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
Kershader, South Lochs, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9QA
On the unspoilt 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.
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.
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.
Park Square, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3AD
After a long day of adventures, why not rest your weary head in a former Edwardian police house, now a delightful self contained hostel?
Conveniently located in the centre of Blaenau Ffestiniog. .This self contained unit is perfect for family or friends get togethers. It’s an ideal location for adventures such as Zip World, Go Below, mountain and beach walks or mountain biking. CellB is the perfect place to recover, recuperate, and soak up the vibrant landscape.
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. Bunkorama is an ideal place to make a stopover or spend a few days exploring the mountains, rivers and beaches of the Cambrian Coast. There is an adjacent camping pod that can be booked with or without the bunkhouse.
23 Hamilton Street, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire SA65 9HL
Hamilton Lodge (now ONLY AVAILABLE FOR GROUP BOOKINGS and minimum of 5 nights) is one minute walk from the centre of Fishguard and very close to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.
It sleeps 8, with en suite double, twin and family bedrooms. Fully equipped kitchen, dining area and two lounges. Charming, private garden with covered patio area. Groups of up to 18 are welcome in collaboration with James John Hamilton House next door.
5 Sunnyside, Bideford, Devon EX39 4EG
Five Sunnyside offers flexible, comfortable self catering accommodation in the historic port town of Bideford in North Devon. Sleeping 4 in 2 rooms & available on a sole use basis, it can be booked for a minimum of a 2 nights or much longer. With the Tarka Trail, the South West Coast Path and all the attractions of Bideford close by it is the perfect base for cyclists, walkers, families and small groups of friends
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.
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. Perfect for camping at Ennerdale Bridge
Vale Cottage, 7 Annery Kiln, Weare Giffard, Bideford, EX39 5JE.
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.
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 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 35 people. With a rich cultural heritage and amazing wildlife, Muck is the perfect place to unwind. BYO bedding/towel (or £5pp per stay for linen, and £3pp per stay for towels) and food supplies (no general store on Muck).
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.
Credited 4 Stars VisitScotland
East Yarde, Peters Marland, Torrington, Devon, EX38 8QA
Yarde Orchard provides accommodation and refreshments to those using the Tarka Trail with good access to the great North Devon beaches and Dartmoor. The bunkhouse has an en suite double room with its own entrance, a bunk room sleeping four and a campsite. You can enjoy home cooked meals and the relaxed café atmosphere on the terrace.
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
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 Coastal Path passes the end of the lane.
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 bed bunk rooms, a well-equipped kitchen, woodburner and stunning views.
Middle Ninfa Farm, Llanellen, Abergavenny, NP7 9LE
Middle Ninfa Farm, on the edge of Blaenavon World Heritage Site in the Brecon Beacons, offers bunkhouse/cottage accommodation, camping on eleven ‘remote’ pitches and occasional hands-on training in coracle making & willow sculpture. Sympathetically renovated to retain the rustic charm with fine views over the Usk Valley, the 400 year old bunkhouse provides self-catering accommodation for 6 people. BYO food, sleeping bags, & pillowcases.
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 6 on a sole use, self-catering basis.
Rydal Lodge Country House B&B, Rydal, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9LR
A bijou 2 person bunkroom in the majestic setting of Rydal Country House B&B in the heart of the Lake District. Beautifully appointed, there’s a small kitchenette with microwave, toaster, fridge & kettle, one set of bunks, a dining table & a small en suite shower room. Linen & towels are provided, but beds are not made up. Guests are invited to use the bar & lounges in the main house & enjoy the extensive riverside grounds. Superb walking & spectacular mountain scenery. Dogs welcome.
Ilderton, Wooler, N’umberland NE66 4JL
Ilderton Dod Barns, in Northumberland National Park, include The Barn, which sleeps 9 in one large sleeping area & Cuckoo Cottage which sleeps 3. On a working hill farm down a 1.5 mile private track, the barns have been recently converted to provide quality, cosy, self catering accommodation. Located close to The Pennine Way, The Sandstone Way with many other footpaths & bridleways on the doorstep. The perfect base for walkers, mountain bikers & horse riders (paddocks available).
Station Cottage, Albert Road, Colwall, Herefordshire. WR13 6QS
Station Cottage is a small eco hostel in the Malvern Hills ANOB. Individuals, couples, families & small groups arriving by foot, bike or public transport are all welcomed (apologies, no cars). Station Cottage is located next to Colwall Station with direct links to Birmingham, Oxford, Reading, London & Hereford. The cottage sleeps up to 8 in three rooms. All bedding and towels provided.
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.
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:
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.
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!