Scottish Borders, Glasgow & Edinburgh: Hostels, bunkhouses, bothies

Self catering bunkhouses & hostels
scottish borders Glasgow, Edinburgh hostels

Hostels and bunkhouses providing self catering accommodation in the Lowlands of South Scotland including the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Ayrshire, the Southern Uplands and also the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. There is a choice of hostels in Edinburgh and Glasgow, all offering fun in city centre locations. These backpackers hostels provide events to get to know other guests including pub crawls, games nights and city tours. Within the Scottish borders there are historic towns, unruffled by the masses, great for enjoying the local history, peaceful walking and fishing. For those wanting the excitement of challenging mountain biking the 7stanes bike trails in Dumfires and Galloway provide all the thrills with bunkhouse accommodation close by. The Borderloop Cycle Route circles around Galashiels and Hawick, The Pennine Way finishes in the Scottish borders and St. Cuthbert’s Way passes through the area. The bunkhouses and hostels in this area provide great facilities for groups, families, touring, hill walking and cycling in Southern Scotland and the Scottish Borders.

Scottish Borders, Glasgow & Edinburgh
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  • Profile picture of Royal Mile Backpackers

    Royal Mile Backpackers

    Royal Mile Backpackers is a small and lively hostel with its own special character! Perfectly located on the Royal Mile, the most famous street in Edinburgh, Royal Mile Backpackers is the ideal place to stay for the independent traveller. Our comfortable beds and cosy common areas will make you feel at home and our friendly staff are always on hand to help you make the most of your time in Edinburgh.

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    Haggis Hostels

    In a recently renovated Georgian building, Haggis Hostels lies in the heart of Edinburgh just 50m from Princes Street. This friendly hostel offers self-catering facilities and fully equipped rooms including international sockets and adjustable heating. The communal kitchen is high spec and features two of every appliance, ideal for groups of up to 34. Enjoy free breakfast, luxury bedding/towels, a laundry service and secure storage.

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  • Profile picture of Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House

    Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House

    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.

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  • Profile picture of Demesne Farm Bunkhouse

    Demesne Farm Bunkhouse

    This bunkhouse is on a working hill farm in the centre of Bellingham and near to Northumberland National Park. Situated on the Pennine Way, Route 68, and the Reivers & Sandstone Way cycle routes, it is an ideal base for exploring Northumberland, Hadrian’s Wall, Kielder Water and many climbing crags. The bunkhouse is very well appointed with quality bunks, a well equipped kitchen, a farmhouse table to seat 15 and a large comfortable communal area.

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    Springhill Bunkhouse

    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 and independent travellers. 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.

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    High Street Hostel

    The High Street Hostel has become a hugely popular destination for world travellers since opening in 1985 and is one of Europe’s best regarded and most atmospheric hostels. Located just off the historic Royal Mile in a 400 year old building, it is your perfect base for exploring all the city’s many attractions – and of course its wonderful nightlife. Providing excellence in location, ambience and facilities, the hostel is highly recommended by more than ten of the world’s top backpacker travel guides. Come along and see for yourself!

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    Tartan Lodge

    Within walking distance of Glasgow City Centre, Tartan Lodge, offers contemporary elegance with a smattering of old world charm. Set within a former 19th century church and Masonic Lodge you will find affordable accommodation for budget and business travellers with a selection of double and twin en suite bedrooms and shared dormitories with family facilities. Towels can be hired.

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    Blythswood House

    In the heart of Glasgow city centre. Blythswood house is the perfect base from which to explore everything the city has to offer. The single rooms are grouped in flats of 2,6,7,or 8 so perfect for individuals or groups wanting to visit Glasgow in the summer. All rooms are en suite and each flat has self-catering facilities. Easily accessible from the city’s train and bus stations Blythswood House welcomes walkers and cyclists.

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  • Profile picture of Wee Row Hostel

    Wee Row Hostel

    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. Cooked breakfasts and evening meals are available.

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  • Profile picture of Well Road Centre Group Accommodation

    Well Road Centre Group Accommodation

    The Well Road Centre sits in its own grounds in the charming town of Moffat. It is ideal for all types of groups, conferences, residential workshops, sports events and outdoor activity clubs. The Centre has two spacious meeting rooms, a large bright self-catering kitchen fully equipped for 65, a games hall for indoor activities, a table tennis room and a snooker room. Bring your own sleeping bags or duvets. Ample parking for cars & minibuses.

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  • Profile picture of Hillside Farm Bunkbarn

    Hillside Farm Bunkbarn

    A Georgian farmstead, still a working farm, right on Hadrian’s Wall National Trail and Cycleway near the Solway Coast AONB. Stunning views over the Solway Firth marshes towards Scotland. Bunkbarn or B&B rooms available. The bunkbarn, in a converted stable block, has cooking facilities & hot showers. Towels and sleeping bags can be hired. Communal, but not sleeping, areas are heated. Breakfast or bacon sandwiches available with notice. Walking, cycling and family groups are most welcome.

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  • Profile picture of Tarset Tor Bunkhouse and Bothies

    Tarset Tor Bunkhouse and Bothies

    In the heart of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and close to the Pennine Way. These striking timber eco-buildings integrate into their natural surroundings making the most of this remarkable location and providing the perfect base for outdoor adventures. The bunkhouse and bothies provide stylish, modern, versatile & comfortable self catering accommodation which can be used for events, conferences & parties.

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  • Profile picture of Carlisle City Hostel

    Carlisle City Hostel

    Carlisle’s only independent hostel. Located on picturesque Abbey Street, the building is an old Georgian terrace accommodating up to 20 guests. There is a communal kitchen, lounge with TV, DVDs and book swap and a dining room. Free tea, coffee and WiFi in communal areas. Prices include basic breakfast. A great place from which to explore Carlisle, The Tuille House MuseumThe Eden Valley, Hadrien’s Wall and more The staff look forward to welcoming you as their guest to hostel and the city.

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  • Profile picture of Bluebell Farm Bunkbarn

    Bluebell Farm Bunkbarn

    Bluebell Farm Bunkbarn is within walking distance of shops and pubs. It is ideally located for exploring Nothumberland’s Heritage Coast, the Cheviot Hills and the Scottish Borders. The Bunkbarn sleeps 14, the Studio 4. Plus 2 studio apartments and 5 self-catering cottages. There is a shared modern toilet block. BYO sleeping bags/towels or hire. Studio apartments & cottages have bed linen.

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  • Profile picture of Wooler Youth Hostel

    Wooler Youth Hostel

    Wooler Youth Hostel & Shepherd’s Huts are on the edge of the town and offer an ideal base for exploring the Northumberland National Park, the Cheviot Hills, local castles and fine sandy beaches. For walkers there’s St Cuthbert’s Way and for cyclists, Wooler cycle hub routes, Pennine Cycleway and the Sandstone Way. There are bridleways perfect for mountain-biking, some of the best bouldering in the UK.

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  • Profile picture of Mounthooly Bunkhouse

    Mounthooly Bunkhouse

    Nestled in the beautiful College Valley, North Northumberland, Mounthooly Bunkhouse is a perfect stop off on the Pennine Way and St Cuthbert’s Way. With bunkrooms, a well equipped kitchen and living area with log burner. Bedding is supplied. Cars need a permit to access the private valley which is provided on arrival. A haven for wildlife with red squirrels, otters and a thriving population of feral goats in the valley. The perfect wild get away from it all.

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  • Profile picture of Barholm Accommodation

    Barholm Accommodation

    Barholm Enterprise Centre houses a variety of businesses including an Arts and Crafts Co-operative and Barholm Accommodation which has en suite shared and private rooms. Perfect for cyclists, walkers, fishermen or those who generally enjoy the outdoors. Facilites include a communal kitchenette (fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster and microwave), sitting room with TV, on-site cycle hire and bike repair facilities & electric car charging

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  • Profile picture of Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls

    Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls

    Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls is the perfect place to base your summer visit to Edinburgh. Available from 4th June to 31st August you can have an apartment to yourself or share with others for a great budget stay. Located in the heart of the Old Town close to the Royal Mile, Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls is perfect for backpackers, shoppers, groups or those visiting the famous Edinburgh Festival. Single or twin private bedrooms are available or you can rent a whole apartment for up to 12.

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  • Profile picture of Castle Rock Hostel

    Castle Rock Hostel

    In a wonderful location, facing south with a sunny aspect and panoramic views over the city, Castle Rock Hostel is just steps away from the city centre with the historic Royal Mile, the busy pubs and late-late nightlife of the Grassmarket and Cowgate. Then of course there is the famous Edinburgh Castle. Most of the rooms have no traffic noise and there are loads of great facilities, 24 hour reception and no curfew. With its beautiful and dramatic skyline Edinburgh is truly one of the world’s great cities.

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  • Profile picture of Slack House Farm

    Slack House Farm

    Slack House Farm is an organic dairy farm overlooking Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall. It is on the NCN 72 cycle route and is only 0.5km from the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail. The bunkbarn is next to Gladje in the Scypen café and farm shop (Birdoswald cheese is made on-site). The bunkbarn is warm and cosy and has basic self-catering facilities. Breakfasts, farmhouse suppers and packed lunches can be provided.

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  • Profile picture of Spruce Cottage Bunkhouse By Forest View

    Spruce Cottage Bunkhouse By Forest View

    A former forestry worker’s cottage in the centre of Byrness on the Pennine way and on the edge of Northumberland National Park. Ideal for exploring Northumberland, Kielder Forest and the Scottish Borders. It is perfect for groups, individuals and families accomoodated in full sized single beds (not bunks) plus a Z bed Both the large living and dining (seats 10) rooms have open fires. The kitchen is well equipped. The multi award winning Forest View Inn is opposite with real ale & food if booked in advance.

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  • Profile picture of Castle Creavie Hay Barn Hostel

    Castle Creavie Hay Barn Hostel

    This comfortable family friendly hostel sleeps 4 and is set on a working farm it is surrounded by spectacular Galloway countryside. The hugely spacious open plan design has oak floors, comfy beds, dining area, wood burning stove, separate kitchen with basic cooking facilities, washroom & W.C. There are also: hot showers, washing/drying facilities, bike wash and store. Breakfast and farm produce available. The ideal base for walkers and cyclists with 7Stanes and NCN Route 7 close by.

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  • Profile picture of Chatton Park Bunkhouse

    Chatton Park Bunkhouse

    A former smithy converted into a self-catering bunkhouse on a mixed working farm, 1/2 mile from Chatton. 8 miles from Northumberland’s vast empty beaches and historic castles and 5 miles from the heather clad Cheviot Hills, Walking, water sports, climbing, fishing, golf and cycling are all nearby. The 2 dorms can be rented separately. There is a fully equipped kitchen & seating around the original blacksmith’s fire + hot showers.

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  • Profile picture of Whithaugh Park

    Whithaugh Park

    Whithaugh Park, with 30 alpine lodges, provides accommodation for groups of 4 to 192, with smaller family-style lodges or ‘clusters’ for groups of 10 to 65. Each cluster has its own kitchen, dining area and meeting room. Self-cater or take a catered package. On-site is a 20m swimming pool, sports fields/hall and low ropes course. Instruction in canoeing, climbing, archery and more. Newcastleton is close by for shops, cafés and pubs. The 7stanes mountain bike trails pass through the village.

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  • Profile picture of Marthrown of Mabie Bunkhouse

    Marthrown of Mabie Bunkhouse

    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 and American style tipis. And the Jewel in the Crown is the iron age roundhouse for parties or weddings.

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    Greenhead Hostel

    Situated in the village of Greenhead on Hadrian’s Wall, the hostel is ideal for walking the Pennine Way or The Wall or for exploring the nearby Roman heritage sites. It boasts a newly refurbished self-catering kitchen (big enough for large groups). The flexible accommodation can be booked by the bed, the room or for sole use. The hostel is run by Greenhead Hotel (over the road).

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  • Profile picture of Cleikum Mill Lodge

    Cleikum Mill Lodge

    Cleikum Mill Lodge is a renovated characterful building in the heart of the Tweed Valley. The Mill sleeps 12 in total: 8 on the ground floor, the Lower Mill and 4 on the first floor, the Upper Mill. Book individual rooms, a floor or the whole Mill. Innerleithen is a 7Stanes trail centre, is on the NCR1 and Southern Upland Way. It has a shop, pubs and cafés.

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  • Profile picture of Euro Hostel Glasgow

    Euro Hostel Glasgow

    Your smarter alternative to a hotel in the city, just five mins’ walk from Central Station, with friendly staff, lively bar and clean comfortable private and shared en suite rooms. Perfect for clubbing, shopping and discovering the city’s cultural heritage and live music scene. Or for visiting family, coast to coast cycle rides, attending sporting events or just a good sleep to break a long journey. The VIP suites are ideal for groups.

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    Gibbs Hill Farm Hostel

    Gibbs Hill Farm Hostel is on a working hill farm near Once Brewed on Hadrian’s Wall and close to the Pennine Way. Designed to reduce energy consumption it is centrally heated throughout. Comprising 3 bunkrooms, 2 shower rooms, 2 toilets, a well equipped kitchen, a comfortable communal area and a large deck where you can enjoy the evening sun. Ideal for families who can book a whole room with private facilities. Study groups welcome.

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This map of the Scottish Borders, Southern Highlands and South Scotland,including the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, shows the locations of bunkhouses, bothies and hostels in these locations.

This maps of hostel and bunkhouses in Southern Scotland shows self-catering hostel style accommodation in the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Ayrshire and the Southern Uplands. These hostels are all part of Independent Hostels UK, the largest bunkhouse and hostels network in the UK.  Lots of tourists travel quickly through these areas or use the hostels and bunkhouses there as a base to visit Edinburgh and Glasgow.  Which is a shame, as Southern Scotland has some lovely hostels. Its fertile land historically fed the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and the Scottish Borders are full of history. There are many castles in this area and legends arising from historic border disputes. Robbie Burns and Sir Walter Scott come from Southern Scotland. Sir Walter Scott built Abbotsford House here to be his home. The county of Ayrshire in Southern Scotland is the home of Robert Burns, he was born in the village of Alloway and spent much time in the town of  Ayr. The River Tweed flows through the Scottish Borders and along its length are small market towns such as Melrose, with local museums telling folk tales about warring families and the Border Reivers. This area has been fought over since Roman times with many battles between the English and the Scots. Historic monuments open to the public include the ruins of four abbeys, many stately homes, haunted castles, museums, gardens and parks.

To the south-west Dumfries and Galloway juts out into the sea and is well worth taking a diversion from the north–south A74 to Glasgow. With a coastline of tidal flats, sandy coves and sea cliffs, this area is ideal for family holidays, walking and bird watching. Pay a visit to the traditional Dumfries towns of Portpatrick and Kirkcudbright.

The Scottish Borders have wild uplands, green valleys and a pretty coastline.  Many visitors enjoy outdoor pursuits. Fishing, walking and mountain biking are available including the 7stanes centres’ bike trails. There are great facilities for hill walking, cycling and mountain biking as well as the Tweedlove Cycling festival which takes place in May in the Tweed Valley around Peebles. The Pennine Way finishes in this area of Scottish Borders. St. Cuthbert’s Way is another popular long distance walk.  Cyclists enjoy the Borderloop Cycle Route and Sustrans Route 84.