Would you like to stay in a small hostel where there will be only one or two other guests to chat to, or hire a small space in an amazing place all to yourself. Then our Small Hostels may be just the thing for you. All of these hostels sleep less than 10 and many only sleep 8, 6 or 4. The small hostels on this page are equipped with comfortable bunk beds, hot showers and self catering kitchens. Small hostels are great for having the full hostel experience on a smaller scale!
Small Hostels in Scotland, England and Wales
Womerton Farm, All Stretton, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6LJ
Womerton Farm Bunkhouse sits right next to the Long Mynd in the heart of the Shropshire Hills. It sleeps 8 with a well appointed kitchen & living area. It is just 3 miles from Church Stretton, 12 miles from Shrewsbury & 15 miles from Ludlow. Local attractions include Acton Scott Working Farm Museum, Stokesay Castle & Museum of Lost Content. Well behaved dogs allowed.
Countisbury Hill, Lynmouth, Devon, EX35 6NE
This cosy National Trust bunkhouse with woodburning stove & electric radiators, sits on the A39 at Countisbury, close to Lynton & Lynmouth on the North Devon Coast. Surrounded by the dramatic Watersmeet Valleys & Exmoor, it is close to the South West Coastal Path & Atlantic surf beaches. Perfect for families, groups & walkers, the barn is just along the road from Exmoor Bunkhouse (also in this guide), so it can be used as an overspill for larger groups. The Blue Ball, an old coaching inn, is opposite.
Ledgowan Lodge Hotel, Achnasheen, Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands, IV22 2EJ
Ledgowan Lodge bunkhouse is adjacent to the hotel. Perfectly located, it is within easy driving distance of the Torridon and Fannich Mountain ranges while Fionn Bheinn Mountain is on the doorstep. The bunkhouse sleeps five in five private rooms. There are cooking facilities for self-catering in the bunkhouse. Guests are welcome to use the hotel facilities when available.
Routen Farm Cot, Ennerdale, CA23 3AU
Nestled in the peace of the Ennerdale Valley, overlooking Ennerdale Water, The Wild Wool Barn provides luxury bunkhouse accommodation for 6 (plus 6 camping). Traditional wood-burning stove, electric heating, cooker and shower marry tradition with luxury. With no mobile signal or WiFi The Wild Wool Barn is a true chance to get away and explore the rarely visited Western Lakes.
Rackwick Hostel, Rackwick, Hoy, Orkney, KW16 3NJ
In the scenic Rackwick Valley in the north of Hoy, the 3* hostel overlooks Rackwick Bay considered one of the most beautiful places in Orkney. It sleeps 8 across 2 rooms of 4 beds. There’s a small kitchen with a good range of utensils, and a separate dining area. Singles, families and groups are welcome for private room or whole hostel bookings. Car parking and bike storage behind the hostel. Walkers and Cyclist Welcome
23 Hamilton Street, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire SA65 9HL
Hamilton Lodge - just one minute's walk from the centre of Fishguard and very close to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Comfortable and friendly, sleeping nine in total with an en suite double and two dorms. Fully equipped kitchen, dining area and lounge. Charming, private garden and covered patio with seating. Free light breakfast included. Groups of up to 18 are welcome in collaboration with James John Hamilton House hostel next door.
Grisedale Farm, Whinfell, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 9EN
A short drive from Kendal, Dacres Stable Camping Barn is on the eastern edge of the Lake District National Park. On a gated road away from the main A6 it is a perfect base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District and the Eden Valley.
Great too for mountain biking, walking, & cycling on quiet tracks and lanes. The camping barn comfortably sleeps 8 on a sole use, self-catering basis.
Ayre, Coo Road, Sanday, Orkney KW17 2AY
Sanday is the perfect place to take time out, with long stretches of unspoilt sandy beaches, an abundance of birds, seals and other wildlife, glittering seas, clear air and spectacular skies. Those lucky enough to live here enjoy a rare quality of life in a small, friendly and safe community. Enjoy the views over the Holms of Ire from the conservatory in this 4* hostel.
Garrigill Village Hall, Garrigill, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3DS
Perfect for the Pennine Way or C2C cycle route. In the lovely village of Garrigill, the bunkroom above the village hall sleeps 8 with bedding hire available. Larger groups can BYO bedding and use the hall itself where 12 camp beds are available. There is free WiFi, a well equipped kitchen, showers and drying room. It makes the ideal long distance walk/C2C stop over.
Ilderton, Wooler, Northumberland NE66 4JL
Ilderton Dod Barns are a luxury bunkhouse & a self-contained cottage in the Northumberland National Park. On a working hill farm down a 1.5 mile private track, the former stables have been restored to provide quality, cosy accommodation. Ideally located close to The Pennine Way, The Sandstone Way & with many other footpaths & bridleways on the doorstep. The perfect base for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders (paddocks available).
Fionnphort, Isle of Mull PA66 6BL
Ross of Mull Bunkrooms are located less than a mile from the ferry link to Iona at Fionnphort. Ideal for exploring the superb wildlife, rich history & shell-sand beaches of the Ross of Mull, so loved by outdoor enthusiasts. Perfect for day trips to Staffa, the Treshnish Isles & Iona. There are two 4 bunk rooms, a well-equipped kitchen, woodburner & stunning views. For larger groups you can book a combined stay with Achaban House next door, which sleeps 14.
Dolwyddelan, Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales LL25 0EJ
Situated in the beautiful Lledr Valley between Betws-y-Coed and Blaenau Ffestiniog in Snowdonia National Park, Elens Castle Hotel Bunkroom offers budget accommodation within a cosy hotel setting. The 4 bed en suite bunkroom can be booked by the bed or the room. Lacking a kitchen, bunkroom guests are invited to socialise and eat in the hotel. Your ideal base for exploring all that Snowdonia has to offer. BYO bedding & towels.
Galson Farm House, South Galson, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0SH
This fully equipped bunkhouse on the Isle of Lewis enjoys stunning views of the Atlantic coast towards the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse. It provides the perfect haven from which to explore the west side of Lewis, with sandy beaches, wildlife and historic sites on the doorstep. A short walk through the croft takes you to the shore and river, where there is an abundance of birds & otters are regular visitors. The hostel has one dormitory with 6 beds, two shower/toilet rooms and a kitchen/dining room. Bedding, bike shed & drying facilities are included.
Vale Cottage, 7 Annery Kiln, Weare Giffard, Bideford, EX39 5JE.
OPENING SPRING 2020. This converted workshop on a restored section of the heritage Rolle canal in rural Devon sleeps up to 10 in 3 rooms. Surrounded by a county wildlife site & salt marshes there is abundant wildlife. Facilities include an open plan kitchen/living/dining area and two WC/shower rooms. The barn has direct access to the Tarka Trail, perfect for walking or cycling. Guests will also enjoy direct access to the tidal River Torridge for canoeing & fishing. BYO sleeping bags.
Castle Creavie, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4QE
This comfortable family friendly hostel sleeps 6. It is set on a working farm and 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.
Lael, Lochbroom, IV23 2RS
Close to the idyllic fishing village of Ullapool in a peaceful rural setting with lots of wildlife.
A perfect base for climbers & walkers with 22 Munros and many other hills in the area. Next to Lael Forest Gardens which is renowned for its wildlife. The bunkhouse is ideally located for touring the North West Highlands with easy access to the areas of Torridon and up to Assynt.
Noran Bank Farm, Patterdale, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0NR
Noran Bank Farm is near Ullswater just through Patterdale in Cumbria, just 5 minutes' walk away from the Coast to Coast route and The Westmorland Way. Shepherd's Crook Bunkhouse is a barn converted to a very high standard and sleeps 8. Duvets, linen and towels are provided. DIY breakfast and packed lunches can be pre-booked. It is very popular with Coast to Coasters, walkers, cyclists and for family/friends get-togethers.
Foxholes Camping, Montgomery Rd, Bishops Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5HA
Foxholes Castle Bunkhouse, is situated within a relaxed, family-run campsite, with glorious views of South West Shropshire's beautiful hills. Just a few minutes' walk from the Shropshire Way, Offa's Dyke Path and the Sustrans cycle network, it is the perfect base for walkers, cyclists, photographers, families or couples. The lively town of Bishops Castle with its pubs, cafés, restaurants and take-aways is just a 10 minute walk away. In addition to the bunkhouse there are 2 cabins nearby. The Datcha sleeps 6 and the Eco cabin sleeps 8.
Middle Ninfa Farm, Llanellen, Abergavenny, NP7 9LE
Middle Ninfa Farm, on the edge of the Blaenavon World Heritage Site in the Brecon Beacons, offers bunkhouse/cottage accommodation, camping on eleven ‘remote’ pitches and hands-on training in coracle making and willow sculpture. Sympathetically renovated to retain the rustic charm with fine views over the Usk Valley, the bunkhouse provides comfortable self-catering accommodation for up to 6 people. BYO food, sleeping bags, & pillowcases.
Gwastad Agnes Off Panorama Road, Barmouth, Gwynedd, LL42 1DX
Whether you’re a lone cyclist or a group of walkers you will love discovering this cosy, clean and comfortable accommodation with breathtaking views of Cader Idris and Cardigan Bay.
Handy for Cycle Route 8, the Cambrian Way & Mawddach Trail and at only £15 per night Bunkorama is an ideal place to make a stopover or spend a few days exploring the mountains, rivers and beaches of the Cambrian Coast.
Erwood, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3TQ
River Cabin, let on a sole use basis for a min of 2 nights, is perfect for 2-4 people. Dog friendly with a secure garden, it overlooks a mill stream which feeds into the River Wye opposite. It has one cosy bunkroom (double bed & 2 bunks), a kitchen/lounge area, sunny dining porch, patio & private garden with picnic table, fire pit and BBQ. From Easter-Oct there's also a small campsite. Located on the Wye Valley Walk & NCN 8, it's a fantastic base for walkers & cyclists. Canoeing, pony trekking, gliding, bike hire, rope and climbing centre all close by.
Felen Rhyd Fach, Maentwrog, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 4HY
Maentwrog bunkhouse is a newly converted cowshed on a working farm. It has a fully equipped kitchen, underfloor heating, TV/DVD, BBQ area, laundry facilities, power washer and bike lockup. Local activities include hill walking (Moelwyn and Cnicht 10 mins away), white water rafting, Coed y Brenin cycling centre, Blaenau Ffestiniog down hill cycle track, RopeWorks & canyoning. Ffestiniog railway and beautiful beaches are within 15-20 mins’ drive. The Welsh costal path passes the end of the lane.
Isle of Muck, Port Mor, Isle of Muck, PH41 2RP
This self-catering hostel can also be hired as a holiday cottage. The bunkhouse overlooks the ferry port of Port Mor, it is near to The Craft Shop & Tearoom and to the island's Community Hall. The Isle of Muck is just 2 miles long by 1 mile wide and has a population of 46 people. With a rich cultural heritage and amazing wildlife, Muck is the perfect place to unwind. BYO towel and food supplies (no general store on Muck).
Kershader, South Lochs, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9QA
On the unspoiled Isle of Lewis, Ravenspoint Hostel sits on the shores of Loch Erisort, providing comfortable accommodation in a traditional crofting community where Gaelic is still spoken on a daily basis.
Whether travelling by bike, car or on foot, look out for white-tailed eagles, otters, deer and enjoy exploring the community-owned Pairc Estate on which the hostel sits alongside a small shop, tea-room, fuel service and museum.
Small Hostels are perfect for those wanting to travel as a small group or family wanting somewhere affordable to stay. Whilst some of them are group only most offer accommodation to individuals prepared to share facilities with others. All of the small hostels sleep less than 10 with most sleeping 8, 6 or even as few as 4 people in total. There are small hostels in the Independent Hostel Guide across the country from Exmoor to the Shetlands and in England, Scotland and Wales.
But what makes a small hostel different from a holiday cottage? Well most are available to individuals including;
River Cabin, Foxholes Castle Bunkhouse, Dacres Stable Camping Barn, Shepherds Crook Bunkhouse, Hamilton Backpackers and Bunkorama so whilst there may not be many of you, you can still have the full hostel experience of meeting new people in communal areas.
All our small hostels have well equipped kitchens, comfortable bunk beds, hot showers and some have wood burning stoves.
Maentwrog Bunkhouse & The Wild Wool Barn are newly renovated farm buildings sleeping 4 and 6 respectively in bunk rooms, Castle Creavie Hay Barn Hostel, like Maentwrog and Middle Ninfa Bunkhouse is located on a working farm. Butter Hill Barn on Exmoor is part of the National Trust’s network of bunkhouses and bothies. Even our hostel on a boat Wandering Duck fits the small hostel description.
Our small hostels may not sleep many but they are far from small when it comes to space both inside an out – with many having outside BBQ or firepit areas. As often quirky, always stunning, locations to stay where not so many people have trod the path before you they are second to none.
Small hostels are great for having the full hostel experience on a smaller scale!