The Land’s End To John O’ Groats Walk is an incredible challenge for any walker.
The Route can be walked using a number of recognised long distance walk routes.
There are Independent Hostels along the route which can be combined with other accommodation along the route. Land's End To John O'Groats Walk
Mandally Road, Invergarry, PH35 4HP
Saddle Mountain Hostel is a friendly 4* hostel in Invergarry, between Loch Ness & Fort William by the road to Skye.
Shortlisted for Hostel of the Year in The Great Outdoors Magazine Awards 2019 & 2020. There are 5 private bedrooms on a room-only basis available for between 1 and 5 people. Each bedroom is for one household only. Perfect for Munro bagging, long distance hiking, cycling, paddling & day trips.
1 Chapel Lane, Horton in Ribblesdale, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 0HA
Situated close to the Golden Lion Hotel in the idyllic village of Horton in Ribblesdale the 3 Peaks bunkbarns are available for groups or individuals. An ideal location for walking the Pennine Way and climbing the 3 Peaks (Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough & Whernside). The main bunkbarn has 2 large dormitory style bunkrooms, each sleeping up to 20 people. In the brand new second bunkbarn, there are four bunkrooms each sleeping up to 6 people.
Mill Barn, Trevescan, Sennan, Nr Land's End, Penzance, TR19 7AQ
A lovely hostel just half a mile from the start/finish line and from NCN 3. Great accommodation at a great price will make for a great start/end to your adventure.
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17 St Stephen's Street, Bristol, BS1 1EQ
Bristol's most central backpacker hostel. Clean & comfortable beds - mixed/single sex dorms - private rooms - individual bathrooms & free hot showers - free linen - large self-catering kitchen - free tea, coffee & hot chocolate. Late night basement bar - piano & guitar room - DVD lounge - free WiFi - luggage storage room - laundrette.
Run by backpackers for backpackers - No curfew after check in.
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.
Haye Farm, Ribbesford, Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 2TP
This bunkhouse on a working farm has a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, dining room and lounge. Enjoy the quiet rural location on the covered decking, patio (with BBQ) and lawn. The nearby Wye Forest is one of the largest remaining ancient forests in England. On the Worcestershire Way and close to the Severn Way and Mercian Way (NCN route 45) at Bewdley (1 mile). The West Midland Safari Park and Severn Valley Railway are also very close.
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.
Osmotherley, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 3AH
Situated in a beautiful secluded valley in the NY Moors National Park, this refurbished mill with en suite rooms, is perfect for those wishing to explore the Yorkshire moors, dales & coast. You can book the whole Mill, a room or a bed. Great for educational groups, families, outdoor clubs and gatherings of friends. Group activities and catering available. Next to Cod Beck reservoir, Cleveland Way, Coast to Coast & Lyke Wake Walk.
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.
Coiltie Farmhouse, East Lewiston, Drumnadrochit, Inverness, IV63 6UJ
This 18th-century Highland farmhouse provides warm & friendly hostel accommodation. Ideally situated within walking distance of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, on the Great Glen Way and with pubs, restaurants and supermarket close by. Residents-only bar offers over 50 Scottish beers and 25 Scotch whiskies. Hiking tours, fishing, watersports and mountain biking can all be arranged locally. Free parking. Pet-friendly (some rooms only - please contact us). Bike storage available except in Jul/Aug.
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* hostel 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.
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.
Upper Hulme Mill, Roach Road, Upper Hulme, Nr Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8TY
The Roaches Bunkhouse is at the foot of The Roaches gritstone edge in the Peak District. The area has some of the best climbing in the country plus walks & cycling in stunning scenery.
The communal area has tables & chairs, log fire, DVDs & board games. Self-catering facilities are available in a small kitchen. Outside BBQ area. On site parking. Walking distance of Ye Old Rock Inn & the Roaches Tearooms. 3 miles to the bustling market town of Leek.
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 and the 7Stanes mountain bike trails are nearby. Catered meals available for groups. As well as the bunkhouse, there are also Mongolian yurts, an American style tipi and the jewel in the crown is the Iron Age Roundhouse for parties or weddings.
134 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5AB
Located in the centre of beautiful Pitlochry, this friendly, cosy hostel is an old Victorian hotel literally bursting with character and provides dormitory and en suite private rooms. Comfy beds come with fitted sheets, duvets and 2 fluffy pillows and private rooms have fresh towels. The bright spacious lounge has comfy sofas and as many free hot drinks as you can drink. There's free WiFi, games, musical instruments and a free pool table. A great place to meet like minded people. You won't want to leave!
Wee Row Hostel, Wee Row, New Lanark, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ML11 9DJ
Located in the heart of New Lanark World Heritage Site and just one hour's drive from either Glasgow or Edinburgh, Wee Row is the perfect base for your holiday. The award winning New Lanark Visitor Centre is on the doorstep; step back in time and rediscover life in this working mill village. The hostel sleeps 62 in 18 private rooms (all en suite) and has terrific views over the River Clyde and surrounding countryside. Facilities include bike storage, laundry and drying room. Breakfasts and evening meals are available at the New Lanark Mill Hotel.
45 Ford Street, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor, Devon, TQ13 8LN
The hostel’s accommodation is in a beautifully converted stone stable, with solar-heated showers, a fully equipped kitchen and a secure bike shed. The Tour Of Britain and other cycle events take place in this area.
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Stafford Street, Helmsdale, Sutherland, KW8 6JR
The hostel offers spacious en suite accommodation to walkers and cyclists, including fully equipped kitchen and comfortable lounge area with log burning stove.
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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.
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 cheap meal options, a rustic bar, free WiFi, bike hire and ample car parking.
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.
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.
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.
Alma Road, Fort William, PH33 6HB
Surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery, Fort William is a mecca for those with a spirit of adventure. You can start (or end) the West Highland Way in Fort William, hike or bike along mountain trails, go for a boat trip on the sea loch or just take it easy amidst the wonderful scenery. Even in winter Fort William stays busy with skiing, snow-boarding, mountaineering and ice-climbing. Set on a hillside above the town, with wonderful views, this cosy hostel provides all you'll need after a day in the hills.
19 Brunswick Square, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7LR
Close to Penrith town centre and perfect for the C2C cycle route.
Excellent value accommodation to those visiting Penrith, the Eden Valley and the North Lake District National Park. Bike cleaning and maintenance facilities and bike hire on site. Full kitchen and dining facilities, en suite rooms with made up beds, lockers, bedside lights. Individuals, small parties and groups welcome.
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.
Ilderton, Wooler, Northumberland NE66 4JL
Ilderton Dod Barns, in Northumberland National Park, include The Barn, which sleeps 9 in one large sleeping area and Cuckoo Cottage which sleeps 3. On a working hill farm down a 1.5 mile private track, the former stables have been recently converted to provide quality, cosy, self catering accommodation. Ideally located close to The Pennine Way, The Sandstone Way & with many other footpaths & bridleways on the doorstep. The perfect base for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders (paddocks available).
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.
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.
Steps Bridge, Dunsford, Devon, EX6 7EQ
In secluded, native woodland on the eastern edge of Dartmoor, the cabin has been a hostel since the 1930s. Friendly and peaceful, with a homely living room, wood burner, self-catering kitchen, picnic tables, BBQ and fire pit. Walk straight from the door to Heltor and Blackingstone Rock or along the river to Fingle Bridge and Castle Drogo. Cross stepping stones to Dunsford village. Near Moretonhampstead and Exeter. On the LEJOG cycling route.
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.
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.
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.
36 Abbey Street, Carlisle, CA3 8TX
Hadrian's Wall, Cumbria Way, St Cuthberts Way, Reviers Way and Lands End to John O'Groats all pass within 250 metres of Carlisle City Hostel. What better place could there be to stay?
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9 Bridewell Street, Bristol, BS1 2QD
Bristol Wing will be closed until next March 2021.
This modern hostel, in the historic old police headquarters, is in the heart of the city centre. A mix of private, en suite and dorm rooms makes it ideal for single travellers, couples and families. Close to the bus station, just 20 mins from Bristol Temple Meads and perfectly located for Bristol’s best shopping from the independent shops of Park Street & Clifton, to big name brands in Cabot Circus or quirky market stalls in St Nicholas’s Market. Meeting rooms are available next door where there is also a conference room and events space which can seat up to 220 people.
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 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.
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.
Land’s End to John O’Groats Walk
There are many many route options to take taking on the Land’s End to John O’Groats walk (LEJOG) (or indeed the other way- JOGLE). We particularly like the route which links a number of well known long distance trails from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Other options are available on the
LDWA website. England- Land’s End to The end of the Pennine Way
Starting with the
Land’s End Trail or the Mary Michael Pilgrim’s Way walkers can head up the spine of Cornwall, go over or around Dartmoor and head up through Devon and Somerset until they meet the Somerset Way in Glastonbury. From Bath the Cotswold Way takes the walker all the way to just east of Gloucester. On the west of the city is the Severn Way which can be walked all the way to Coalport near Iron Bridge where it meets the Sebrina Way Long Distance bridle path. The Sebrina Way crosses the Trent Valley and heads up into the Southern Peak District. At Alstonefield it comes close to the Limestone Way and walkers can join this 60 mile route which takes them through the heart of the White Peak all the way to Castleton. From Castleton it is not a long walk over the hill to Edale and the start of the Pennine Way. This iconic route, the first National Trail, takes the walker the 251 miles through the Pennine hills to Kirk Yetholm on the Scottish Border. Here it joins the Scottish National Trail.
Scotland- Kirk Yetholm to John O’Groats
The Scottish National Trail takes the walker through the borders, visits Edinburgh and follows the great canals through Falkirk and North of Glasgow. Where it meets the
West Highland Way. Here the walker can choose to head up the West Highland way to Fort William and then take the Great Glen Way to Inverness. Alternatively stay on the the Scottish National Trail as it It heads up through the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, across to the Cairngorms and meets the Great Glen Way at Kingussie (however this route may require camping in the Cairngorms). Following the Great Glen past Loch Ness to Inverness the walker will pass stunning scenery. From Inverness the last stage of the Land’s End to John O’Groats walk route can be followed using the John O’ Groats Trail which skirts the coast all the way to the tip of mainland Britain. Just 5 miles west of the historic end point is BB’s Bunkhouse where you will be made more than welcome after your trip. The route described is dotted with Independent Hostels along the route. It is possible to walk the whole Land’s End to John O’Groats walk route using independent hostels, YHAs and the occasional B&B with the exception of the Scottish National Trail through the Cairngorms which may require a tent. We would love to hear if you have tried this Land’s End to John O’Groats walk route or walked another route (either LEJOG or JOGLE) using independent hostels. Please get in touch with your suggestions so we can update this page
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