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 St Cuthbert's Way Sand Stone Way Scottish National Trail Pennine Way
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available August Bank Holiday 2021 Available Autumn Half Term 2021 Available Easter 2022 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2022 Available Spring Bank Holiday or Whitson Half Term 2022


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: August 1st Opening… WELCOME BACK!!

February 26th 2021

With the recent UK Govt. road map to coming out of lockdown and Scotland perhaps being a little more cautious, this seems a realistic best guess. Our priority remains the safety of our guests, volunteers and the local community – we do not want to encourage movement and mixing of people until majority of the population has been vaccinated.

Details, availability and online booking are available one our website.  Remember our newly formed community shop for your local provisions and the Border Hotel and Plough Hotel  will both be open for food and beverages.  The Community of Yetholm sends out warm greetings and looks forward to welcoming visitors back to the village.    See you soon with Smiles instead of facemasks!! 🙂


Signs of Life 2021…

February 3rd 2021

One year today since we planted trees at Kirk Yetholm for the 125th Anniversary of Friends of Nature. Both seem to have rooted, the Mountain Ash growing by circa 15cm and the Bird Cherry by 40 cm.

Great to see the snowdrops beginning to emerge, nature is waiting patiently to bring us new growth.

Last year was not totally without hope. We manage to get our 125 trees funded in the Highlands (well actually the total stands at 138 at time of writing) and a further 125 more locally in the Scottish Borders via Borders Forest Trust at Gameshope (near Selkirk).

Our ‘Trees for Life’ grove is ongoing and always available for trees to be added – a great place to dedicate a tree for a birthday, celebration or just a special day… you can write as much as you want on the Tree for Life web page which is a lasting reminder – it is fascinating reading thoughts from all parts of UK/Europe:

As Spring is on the horizon… we hope Covid-19 vaccines will roll-out TO ALL across the globe with an end to physical distancing and once again be able to see smiles instead of face coverings. Hang in there everyone!! 🙂


Kirk Yetholm FoN House – 2021 Open for Bookings! 🙂

October 2nd 2020

Our house at Kirk Yetholm anticipates opening for the 2021 season on Friday 26th March. Current Scottish Govt. guidelines will limit stays to private rooms only and for those within the same family/social bubble.

More details along with link to the web booking engine here:
We look forward to welcoming back both regulars and new visitors to our village and to the wonderful Scottish Borders countryside… whether you are a walker, cyclist or just exploring – you will be sure to have a pleasant stay!
Stay Safe and See You Soon… 🙂
Simon and Maureen. xxx


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