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

Scottish Borders, southern Scotland, Glasgow, Edinburgh

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.

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Spruce Cottage Bunkhouse By Forest View

Spruce Cottage Bunkhouse is a former forestry worker’s cottage in the centre of Byrness on the edge of Northumberland National Park. Byrness is situated on the Pennine Way, and popular cycle routes. The bunkhouse is ideal for exploring Northumberland, Kielder Forest and the Scottish Borders. It is perfect for groups, individuals and families. The 9 full sized single beds (not bunks) in 3 bedrooms have high quality mattresses, pillows, full bed linen, curtains and carpets. There is also a Z

Haggis Hostels

Occupying a recently renovated Georgian building dating from 1862, Haggis Hostels, is situated in the heart of Edinburgh just 50 metres from Princes Street. The hostel offers self-catering facilities and fully equipped rooms with privacy curtains, reading lights and international sockets. There is adjustable heating in every room. The communal kitchen is high spec and features two of every appliance, ideal for groups of up to 34. Being so centralised in the Scottish capital, Haggis Hostels has everything on its

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!

Wee Row Hostel

Located in the heart of New Lanark World Heritage Site ‘Wee Row’ provides a unique hostel experience nestled in the spectacular South Lanarkshire Valley in southern Scotland. Only one hour drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh, Wee Row is the perfect base to explore these popular cities but you don’t have to go far to find plenty to do. The award winning New Lanark Visitor Centre is on the doorstep. Here you can step back in time and rediscover life of

Slack House Farm

Slack House Farm is a working, 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 adjacent to The Scypen café and farm shop and Birdoswald cheese is made on the farm. Accommodation consists of 3 dorms; a 10 bed dorm, a 5 bedded room, and a 3 bed family room (+ child’s bed and travel cot). Sheets and

Greenhead Hostel

Greenhead Hostel is a converted methodist chapel in the village of Greenhead on Hadrian’s Wall. It is ideal for those walking the Pennine Way or The Wall and is in a great location for those exploring the nearby Roman heritage sites. The church was built in 1886 to serve the village miners and gave its last service in 1972. It has been a hostel since 1978. Greenhead Hostel has a newly refurbished self-catering kitchen with a cooking range ideal

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.

Carlisle City Hostel

Carlisle City Hostel is Carlisle’s only independent hostel. Located on picturesque Abbey Street, the building is an old Georgian terrace that can accommodate up to 20 guests. There is a communal kitchen for you to prepare your own meals, communal lounge with TV, DVDs and book swap and a dining room. Free tea, coffee and WiFi is available in communal areas. All prices include a basic breakfast. Secure bicycle and luggage storage is located in the large cellar. Come and

Tarset Tor Bunkhouse and Bothies

Tarset Tor’s striking timber eco-buildings integrate effortlessly into their natural surroundings deep in the Northumberland National Park close to the Pennine Way, making the most of this remarkable location and providing the perfect base for outdoor adventures. The skies around Tarset Tor are now protected and are an International Dark Sky Reserve, making it the ideal spot from which to gaze at the stars. The stylish bunkhouse is a superb social space, offering comfortable, contemporary sleeping quarters together with shared

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.

Hillside Farm Bunkbarn

A Georgian farmstead in a conservation area just steps away from Hadrian’s Wall. Hillside Farm, in the small village of Boustead Hill, near the Solway Coast AONB and RSPB nature reserve, has stunning views over the Solway Firth marshes towards Scotland. Hadrian’s Wall National Trail and Hadrian’s Cycleway pass right by. Hillside farm is a working farm and the 4th generation of farmers welcome you to to the bunkbarn or the B&B rooms in the farmhouse. The bunkbarn, in a

Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls

Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls is the perfect place to base your summer visit to Edinburgh. Available from 9th June to 3rd September 2017 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, twin, double and triple private bedrooms are available or you can

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 and equipment trailers.

Tartan Lodge

The perfect location - within walking distance of Merchant City and Glasgow City Centre and also to thriving Dennistoun. Old world charm and contemporary elegance are interwoven in this hostel, set within a former 19th century church and Masonic Lodge on Alexandra Parade, Glasgow. Tartan Lodge provides affordable accommodation for budget and business travellers, comprising a selection of double bedrooms and twin rooms all with en suite bathrooms and LCD Tvs. Additionally, there are shared dormitories for budget travellers and

Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House

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 70 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

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.

Mounthooly Bunkhouse

Nestled at the head of the stunningly beautiful College Valley in North Northumberland, Mounthooly Bunkhouse is a perfect stop off on both the Pennine and St Cuthbert’s Way walks. College Valley is a private estate run by the Knott Trust to increase its value as an environmental, social and economic place of excellence. The Bunkhouse was refurbished in 2008 and sleeps 24 in 2 dorms, a 2 bed room and an en suite family annex which sleeps 4.

Wooler Youth Hostel

Wooler Youth Hostel & Shepherd’s Huts is set in its own spacious grounds on the edge of the town. It has newly refurbished en suite bedrooms & Shepherd’s Hut sleeping cabins, a huge dining and common room, excellent drying facilities and a large self-catering kitchen, making it great for groups & families. There is also an excellent value restaurant, on site car parking and secure cycle storage. Wooler has inns, grocery stores and specialist shops, and is an ideal

Bluebell Farm Bunkbarn

Bluebell Farm Caravan Park is in the centre of Belford, within walking distance of shops and pubs. It is ideally located for exploring Nothumberland’s Heritage Coast, the Cheviot Hills and the historic Scottish Borders. The Bunkbarn sleeps 14, the Studio 4, the Ark 4 and there are 5 self-catering cottages. The Bunkbarn has a family room for 6, an 8 bed dorm and a fully equipped self-catering kitchen. The Studio has a bunkroom for 4 and kitchen, sitting and dining

Whithaugh Park

Whithaugh Park is nestled in the beautiful landscape of the Scottish Borders, sharing its 110 acre slice of Scottish countryside with red squirrels, deer and a variety of other wildlife. A collection of 30 alpine lodges, provides flexible accommodation for groups of 2 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. The site’s sports hall can double as a dining

Castle Creavie Hay Barn Hostel

Castle Creavie Haybarn is a comfortable family friendly hostel sleeping 4. Set on a working farm it is surrounded by spectacular Galloway countryside. Hugely spacious open plan design with oak floors, comfy beds, dining area, wood burning stove, separate kitchen with basic cooking facilities, washroom and W.C. Also available on site are: 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.

Chatton Park Bunkhouse

Chatton Park Bunkhouse started life as a smithy and has been converted into self-catering accommodation. It is situated on a mixed working farm which nestles around the River Till, half a mile from Chatton village. Eight miles from the coast and five miles from the Cheviot Hills, Chatton Park is an ideal base for exploring Northumberland’s vast empty beaches, heather clad hills & historic castles. Walking, water sports, climbing, fishing, golf and cycling are all available nearby. Accommodating

Demesne Farm Bunkhouse

This self-catering unit was converted in 2004 from a barn on a working hill farm in the centre of Bellingham in the Northumberland National Park. The farm is situated on the Pennine Way, Route 68, and the Reivers & Sandstone Way cycle routes. The bunkhouse is an ideal base for exploring Northumberland, Hadrian’s Wall, Kielder Water and many climbing crags. It accommodates 15 and is perfect for groups, individuals and families. The bedrooms are fitted with hand crafted oak man-sized

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.

Springhill Bunkhouse

Springhill’s Lookout & Wigwams are ideal for groups, families or independent travellers looking for great value comfortable accommodation which can be booked as a whole or on a per bed/night basis. Superbly located on the Northumberland heritage coastline and AONB coastal path with stunning views towards the Farne Islands and Cheviot Hills, only 1 mile from Seahouses and 3 miles from Bamburgh. The Lookout has 8 rooms of 4 beds with en suite shower rooms, fully equipped kitchen, dining and

Gibbs Hill Farm Hostel

Gibbs Hill Farm Hostel is a conversion of a barn on a traditional working hill farm near Once Brewed on Hadrian’s Wall and close to the Pennine Way. The hostel is designed to reduce energy consumption and is centrally heated throughout. There are 3 bunkrooms, 2 shower rooms, 2 toilets, a well equipped kitchen, comfortable sitting and dining area and a large deck where you can enjoy the evening sun. The hostel has a drying room, lockers, laundry facilities and

Cleikum Mill Lodge

Cleikum Mill Lodge is a modernised character building in the heart of the Tweed Valley at Innerleithen. The Mill sleeps 12 . The ground floor Lower Mill sleeps 8 in 3 en suite bedrooms whilst the first floor Upper Mill sleeps 4 in 2 rooms. Book individual rooms, the Lower Mill, the Upper Mill or the whole building. Perfect for walking, cycling, and mountain biking. Innerleithen is a 7Stanes trail centre. Well equipped with drying room, Bike Store and Laundry facilities. Innerleithen is well supplied with supermarket, pubs and cafés and on the NCR1 and Southern Upland Way.

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.