Hostels and Bunkhouses near Mountains : Accommodation in Scotland, Wales & England

Self catering bunkhouses & hostels
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The mountains of England, Scotland and Wales have a wonderful selection of hostels and bunkhouses, which offer great value self-catering accommodation in stunning mountain locations for individuals, couples and groups. Aimed at the outdoor enthusiasts bunkhouses and hostels provide drying rooms for wet weather gear and wash-down and storage facilities for mountains bikes. Often in stunning landscapes on the fells or in mountain valleys close to a village pub, all the accommodation on this page are accessible from nearby mountains routes. Some are right on a mountain and can only be reached on foot.

Hostels and Bunkhouses in the Mountain
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Hostels and Bunkhouses in the Mountains.

The mountains of England, Scotland and Wales boast a wonderful selection of hostels and bunkhouses, which offer great value self-catering accommodation in stunning mountain locations. These hostels and bunkhouses have grown up over the years to meet the accommodation needs of the hundreds and thousands of visitors to the UK’s spectacular mountain ranges such as the Cairngorms and the Grampians in Scotland, the Cumbrian Mountains and the Pennines in England and Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons in Wales.

Skiddaw Mountain in the Lake District
Skiddaw Mountain in the Lake District

  In the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, a mountain is usually defined as any summit at least 2,000 feet (or 610 metres) high, whilst the official UK government’s definition of a mountain, for the purposes of access, is a summit of 600 metres or higher.

Self-catering Accommodation for Mountain Adventurers.

Whatever you passion, be it mountaineering, hill-walking, rock climbing, skiing, snow boarding, ice climbing, scrambling, mountain biking, Munro or Wainwright bagging, golf, canoeing, kayaking  or canyoning you are sure to find a hostel or bunkhouse close to your chosen area.  Use the map above (enlarge it as necessary) as a quick and easy way of finding the closest accommodation to the area you want to visit.

Planning mountain walks

Many of these hostels have been specifically designed with mountain sport enthusiasts in mind.  Indeed some are run by mountain guides and offer guiding and lots of advice. Others are outdoor activity centres and you can hire equipment and provide instruction.   The facilities will typically include a boot room, drying facilities, equipment storage, robust central heating, plenty of hot water and large comfortable bunks.  Along with a warm welcome, great company and lots of local knowledge.  Click any of the red flags on the map above and you will get to our feature of that hostel or bunkhouse with all relevant details.  Scroll down that page and you can link into the hostel’s own website for even more information.

Hostels and Bunkhouses for Mountain Lovers.

You don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to feel at home in the mountain hostels and bunkhouses.  Almost all the hostels and bunkhouses in the UK’s mountainous regions are accessible by car and provide low cost, self-catering accommodation as you tour the mountain ranges.  Uniquely hostels and bunkhouses are the only type of self-catering accommodation that you can book for just one night.  Of course you can book for much longer too! Photographers, wild life watchers and nature lovers whether they are individuals, families or groups of friends are all frequent visitors to the mountain hostels and bunkhouses in the UK.  You will also find that many hostels and bunkhouses  in the mountain regions also have private and family rooms.

Hostels and Bunkhouses in the Mountains of Scotland

You will find hostels and bunkhouses in all the main Scottish mountain areas.  In the Cairngorms at the eastern edge of the Grampian mountains; around Ben Nevis , the UK’s highest mountain; in Fort William, the spiritual home of downhill mountain biking and near to the Cullin Ridge in Skye, said to make the experienced walker’s heart flutter!

sGerrys Hostel in the Mountains of Scotland

Knoydart Bunkhouse on the remote peninsula of Knoydart is ideal for mountain lovers. Cut off from the Scottish mainland by rugged, mountainous terrain with few paths, Knoydart is home to 3 Munros including mainland Britain’s most westerly, Ladhar Bheinn. A National Scenic Area with miles of stunning walks, both high up and in the glens, Knoydart is also a haven for coastal and land-based wildlife. Bring walking boots and binoculars and you’re set for a holiday to remember.

And if you are a Munro bagger you are sure to find a hostel or bunkhouse close to most of the 282 Munros.  A Munro is defined as a Scottish mountain over 3,000 feet (914 metres) in height.  They are named after Sir Hugh Munro who was the first person to compile a list of them in 1891.

 Hostels and Bunkhouses in the Mountains of Wales

There are 47 hostels and bunkhouses in the mountainous areas of Wales.  From the map above you will see that these tend to cluster in Snowdonia  and the Brecon Beacons. Both areas are a haven for the mountain lovers amongst us, with a huge range of activities and tourist attractions on hand.  Climbers, walkers, mountain bikers, canoeist and kayakers are all regular visitors to both the Welsh mountains and the local hostels and bunkhouses. 

Cambrian Mountains in South Wales
Cambrian Mountains in South Wales

While Bouce Below, deep inside Llechwedd slate caverns,  Zip World Velocity, the longest zip line in Europe and the fastest in the world, the National Whitewater Centre in Bala, Snowdon Mountain Railway in Llanberis are just a few  example of the hundreds of tourist attractions in the Welsh mountains to keep you and your family entertained.

Hostel and Bunkhouses in the Mountains of England

The 48 hostels and bunkhouses in the mountains of England are found mainly in the Lake District with others located in and around the Northumberland National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District.  The map above will show you their exact location. Once again these hostels and bunkhouses provide all types of visitors to the mountains of England with cost effective and flexible accommodation self-catering accommodation in a stunning mountain setting. 

Skiddaw House is one of the most loved mountain hostels.  High up on the shoulder of Skiddaw Mountain this old hunting lodge has been preserved by generations of trusties to provide a warm and comfortable welcome in the wilds of the Lakeland Mountains.

Skiddaw Mountain showing Skiddaw House Independent Hostel
Skiddaw Mountain showing Skiddaw House Independent Hostel

Bring your club or group of friends/family to a mountain hostel or bunkhouse.

Many of the 150 hostels and bunkhouses in our beautiful British mountains  can  be hired exclusively for your group or party.  These ‘sole use’ bookings  have become more and more popular in recent years, as groups of friends, families and sports clubs enjoy the space and the facilities that these hostels and bunkhouses provide.  Not to mention the very good value for money a ‘sole use’ booking represents.

How about spending a big birthday,  Easter, Christmas or New Year with a big group of friends or family in a spectacular mountain location, with stunning views, loads of wild life and wonderful dark skies?  You need look no further….there is sure to be a hostel or bunkhouse to suit your needs.

Mountains of Snowdonia