arranged locally. Whisky & beer tasting by arrangement. Catering for groups of 10+. Pet-friendly by arrangement.
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.
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.Credited 4 Stars VisitScotland
Glenfinnan Station, Glenfinnan, nr Fort William, PH37 4LT
Unique, quirky comfortable compartments in a vintage railway carriage at Glenfinnan Station. At the start of the Viaduct Trail to the viewpoint for the Glenfinnan Viaduct (Harry Potter films). En-route to Skye (Mallaig ferry), Knoydart & the Small Isles. Kitchen, seating area, WC, shower & drying room. Breakfast, lunch, evening meals in walking distance.
Port Mor, Isle of Muck, PH41 2RP
This self-catering hostel can also be hired as a holiday cottage. The bunkhouse overlooks the ferry port of Port Mor, it is near to The Tearoom and to the island’s Community Hall. The Isle of Muck is just 2 miles long by 1 mile wide and has a population of 35 people. With a rich cultural heritage and amazing wildlife, Muck is the perfect place to unwind. BYO bedding/towel or hire them from the hostel. Bring your own food supplies (no general store on Muck).
Rackwick Hostel, Rackwick, Hoy, Orkney, KW16 3NJ
Situated in the north of Hoy, breeding ground for many birds, including puffins, & site of famous 137m sea stack, The Old Man of Hoy. Wild flowers and bird life make this a must-visit location for naturalists.Overlooking Rackwick Bay (one of the most beautiful places in Orkney). Sleeps 8 across 2 bunk rooms. A small kitchen with good range of utensils & separate dining area. Bedding provided. Free car parking and bike storage.
Stafford Street, Helmsdale, Sutherland, KW8 6JR
Set in the scenic coastal village of Helmsdale, all six rooms at the Lodge are en-suite. There is a fully equipped kitchen and comfortable lounge area with log burning stove. On the NC500 and Land’s End to John O’Groats routes, the Lodge is popular with ‘end to enders’ and walkers exploring the far north Marilyn Hills. Perfect stopover en route to Orkney. Pets welcome on request. Groups welcome.
Kershader, South Lochs, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9QA
On the unspoilt 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.
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.
Dalmally Road, Inveraray, Argyll, PA32 8XD
The historic town of Inveraray, on the western shore of Loch Fyne, is a superb location for exploring Scotland’s Southern Highlands and Islands. Inverarary Hostel is perfect for independent holidaymakers who enjoy socialising.The hostel offers simple, comfortable accommodation in private rooms, an excellent self-catering kitchen, communal dining area and a cosy wee lounge.
Comrie Croft, By Crieff/Comrie, Perthshire, PH7 4JZ
Comrie Croft is the Highland Edge retreat for hikers, families, friends & mountain bikers, just over an hour from Edinburgh & Glasgow. The eco-lodge offers beautiful en suite rooms with king-size beds, lots of wood & natural touches. Together with a barn, courtyard & wild places it is also available for sole use & weddings. On-site facilities include a field-to-fork café, bike shop & hire, lots of bike trails & farm shop. A footpath takes you to the village of Comrie & to stunning glens and mountains.