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. We have small hostels across the countries of Scotland, England and Wales from Exmoor to Orkney. The small hostels on this page are equipped with comfortable bunk beds, hot showers and self catering kitchens. What make a small hostel different from a holiday cottage? Well you will most often be sleeping in bunks and if you book a bed, rather then sole use, you meet other people to share stories with. Small hostels are great for having the full hostel experience on a smaller scale!
Small Hostels in Scotland, England and Wales
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Middle Ninfa Bunkhouse
Middle Ninfa Farm, on the edge of the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site in the Brecon Beacons, offers bunkhouse/cottage accommodation, camping 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.More details
Shepherds Crook Bunkhouse
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.More details
Ayres Rock Hostel
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 our conservatory in this 4* hostel.More details
Ross Of Mull Bunkrooms
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 and unspoilt environment of the Ross of Mull, loved by outdoor enthusiasts. The perfect base for day trips to Staffa, the Treshnish Isles and Iona. There is a well-equipped kitchen, woodburner and stunning views. Larger groups could consider Achaban House (also in this guide) next door which sleeps 14.More details
Butter Hill Barn
This cosy National Trust bunkhouse can be found at Countisbury close to Lynton and Lynmouth on the North Devon Coast. Surrounded by the dramatic Watersmeet Valleys and Exmoor, it is perfect for accessing the South West Coastal Path and the Atlantic surf beaches. It is also great for those wanting to experience Exmoor's dark skies. Perfect for families, groups and 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.More details
Isle of Muck Bunkhouse
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, sleeping bag and supplies (no shops on Muck).More details
Womerton Farm Bunkhouse
Womerton Farm Bunkhouse sits right next to the Long Mynd in the heart of the Shropshire Hills. It offers small select accommodation for 8 with a well appointed kitchen and living area. It is just 3 miles from Church Stretton, 12 miles from Shrewsbury and 15 miles from Ludlow. Local attractions include Acton Scott Working Farm Museum, Stokesay Castle and Museum of Lost Content. Well behaved dogs allowed.More details
The Wild Wool Barn
Nestled in the peace of the Ennerdale Valley, overlooking Ennerdale Water, The Wild Wool Barn provides luxury bunkhouse accommodation for 6 (plus up to 4 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 from it all and explore the rarely visited Western Lake District.More details
Parc Elernion Camping Barn
Set within SSSI woodland, close to Trefor with its lovely sandy beach and harbour with easy access to the Wales Coast Path, this little camping barn sleeps 2 on Westlake camp beds. BYO Sleeping Bags and Towels. There is a well equipped kitchenette and washing/toilet facilites are shared with the caravan site. Holiday Cottage and tent pitches also available. Perfect for the welsh coast, castles and Snowdonia.More details
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.More details
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.More details
Three Star Rackwick Hostel in Hoy has 2 bedrooms containing 4 beds each (2 bunk beds per room). In the scenic Rackwick Valley in the north of Hoy, the hostel overlooks Rackwick Bay considered one of the most beautiful places in Orkney. 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 hostel. Walkers and Cyclist WelcomeMore details
Hamilton Lodge is 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.More details
Castle Creavie Hay Barn Hostel
This comfortable family friendly hostel sleeps 6, 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.More details
Maentwrog bunkhouse is a newly 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 several beautiful beaches are within 15-20 mins' drive. The Welsh costal path passes the end of the lane.More details
Garrigill Village Hall
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 some camp-beds are available. There is a well equipped kitchen, showers and drying room so the perfect long distance walk stop over.More details
Foxholes Castle Bunkhouse
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.More details
Dacres Stable Camping Barn
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.More details
Ideally situated next to the road to the Isles, the Caledonian Canal (route of the Great Glen Way) and close to the West Highland Way, Nevis Range and the Glencoe Mountain Resort, this stylish cabin offers easy access to world-class hiking, climbing, skiing, mountain biking, or simply enjoying the amazing view. Es, the owner and a mountaineer, is happy to offer advice. After a day of adventures return to the luxury of a drying room, underfloor heating and hot showers!More details
Galson Farm Hostel
This fully equipped Hostel 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. Towels, bedding, bike shed & drying facilities are included.More details
Otter Bunkhouse is on the shores of West Loch Roag, in Carishader on the Isle of Lewis. It offers a cosy hideaway with modern facilities for walkers, climbers & cyclists, unspoiled natural beauty, deserted beaches and wildlife. The 8 bed bunkhouse has a lounge with self-catering facilities, a bedroom with 8 bunk beds (bedding provided) and a deck with stunning views over the Loch. A double en-suite cabin will also be available in April 2018.More details
On the island of Kerrera off the coast from Oban, overlooking the coast and stunning Gylen Castle. Self-cater using the small kitchen. No shops on the island but lunches are available in the Kerrera Tea Garden next door. Larger groups can hang out in the Byre, with wood stove and sofas. Or try bell tent glamping with bed, wood burner and stunning views of the surrounding islands.More details
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, wood burning stoves, and in the case of Coorie Doon even a sauna! 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. Coorie Doon is run by an experienced mountaineer willing to help you plan your trip up Ben Nevis. 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.