Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House, Friends of Nature House ,Waukford, Kirk Yetholm, Kelso,Roxburghshire, TD5 8PG

Call The Manager on 01573 420639


Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House, nestling below the picturesque village green, is a former village school that has been offering hostel style accommodation for over 75 years. Located at the start / end of the Pennine Way it is a classic stop and is also ideal for those doing the St. Cuthbert's Way and for cyclists on the Borderloop Cycle Route or Sustrans Route 84. A great base for local day hikes, particularly suited to individuals, families and small groups. Recently upgraded, the house offers a friendly and peaceful retreat after a day exploring the stunning countryside and local heritage. There is a comfortable lounge, a well equipped kitchen, seating for 18 in the dining area and secure bike storage. Evening meals and breakfast are available in adjacent Border Hotel. Well stocked village shop and other eateries 10 min's walk away. FoN is one of Europe's oldest environmental groups with 600K members and 800 houses across Europe. Under 16's should be accompanied by an adult sharing the same dorm.

This accommodation is featured on our map of Northumberland and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    22: 1x7, 1x5, 1x4, 2x2 (twin), 1x2 (bunk).
  • Open:

    All year (Nov-Feb groups only). Reception 5pm-11pm & 8am-10am.
  • Price per night:

    From £20, under 18’s from £17. Discounts for IFN / SYHA / HI.
  • Booking:

    Book via website, email or phone. Verbal bookings held until 6pm daily.
  • Directions:

    OS Grid Ref: NT 826 282. Geo-Coord: 55.533378 -2.277233. 7 miles from Kelso on Pennine Way. Located 100m below the village green at Kirk Yetholm.
  • Public Transport:

    Kelso to Kirk Yetholm approx every 2hrs. Stops within 100m of building. Connections onwards from Kelso to all parts of country and to rail station
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation is in a National Park, is available to individuals, is an 'Eco Hostel' and has a pub within walking distance. It is on a dark sky area, the Sandstone Way, the Scottish National Trail, the present or past youth hostel page and the Pennine Way.

It has availability at Spring Bank Holiday and Whitsun Half Term.


bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
hSome areas heated
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
iDrying room
0VisitScotland Quality Assured
yYHA Affiliated


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News & Offers from Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House

Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House..CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

March 19th 2020

With a heavy heart we regret to announce that we will not be opening on 3rd April as planned due to the deepening Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation.

In a small building with shared facilities it is inevitable that close contact will be made with others staying no matter the level of preventative measures such as hand and surface cleaning. We also have a duty to the wider community to reduce contact and spread of this virus.

We have initially blocked bookings for 3 months until July 1st, but this again may need to be reviewed. Please watch the web booking link for when we are likely to re-open:

We look forward to seeing you later this year or in 2021… 🙂

Wishing everyone strength and courage at this time. Look after especially those with health conditions and the elderly. We will overcome this situation so do not lose sight of hope!

Simon, Maureen and the volunteers at Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House


Expand Your Horizons… Friends of Nature celebrate 125yrs…

February 22nd 2020

Kirk Yetholm along with some 800 other Friends of Nature/Naturefriends houses across the globe celebrate 125th Anniversary in 2020.

#naturefriends #friendsofnature

With 350,000 members worldwide, come join our global family of friends spanning some 40 countries as we celebrate 125yrs of supporting sustainable and healthy lifestyles, international co-operation and protection of nature.

Together for a Promising Future! See our fact sheet here:

For UK or find your country here:


Just opened for 2019, Kirk Yetholm Hostel starts it’s 77th year of operation with some expertly installed new beds.

April 18th 2019

The Friends of Nature House at Kirk Yetholm is famous for its location on the Pennine Way and Land’s End to John o’ Groats routes.

Kirk Yetholm Hostel is part of the Friends of Nature group.  Its a three star hostel and has the Walkers Welcome and Cyclists Welcome tourist board awards, which shows how ideal the accommodation is for outdoor enthusiasts.  The hostel has been enjoying ongoing improvements over the last 6 years with smaller bedrooms, upgraded kitchen, green improvements like solar thermal hot water and wood burning stove for heat and now some expertly installed new beds.

We’re not sure whether the Snoopy work party was a success… one spent most of the time sleeping.  (see more picture on Borders Friends of Nature facebook).

snoopys building beds at Kirk Yetholm Hostel

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