Small Hostels: Small hostels, bunkhouses and bothies in Scotland, England and Wales

Self catering bunkhouses & hostels
small hostels england scotland and wales

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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    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 & Westray from the new conservatory in this 4 star hostel.

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    Whether you’re a loan cyclist or a group of walkers you will love discovering the cosy clean and comfortable accommodation with breath-taking 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.

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    Kerrera Bunkhouse

    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.

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    Butter Hill Barn

    This cosy National Trust run 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. 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 so can be used as an overspill for larger groups.

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    Maentwrog Bunkhouse

    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.

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    River Cabin

    River Cabin is set in an old cider orchard overlooking the mill stream. It sleeps up to 4 in a cosy bunkroom with bunk beds & a double futon. There is a kitchen/lounge area, sunny dining porch, patio & private garden with picnic table, fire pit and BBQ. The price includes heating, hot water, showers, WiFi & use of bike store. From Easter - October a small camp-site is operated alongside the cabin. Located on Wye Valley Walk & National Cycle Route 8, it’s a fantastic exploration base for walkers & cyclists. Canoeing, pony trekking, gliding, bike hire, rope and climbing centre all close by.

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    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.

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    Kintail Lodge Bunkhouses

    Kintail Lodge stands at the foot of the Five Sisters of Kintail, on the shores of Loch Duich. In the grounds of the hotel there are two bunkhouses which are popular with walkers, climbers and fishermen. The Wee Bunkhouse has a cosy room with bunks to sleep 6 people. The Trekkers’ Lodge sleeps 6 people in two twin rooms and two single rooms.

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    Otter Bunkhouse

    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 and offers unspoiled natural beauty, deserted beaches and wildlife. The 8 bed bunkhouse has a lounge with self catering facilities, a bedroom with 8 bunk beds (beding provided) and a deck with stunning views over the Loch. A two bed en-suite apartment is also available in 2018.

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    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 crofting townships of Ness and the west side of Lewis, with sandy beaches, wildlife, historic sites and culture on the doorstep. A short walk through the croft, with its network of footpaths, takes you to the shore and river, where otters are regular visitors. The hostel has one dormitory with up to eight beds, two shower/toilet rooms and a kitchen/dining room.

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    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. A separate big barn provides play space for children and extra storage.

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    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 and 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.

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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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    Hamilton Backpackers

    Hamilton Lodge is just one minute’s walk from the centre of Fishguard and close to Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Comfortable and friendly, sleeping nine in total – with an en-suite double and two dormitories. 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.

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    Rackwick Hostel

    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 eating area. Singles, families and groups are welcome for private room or whole hostel bookings. Car parking and bike storage behind hostel. Walkers and Cyclist Welcome

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    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, cafes, 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.

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    Mill Cottage Bunkhouse

    Close to the historic Nenthead mines in the centre of the North Pennines AONB, Mill Cottage sleeps 6 in an upstairs bunkroom. Each bunk has blinds for privacy and an internal light & shelf. Downstairs is a small well equipped kitchen and a sitting/dining room. Help yourself to the continental breakfast provided or purchase a Full English for £4. The Miner’s Arms pub is great for evening meals (please book ahead). On the C2C cycle route in the outstanding countryside of the Roof Of England, perfect for cyclists and walkers alike.

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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

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    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 2miles long by 1 mile wide and has a population of 38 people. With a rich cultural heritage and amazing wildlife, Muck is the perfect place to come to relax and unwind. The bunkhouse has a fully equipped kitckchen, BYO towel, sleeping bag and supplies as there are no shops on Muck.

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    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.

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    Coorie Doon

    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 accomplished mountaineer, is happy to offer advice. After a day of adventures return to the luxury of a drying room, underfloor heating and sauna!

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    Staykation Hotel For Backpackers

    Perfect for backpackers and budget travellers. This friendly hostel offers a warm welcome to all its guests. In the centre of Plymouth just 10 mins from the train and bus stations and within easy walking distance of the ferry port. Located near some of the top bars, clubs, restaurants and theatres with friendly staff on site and available 24/7. Security is taken seriously with 24hr CCTV. Facilities include a small well equipped self-catering kitchen, a common room, free linen, towels & wifi. The dorm beds each have their own power light and lockers.

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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 CabinThe Old Smithy Camping BarnFoxholes Castle BunkhouseDacres Stable Camping BarnShepherds Crook BunkhouseHamilton BackpackersBunkorama and Kintail Lodge Bunkhouses (which has two small bunkhouses sleeping 6 each) 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 whilst Mill Cottage Bunkhouse is right on the C2C cycle route and offers space to store your bike with a bike repair shop just up the road.  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.