There are over 400 hostels in the Independent Hostels UK network including, bunkhouses, backpackers, camping barns, bunkbarns and boutique hostels. They are in rural and city locations across Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Great Britain includes the countries of England, Scotland and Wales, each of them rich in tourist attractions, stunning landscapes and self-catering hostel style accommodation. The UK, despite being a relatively small land mass, has a rich historical landscape, impressive mountain ranges and the 12th longest coastline of any country in the world. This makes it ideal for tourist and seaside holidays and for mountain and coastal exploration. The mainland is famous for its long distance paths, following ancient routes and the stunning coastline.
With over 400 hostels, bunkhouses and camping barns, the UK has one of the most extensive Independent Hostel networks in the world.
The first hostel network in the world was the Youth Hostel Association, YHA, which started in the early 1900’s as a network of youth hostels catering for city workers in industrialised Germany and Britain, who wished to go rambling or cycling in the countryside. The Scottish Youth Hostels Association, SYHA, developed alongside the YHA for England and Wales. The youth hostel network spread worldwide and is now called Hostelling International (HI). Meanwhile back in the UK and also in Ireland, independent hostels began to appear among the Youth Hostels.
Independent Hostels are small independent businesses, run by individuals, couples, families and sometimes by charities and communities. They are also described as Holiday Hostels or as Bunkhouses in some rural areas. Independent Hostels in cities or tourist hot spots often call themselves Backpackers Hostels as they cater for people who arrive with backpacks. More recently there has been an increasing number of trendy, city hostels in the style of boutique hostels.
Independent Hostels sprang up all over Britain. Wherever there is stunning countryside to explore, mountains to climb or city centre attractions to visit, individuals set up their hostel businesses to provide low cost, self-catering accommodation ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and tourists. The independent hostels offer a wide choice of self catering accommodation in all the best areas to visit and they all welcome group accommodation bookings.
As the Independent Hostel network grew in the UK the Youth Hostels Association began to sell some of their hostels.
Many traditional youth hostels were sold, particularly those used as stepping stones in the old cycle tourists network. To the great applause of local communities and regular guests, some of these ex-youth hostels were saved by individuals and became part of the Independent Hostel network. The Independent Hostel UK network is now larger than the Youth Hostel and Scottish Youth Hostel associations put together, so imagine what a resource is now available to those visiting the UK who use these three networks put together.
Independent Hostels and Bunkhouses are now found in all corners of the United Kingdom.
From Lands End to John o’Groats, Northern Ireland to the North Norfolk coast, the Hebridean Islands, Shetland and The Orkneys to the Scilly Isles and Jersey the UK network of Independent Hostels and Bunkhouses keeps expanding. Wherever it is in the UK that you want low cost, self catering accommodation, chances are there will be an independent hostel or bunkhouse nearby. Move around the map above to find the area(s) you want to visit and the local hostels and bunkhouses will be flagged up for you. It couldn’t be easier.
Independent Hostels in all the major UK Cities
If it’s the bright lights of the major UK cities that you are looking for; the shopping, the museums, art galleries and exhibitions, the architecture, theatre, music or the night life then look no further than our city centre independent hostels. These friendly self catering hostels offer great value accommodation with a very informal and friendly atmosphere. They are great places to socialise with fellow guests when you need a rest from the hustle and bustle of the city scene. These city centre hostels generally offer guests 24 hour access, lots of information and advice on where to go and what to see and discounts on local popular attractions and tours. Many have laundry facilities and offer guests unlimited hot drinks and free continental breakfast. You will find independent hostels in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Bristol, York, Nottingham and Hull, the European City of Culture in 2017.
Independent Hostels and Bunkhouses in all the National Parks
All our beautiful National Parks have a wonderful selection of independent hostels and bunkhouses for you to choose from. Each offering great value self-catering accommodation for individuals, families or larger groups. What’s more they generally don’t have a minimum length of stay, even in peak season, which is perfect if you are touring around. The map above will flag up all the independent hostels and bunkhouses near the National Park you intend to visit. Whether you are visiting The Lake District, Snowdonia or The Brecon Beacons, The Cairngorms or Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, The Yorkshire Dales, The North York Moors, Northumberland National Park or The Peak District, The South Downs, Exmoor or Dartmoor National Park there will be an independent hostel or bunkhouse to suit your needs. Remember if you are looking for self-catering accommodation for a large group it is possible to book many of the independent hostels or bunkhouses out entirely for your sole use.
Independent Hostels and Bunkhouses on the coast
Independent hostels and bunkhouses are also found close to some of the UK’s most dramatic coastlines. These provide low cost self catering accommodation for families wanting a seaside holiday and for individuals and groups want to surf, canoe, sail, climb, cycle or walk among this spectacular coastal scenery. You will find hostels and bunkhouses all along the Welsh coast and on Anglesey. On the often forgotten but spectacular Northumbrian Coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), there are a selection of hostels and bunkhouses to choose from.
Along the magnificent coasts of Devon, Cornwall and Dorset you will be positively spoilt for choice as to which hostel or bunkhouse best suits your needs. Finally for those of you who hanker for the Scottish coast there is a huge selection of interesting and unique hostels and bunkhouses on the west coast of Scotland as well as on many of the Hebridean Islands, Shetland and The Orkneys.
UK Great British hostels and bunkhouses
The Old Post Office, Logierait PH9 0LH
Tay Bunkhouse, on the banks of the river Tay in Highland Perthshire, is a stone cottage stylishly renovated to provide comfotable accommodation for groups up to 12. It has a fully equipped self catering kitchen, a comfy lounge and dining area, freshly laundered beds and free WiFi. The garden has a BBQ, fire pit and outdoor seating, with riverside access for canoes. Dogs are welcome by arrangement.
Hollam, Dulverton, Somerset, TA22 9JH
A mile outside the town of Dulverton on Exmoor, Northcombe Camping Barns nestle in the Barle river valley with good canoeing, walking and bridleways. A perfect base for groups on Exmoor. The barns sleep 16 and 28 in partitioned dormitories. Smaller groups can be catered for. Heated by wood-burning stoves with a well equipped kitchen, you just need to bring your own pillows, sleeping bags or duvets.
Mike "the blogmeister" of our group of elderly walkers, aged 58 to 72. We walk every Friday, usually in the Cheviots or anywhere else in the north as we all live in or near Tyneside. gadgiewalks.blogspot.com
Fisherhead Robin Hood's Bay Whitby, YO22 4ST
The Old School House welcomes schools, groups, walkers and families to the picturesque village of Robins Hood’s Bay. Home to one of the best beaches on Yorkshires East Coast. At the end of Wainright's coast to coast walk and on The Cleveland Way. Ideal for groups of families and friends to book exclusively and also available to individual families looking for an affordable holiday by the sea.
14 West Argyle St. Ullapool, IV26 2TY
The Ceilidh Place, in the centre of Ullapool, is a unique small complex, consisting of a music venue/performance space, restaurant, hotel, bar, bookshop, coffee shop, gallery and bunkhouse. There are regular ceilidhs, concerts & plays. The bunkhouse (group only) does not have self-catering facilities but the coffee shop is open from 8.30am to late evening all week including weekends. Rooms are also available in the hotel. The village of Ullapool is a small exciting port and fishing town, with ferries from the Outer Hebrides. Hill walkers and families especially love staying here.
Beacon House, Amesbury Road, Cholderton, Salisbury, Wilts, SP4 0EW
Situated on a delightful family owned farm, this 4* youth hostel provides family/child friendly accommodation for groups or individuals. The hostel is 8 miles from Salisbury & 5 miles from Stonehenge. Cooked breakfasts are available as are packed lunches & evening meals which can be pre-booked. Guests receive free admission to the Rare Breeds Farm. With our Vineyard on site why not also book a vineyard tour & purchase a bottle of our English sparkling wine, from the grapes grown on our Vineyard? Guests need their own transport.
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.
Kilnsey, North Yorkshire. BD23 5PT
Nestling in the Yorkshire Dales, Wharfedale Lodge offers luxury, hotel quality, accommodation to groups of 6-20 in 8 comfortable twin rooms and a further 4 bed family room (2 x bunks). Groups of friends, families and business will enjoy the stunning location and the top quality facilities. With the famous Kilnsey Crag close by, the beautiful market town of Skipton a short drive away, the Dales Way on the doorstep and fishing, golf and pony trekking nearby there will be plenty to keep everyone happy.
Ffridd Llwyn Gwerfyl, Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2TW
Remote & peaceful, surrounded by the rugged splendour of Snowdonia, Ffridd Bunkhouse offers budget accommodation. Harlech with its beach, pubs, cafes & castle is just 2.5 miles away. This basic accommodation is in 2 units, one sleeps 12 & the other 4/5. Both have kitchen/dining areas & some heating. Each has a separate outside WC, but the shower is shared.
Walkers, climbers & mountain bikers alike return annually to this hidden gem of a bunkhouse. BYO bedding.
Nuthurst, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 6RF
A former boarding school nestling in beautiful countryside, Gaveston Hall accommodates groups of all sizes. The 100 beds are spread across dorms, private singe/twin rooms & chalets.
Set in magnificent grounds with a football field, tennis court, woodland walks and fishing lakes. Outdoor activities can also be provided on-site. Inside there are table tennis & pool tables and an indoor swimming pool (summer only). Room for coach parking.
Orchard House, Mohope, Hexham, Northumberland NE47 8DQ
Book a bed, a room, a chalet room or the whole hostel. Ninebanks 4* Hostel, in stunning rural Northumberland, has en-suite bedrooms, a sitting room with log-burner and a spacious dining room. In the chalet are two high quality studio rooms, fully self-contained and separate from the hostel. Dogs welcome with prior notice for sole use or in the chalet. In the North Pennines close to Hadrian’s Wall and on Isaac’s Tea Trail.
Plas Porth Yr Aur, 2 High Street, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1RN
Totters sits in the heart of the historic castle town of Caernarfon just 30m from the Menai Straits. Close to many pubs and restaurants but with good public transport to the Snowdonia National Park. The hostel is a 200 year old, five floored town house with five bedrooms sleeping either 4 or 6 and a huge double/family en suite. Opposite there is a self-catering town house sleeping 6.
Coed Owen Farm, Cwmtaff, Merthyr Tydfil , CF48 2HY
Set on a hill farm in the heart of the Brecon Beacons, 2 hours’ walk from Pen Y Fan. This Bunkhouse provides well appointed self-catering accommodation; ideal for stag, hen and family parties.
Outdoor activities can be organised or there’s direct access onto the mountains and waterfalls close by. Bike Park Wales, Merthyr Tydfil, Penderyn Whiskey and Brecon are all within easy reach. The pub, at the bottom of the drive, serves great food and fine ales.
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.
Low Bridge End Farm, St John's-in-the-Vale, Keswick, CA12 4TS
St John’s-in-the-Vale Camping Barn is an 18th century stable on a peaceful hill farm, with stunning views to Blencathra, Helvellyn and Castle Rock.
The Barn has a sleeping area upstairs (mattresses provided) and a kitchen and sitting/dining area below. A separate toilet and shower are within the building. A wood-burning stove makes it nice and cosy. Outside there is a BBQ area. As there is no light pollution, the star-filled night skies are magical.
Clyngwyn Farm, Ystradfellte Rd, Pontneddfechan, Powys, SA11 5US
Clyngwyn 4* Bunkhouse sits in the Brecon Beacons, only minutes away from the waterfalls and caves of Ystradfellte and Sgwd Yr Eira.
Your ideal base for a wide range of outdoor activities. The bunkhouse sleeps up to 19, plus camping, three double B&B rooms and a romantic shepherd’s hut in it’s own private meadow.
Parks Barn, Fremington, Richmond, Yorkshire Dales DL11 6AW
Dales Bike Centre, Swaledale, is the centre of cycling in Yorkshire! Home of the Ard Rock Enduro, en-route of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart, the 2019 World Road Race Championship’s route, the Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way and loads of great cycling & mountain biking. On-site café, bike shop, MTB, road & e-bike hire, bike wash, workshop, drying room & lots of friendly advice. Close to 4 pubs & Reeth village.
Cerrig-yr-Adar, Rhoscolyn, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 2NQ
This purpose built 4* centre is quietly tucked away in Rhoscolyn, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Anglesey Coast. Just 5 mins' walk to the sandy beach at Borthwen and a stone's throw from the Anglesey Coastal Path. Perfect for friends & families, outdoor groups, schools and universities. Your ideal base for kayaking, climbing, sailing, walking, bird watching or beach holidays. Careful energy use is encouraged, with composting and recycling. Nearby Holyhead has ferry links to Ireland.
8 Culduthel Road, Inverness, IV2 4AB
The cosy and friendly Student Hotel enjoys panoramic views of the town and the mountains beyond. Your perfect place to unwind, just yards from the city's varied night-life and a few mins' walk from bus and train stations. Relax in the fabulous lounge with real log fire and drink as much free tea, coffee & hot chocolate as you like. Visit the beautiful ancient pine forest of Glen Affric or the Culloden Battlefield. Famous Loch Ness lies just a few miles upstream and of course has its own special wild animal.
Eastern Slade Farm, Oxwich, Gower, Swansea, SA3 1NA
Eastern Slade Barn is a luxury farmhouse conversion on a working farm on the Gower Peninsula. The Gower has glorious beaches, castles & a network of traffic free lanes, ideal for mountain bikes. The Coastal Path passes through the farm. Port Eynon seaside village is a 30 min walk, while Oxwich Bay with its castle, beach & hotel serving tasty meals is just a 20 min walk. Camping is also available and weddings/birthdays can be accommodated.
Gateham Grange, Alstonefield, Ashbourne, Derbys. DE6 2FT
Close to Dovedale, the Manifold Valley Cycle Trail, Carsington Water, AltonTowers and the Roaches Rocks (great for climbers). Ideal for quiet group get-togethers/parties, families, cyclists, walkers, DofE, Scouts, school groups and team building. Camping in the comfort of a remote cosy barn with log burning stove, fully plumbed in toilet and hand wash basin. No electric and no distractions, it is the perfect place to switch off from the hassles of a hectic life. BYO all camping equipment.
24 Richmond Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 7HE
Located on a small working farm, just 3 miles east of Richmond, Yorkshire. Brompton on Swale Bunkbarn offers a welcome break from walking or cycling the Coast to Coast. A pot of tea for weary walkers upon arrival and safe storage for bikes makes this bunkhouse especially welcoming. Close to the Yorkshire Dales, Swaledale, Wensleydale, Easby Abbey, Richmond Castle & Ellerton Lakes. Dogs are welcome to stay but must be kept on a lead around the yard as there are ducks, hens and geese.
Great Langdale Bunkhouse, Great Langdale, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9JU
Great Langdale Bunkhouse is situated amidst some of the finest mountain scenery in England with access to mountain biking, cycling, walking, fell running and climbing. The bunkhouse has 18 single beds divided into 3 twin rooms and 2 rooms of six (all bunk beds). The rooms are simple but comfortable and each room has a double plug socket. The bunkhouse has biomass central heating throughout so its toasty warm with an endless supply of hot water and powerful showers.
45/47 Victoria Street, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3BS
Providing nightly or weekly self-catering accommodation in the captivating small town of Stromness, Orkney. Within walking/cycling distance of the ancient Maeshowe, Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae. Stromness has a museum, art centre, festival, scuba diving, free fishing and ferries from mainland Scotland. Facilities include well equipped kitchens, comfy sitting rooms and beds in single, double, twin, triple and family rooms, all with towels and bedding provided. Computers with internet and WiFi. Cycle storage & free car park up the lane.
5 Drinishader, Isle of Harris, HS3 3DX
N°5 Drinishader is on the Isle of Harris, 5 miles from Tarbert & 8 miles from the famous white sandy beaches. Situated above Drinishader harbour, overlooking the beautiful East Loch Tarbert, the hostel & self-catering units provide a variety of accommodation for individuals, families & groups. Pick-up services from Tarbert can be arranged for a small cost. Your perfect base for coastal/hill walking, cycling, kayaking, boat trips, sightseeing and bird/wildlife watching. Breakfast & packed lunches can be provided.
Grant Road, Grantown-on-Spey, Moray PH26 3LD
Part of the award-winning Craggan Outdoors activity centre, Ardenbeg offers good value, well appointed bunkhouse accommodation with the extra benefit of a large private garden with BBQ, picnic tables & a children's play area. The property is situated on a quiet residential street in Grantown-on-Spey, the historic capital of Strathspey, just a 15 mins' drive from Aviemore and all its amenities. For adventures even closer at hand you can organise a whole host of activities through Craggan Outdoors.
The Farm, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BL
In the heart of Bamford these two bunkhouses are on a small farm just 3 miles from the iconic Stanage Edge. The Derwent Dams are close by. Perfectly located for visiting Castleton, Chatsworth House & Hathersage. Both bunkhouses are centrally heated have hot showers and well equipped kitchens. Sheets & pillows are provided (BYO sleeping bags). Book separately or together. Sorry, no dogs.
Greystones, Lanehead, Tarset, Hexham, NE48 1NT
In the heart of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and close to the Pennine Way. These striking timber eco-buildings integrate into their natural surroundings making the most of this remarkable location and providing the perfect base for outdoor adventures.
The bunkhouse and bothies provide stylish, versatile & comfortable self- catering accommodation which can be used for events, conferences & parties.
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.
13-27 Station Road, Wood Green, London N22 6UW
Green Rooms is a super affordable arts-led hotel & hostel designed for creatives, young travellers, groups and people who want to make the most of London.
Situated in a beautiful late Art Deco building it offers spacious dormitories, chic doubles and family studios. It is right across the road from Wood Green underground station with direct connection to Central London and Kings Cross in 12 minutes.
The White Ferry House, 1 Sutherland Street, London, SW1V 4LD
The White Ferry House is a stunning Victorian flat-iron building steeped in history. It provides accommodation in central London, close to Victoria, The Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. In the traditional pub atmosphere you can enjoy chilling out and playing board games, locally sourced drinks and award-winning burgers. There's a 24 hour reception, free WiFi, individual power sockets and guest food & drink discounts. Publove@The White Ferry offers a classic night out and a great location for exploring London by day.
Lawrenny Millennium Hostel, Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire, SA68 0PW
Once a Victorian village school, the Lawrenny Hostel is superbly placed for exploring South Pembrokeshire. Warm, clean and comfortable, with modern facilities, the accommodation is ideal for individuals or groups, training courses or events. The adjoining village hall is also available to rent and there is a community shop, pub and an award-winning tearoom nearby.
Down Court Road, Doddington, Sittingbourne / Faversham, Kent, ME9 0AU
Palace Farm Hostel is a relaxing, flexible 4* hostel on a family run farm.
Situated in the village of Doddington, (which has a pub!), in the North Kent Downs AONB, the area is great for walking, cycling & wildlife. There are ten fully heated en suite rooms sleeping up to 39. Duvets, linen and continental breakfast included.
Hagg Farm OEC, Snake Rd, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BJ
The John Hunt Base is situated in the High Peak on the site of Hagg Farm. The base offers comfortable, family friendly accommodation ideal for sightseeing, hill walking, trail running and biking as well as quieter pursuits such as photography. There is a picnic area, wildlife garden with fire pit and a playing field with climbing boulder. Activities can be arranged including climbing, stream scrambling, caving & on-site high ropes.
Old Red Lion, Bailey Street, Castle Acre, Norfolk, PE32 2AG
The medieval walled town of Castle Acre is on the Peddars Way ancient track/long distance path. This former pub, continues to serve travellers who seek refreshment and repose. Stay in private rooms or dorms (bedding/linen supplied). There are quiet communal areas and 2 large areas suitable for group activities.
18 Yealand Rd, Yealand Conyers, Carnforth, Lancashire LA5 9SH
Yealand Old School provides newly refurbished, self-catering accommodation with en suite bedrooms and group dorms. Relax in the grounds of the Quaker Meeting House. A short stroll from Summerhouse Hill and Warton Crag amidst spectacular limestone scenery and nature reserves. LEJOG passes the front door on Route 6. Quiet village location with pub serving food.
School Road, Bassenthwaite, Keswick, CA12 4QJ
Refurbished to a very high standard, the Parish Room is a great base for outdoors enthusiasts to explore Skiddaw, the Northern Lakes, Keswick and the Cumbrian coast.
There is a modern well-equipped kitchen, large hall, meeting room with sofa and large TV. There is also disabled access throughout. Separate male/female toilets and two shower rooms. Bring your own beds, bedding and towels. Free WiFi. Sorry no stag/hen parties.
Hagg Farm OEC, Snake Rd, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BJ
Situated in the Peak District’s Woodlands Valley, Hagg Farm offers comfortable accommodation for up to 44 people with an additional 18 beds in the John Hunt Base next door (also in this Guide). Part of Nottinghamshire C.C’s Environmental & Outdoor Education Service, Hagg Farm is available for private hire by groups, families, clubs & charitable organisations. It can be booked on a self-catering or catered basis.
Arete Outdoor Education Centre, Llanrug, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 4AP
The Arete Outdoor Centre, in Snowdonia National Park, offers excellent access to the stunning coastline, mountains & lakes of North Wales and Anglesey. With comfortable, affordable, bunkhouse accommodation and large kitchens this is a great base for groups of friends or family. The team can advise on how best to spend your stay and a range of exciting outdoor activities are available through the centre's well qualified staff.
Bassenthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4QX
The highest hostel in Britain! Escape the crowds at this remote mountain hostel. Hire the whole place for a small group of friends or family. No roads, no other buildings, no phone signal: just uninterrupted beautiful mountain views. An easy walk or mountain bike ride from Keswick or Threlkeld. Rustic but comfortable with a wood burning stove, hot showers, a well-stocked shop/bar and full bedding provided.
Hollinsclough, Longnor, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 0RF
A 300-year-old farmhouse set 1200 feet up in the beautiful Derbyshire/Staffordshire Peak District National Park. Five miles from historic Buxton and a perfect base for all the Peak District has to offer. The 2 sleeping areas sleep 14 and 6 - perfect for a small group or family. A 3 course breakfast and optional packed lunch / substantial evening meal are provided. Hot drinks can be made in the small kitchen. No self-catering facilities. Ample parking space.
18 Chapel Street, Mumbles, SA3 4NH
Opened in summer 2019, The Chapel House is Swansea’s only boutique hostel. Catering for travellers from around the world, it is nestled between the Castle and the Lighthouse, in the heart of the Mumbles.
Just 5 minutes away from Swansea centre and The Wales Coast Path. Within walking distance of great surf, walking and climbing. The perfect base for those seeking adventure on the Gower!
Woodside Lodges, Falcon Lane, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2JN
Woodside Lodges Bunkhouse sits in a landscaped park with pools & wild flower meadows, along with Scandinavian self-catering lodges, a campsite and camping pods. The bunkhouse offers 5 self-catering units. Guests enjoy private rooms but share the campsite shower block. Close to the Herefordshire Trail, Malvern Hills & the Forest of Dean it's ideal for walkers, cyclists & nature lovers.
9 Gyllyngvase Terrace, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4DL
Relaxed, friendly and clean, Falmouth Lodge Backpackers is just two minutes’ walk from the Blue Flag Gyllyngvase beach and the South West Coast Path. Only eight minutes’ walk into town with its exotic gardens, art galleries, Maritime Museum, Pendennis Castle, and the harbour. Free parking and WiFi. Complimentary tea, coffee and breakfast. Well-equipped kitchen and cosy lounge.
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 just one night 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.
Pont-y-Pant, Dolwyddelan, North Wales, LL25 0DQ
Lledr House nestles in Snowdonia National Park. Once YHA and now newly refurbished, guests delight in the luxury mattresses, modern bathrooms, well equipped kitchen and extended car park. Individuals, groups and families enjoy the clean, comfortable accommodation.
Betws-y-Coed, Llyn Elsi and Zip World high rope course close by.
Bluebell Farm Caravan Park, Belford, Northumberland, NE70 7QE
Bluebell Farm Bunkbarn is within walking distance of shops and pubs. It is ideally located for exploring Nothumberland's Heritage Coast, the Cheviot Hills and the Scottish Borders. The Bunkbarn sleeps 14, the Studio 4. Plus 2 studio apartments and 5 self-catering cottages. There is a shared modern toilet block. BYO sleeping bags/towels or hire. Studio apartments & cottages have bed linen.
Great Longstone, Bakewell, DE45 1NY
Thornbridge Outdoors offers excellent flexible group accommodation. With its superb location in the heart of the Peak District you have access to wonderful countryside, quaint villages, stately homes, and the traffic free Monsal Trail, popular with walkers and cyclists.
Torran Farm, Ford, Lochgilphead. PA31 8RH
With 16 en suite rooms, Torran Bay Hostel lies at the southern end of Loch Awe. A perfect base for your holiday.
Enjoy excellent fishing or launch your boat from Torran Farm land and spend the day on the 25 mile long loch. Other activities include hiking, cycling, bird watching or golf. Prices includes continental breakfast and all rooms have TV and DVD.
Glebe Barn, Isle of Eigg, Inner Hebrides, PH42 4RL
Glebe Barn offers 4* homely accommodation on the extraordinary Isle of Eigg within 1 mile of the island shop & café/restaurant. Outstanding sea views and sleeping up to 22 in twin, triple, family & dorm rooms. Perfect for individuals, families or groups. Also two person mezzanine apartment.
Adam is a keen walker with a passion for the countryside. He is also the editor of UK Cache Mag, the magazine dedicated to geocaching.
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.
International House, Broad Street Place, Bath, BA1 5LH
Bath YMCA offers great value accommodation. Centrally located, all the sights of this World Heritage city are easily reached on foot. With 210 beds, Bath YMCA specialises in making guests feel comfortable. Fully air conditioned lounge with TV, laundry, lockers, football table and WiFi. Couples, families, groups and backpackers all welcome.
Bunoich Brae, Fort Augustus, PH32 4DG
A multi-award winning 4* hostel with a range of rooms to meet all needs and budgets in the bustling village of Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness. Your perfect base to explore the Loch Ness area and an ideal stop off on the Great Glen Way. Surrounded by stunning mountain scenery and set in wooded grounds the hostel boasts 24 hour self-catering facilities, excellent home-made cheap meal options, a rustic bar, free WiFi, bike hire and ample car parking.
Harwood Forest, Ewesley, Morpeth NE61 4LJ
Hidden away in the heart of Harwood Forest, 20 miles NW of Morpeth, Chartners Farm is definitely off the grid. It’s a 5 mile drive along forest tracks from the road. All electricity is generated by wind turbines & solar panels, while a huge log burner heats the radiators and keeps the place at a cosy 20 degrees. The perfect spot to escape the rat race, unwind & recharge. With no WiFi you can really switch off! Nature surrounds you. Come & enjoy complete peace and tranquility.
PubLove @The Exmouth Arms, 1 Starcross Street, London, NW1 2HR
Five minutes’ stroll from Euston Station and just 15 minutes’ walk from the Eurostar at St Pancras, with The British Museum, Madame Tussauds, Regents Park and many of London’s attractions an easy stroll away. PubLove@The Exmouth Arms not only gives you a bed for the night, but also the great atmosphere of a British pub. Complete with pub quizzes every Tuesday, hand crafted burgers and a wide range of drinks including local gins and ales. Explore London by foot in the day with a night of cracking PubLove ahead.
Castlehaw Farm, Castlehaw Lane, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5BA
Howgills Barn offers a beautifully renovated self-catering barn in Sedbergh Yorkshire. Breathtaking views, plenty to see and do on the doorstep & set in a private location where the children can enjoy some freedom. A five minute walk into Sedbergh to nearby pubs, cafés and restaurants. Dogs welcome too. Hot tub and bedding (including towels) are included free of charge. Five stars on Trip Advisor from over 100 reviews gives a flavour of the quality of the accommodation.
Week Farm, Bridgetown, Dulverton TA22 9JP
Formerly a granary on a working farm, this eco-friendly bunkbarn is close to Winsford Hill and Wimbleball lake. Perfect for exploring Exmoor on foot, bike or canoe. Hot water, central heating & WiFi included in price. Well equipped, open-plan kitchen/dinning with seating for all. Large drying room. Outside BBQ area and small field with campfire. BYO bedding & towels. Sleeps max 25 - sole use only. Free logs for the stove and camp fire. Enjoy Exmoor’s dark skies.
Glenborrodale, Ardnamurchan, West Highlands, Scotland PH36 4JP
Ardnamurchan Bunkhouse is in Glenborrodale on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, one of the UK’s last unspoiled coastal wildernesses.
This recently renovated eco-bunkhouse sleeping 16 people in eight bedrooms, with a well-equipped kitchen, flexible dining tables, free Wi-Fi and parking.
Wee Row Hostel, Wee Row, New Lanark, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ML11 9DJ
Located in the heart of New Lanark World Heritage Site and just one hour's drive from either Glasgow or Edinburgh, Wee Row is the perfect base for your holiday. The award winning New Lanark Visitor Centre is on the doorstep; step back in time and rediscover life in this working mill village. The hostel sleeps 62 in 18 private rooms (all en suite) and has terrific views over the River Clyde and surrounding countryside. Facilities include bike storage, laundry and drying room. Breakfasts and evening meals are available at the New Lanark Mill Hotel.
The Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, Hampshire, GU32 1HR
An award winning eco-renovation in the heart of the South Downs National Park right on the South Downs Way National Trail. The perfect base for walkers, cyclists, business away-days and family get-togethers. The Lodge offers well appointed self-catering accommodation while the campsite has yurts and secluded woodland pitches. The centre has large grounds with woodland trails and a café. Pubs, shops within 2 miles.
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.
Croft No 9, Badrallach, Dundonnell, Ross-shire, IV23 2QP
On the tranquil shores of Little Loch Broom overlooking one of Scotland’s finest mountain ranges, Badrallach Bothy and Campsite offer a fine base for walking and climbing. Fish in the rivers, hill lochs and sea or simply enjoy the flora and fauna. Hot showers, spotless accommodation, an unbelievable price and total peace make the Bothy and Campsite a firm favourite. There is also a holiday cottage for hire.
Invershin Hotel, Lairg, Sutherland, IV27 4ET
Situated within a small hotel in the north Highlands, the bunkhouse consists of 4 rooms with a shared shower room & toilet. Guests can enjoy the hotel facilities; comfortable reception area, cosy bar with real fire, real ale and regular music sessions. Cyclists, walkers, bikers, fishermen, Munro baggers, families and individuals are all welcome. The bunkhouse is just off the North Coast 500 road route. No self-catering facilities but breakfast & evening meals are available.
Tyngwndwn Farm, Cilcennin, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 8RJ
Nestled between the Cambrian Mountains and Cardigan Bay, Naturesbase is 9 acres of flower rich meadows and woodland, 10 minutes drive from the Welsh coast. Accommodation comprises a beautiful large lodge sleeping up to 36 and a shepherds hut, Naturesbase is ideal for families, friends, retreats and activity groups wanting to enjoy the open countryside and all that nature has to offer.
Murthly Terrace, Birnam, Dunkeld PH8 0BG
In the centre of Birnam just 10 mins' walk from Dunkeld. A refurbished Victorian manse offering a mix of small bunk rooms, double and family rooms, all ensuite with TVs. Your perfect base to discover the mountains, waters, rich culture and heritage of Big Tree Country. Ground floor accessible room. Family & pet friendly. Private room bookings only at present
Portinscale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5UE
Hawse End Centre sits at the head of the magnificent Borrowdale Valley on the shores of Derwentwater with easy access to Keswick via launch or lakeside walk. The house is a large, comfortable, country mansion, ideal for large groups, while the Cottage is more suited to smaller group, families and individuals. For the more adventurous there are two yurts with stunning views and transparent domes for star gazing. Catering & outdoor activities with instruction can be booked in advance.
Seathwaite, Borrowdale, Keswick, CA12 5XJ
High House in Seathwaite, at the head of the beautiful valley of Borrowdale, offers comfortable bunkhouse/hostel accommodation. Popular with walking and climbing clubs and educational groups, early booking is advised. Two dorms are available each with toilet, washbasin and shower. There is a third dorm reserved for K Fellfarers members and club members may use this room during your stay. If you wish to have exclusive use, including this Members Room, there’s a £25 supplement per night.
The Nook, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 4AE
A friendly welcome awaits you Airton Barn. Next to the 17th century Friends Meeting House, Airton Barn is a simple bunkhouse sleeping up to 18 people over two floors, with storage space for 5 bicycles. On popular walking & cycling routes & surrounded by some of Yorkshire’s finest tourist destinations, the Barn is perfect for walkers, cyclists & small group getaways.
Colonsay Estate Cottages, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll, PA61 7YP
Come to Colonsay Backpackers Lodge and savour the idyll of this Inner Hebridean island. Explore the magnificent sandy beaches, ancient forests and beautiful lochs.
Wildlife abounds; spot dolphins, seals, otters and many rare birds. The pub, café & shop are 3 miles away. Or buy fresh lobster, crab and oysters from the fishing boats. The lodge is a refurbished former gamekeeper’s house with bothies. Centrally heated, it has 2 twin, 3 twin bunk and 2 three-bedded rooms. Free WiFi.
1 Chapel Lane, Horton in Ribblesdale, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 0HA
Situated close to the Golden Lion Hotel in the idyllic village of Horton in Ribblesdale the 3 Peaks bunkbarns are available for groups or individuals. An ideal location for walking the Pennine Way and climbing the 3 Peaks (Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough & Whernside). The main bunkbarn has 2 large dormitory style bunkrooms, each sleeping up to 20 people. In the brand new second bunkbarn, there are four bunkrooms each sleeping up to 6 people.
Chapel-le-Dale, Ingleton, Carnforth, Lancs, LA6 3AR
Situated near Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales, on the Yorkshire Three Peaks route, The Old School Bunkhouse sleeps up to 28. It has a comfortable lounge, with TV, DVD & WiFi, a large kitchen diner, 4 bathrooms & a drying room with washing machine. Outside is parking for 12 cars and great views of Ingleborough and Whernside. The pub over the road is ideal for that celebratory drink.
Greencarts Farm, Humshaugh, Northumberland. NE46 4BW
Greencarts Bunkhouses & Camping are on a working farm in Northumberland National Park. Right next to Hadrian’s Wall, they are perfect for walkers or cyclists. There are two accommodation units; The Bunkhouse sleeps 10 in two rooms, while the Barn sleeps 13 in one open plan room. All bedding is provided and continental breakfast is available. There is also a campsite.
St Johns Street, Creetown, Dumfries and Galloway, DG8 7JE
Barholm Enterprise Centre houses a variety of businesses including an Arts and Crafts Co-operative and Barholm Accommodation which has en suite shared and private rooms.
Perfect for cyclists, walkers, fishermen or those who generally enjoy the outdoors. Facilities include a communal kitchenette (fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster and microwave), sitting room, on-site cycle hire and bike repair facilities & electric car charging.
Ffordd Gerlan, Gerlan, Bethesda, Bangor, LL57 3ST
Caban Cysgu, run by the community of Gerlan, offers purpose-built accommodation at the foot of the Carneddau. Perfect for walking in Snowdonia, it’s a great base for the ‘Fourteen 3000ft Peaks’ long-distance challenge & The Slate Trail. Just 5 mins from Zip World; the longest and fastest zip line in Europe. There are also plenty of mountain bike trails on the doorstep while road cyclists have the Sustrans route ‘Lôn Las Ogwen’ just a mile away. For climbers, Idwal is close by, while Afon Ogwen is popular with canoeists.
19a Hamilton St, Fishguard SA65 9HL
James John Hamilton House is a new conversion of the first free school in Fishguard, built in 1850 by James John Hamilton. The house provides comfortable, characterful self-catering accommodation for 12 people in five private rooms. Across the garden is Hamilton House Backpackers with an extra 9 beds. It's close to the centre of Fishguard with pubs & cafes. The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path passes through the town and communities of grey seals and dolphins are regularly seen in the local harbours.
25 Kenneth St, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2DR
The Heb Hostel is a family-run backpackers hostel in the heart of Stornoway on the enchanting Isle of Lewis. It is an ideal stop/stay for travellers visiting the Hebrides. Cyclists, walkers, surfers, families and groups are all welcome. Clean, comfortable, friendly and relaxed, Heb Hostel aims to provide you with a quality stay at budget prices. There are many facilities, including a common room with peat fire, free WiFi, local guides and information.
Inchnadamph, Assynt, Nr Lochinver, Sutherland, IV27 4HL
Inchnadamph Lodge has been tastefully converted to provide quality hostel accommodation at a budget price. There’s a large self-catering kitchen, lounge and dining room. The newly converted annex offer a choice of en suite rooms. At the foot of Ben More Assynt, overlooking Loch Assynt, stay and explore one of the wildest areas in the Highlands.
The Green Man, 308 Edgware Road, Paddington, London W2 1DY
Spend your night above a pub, 5 mins from Paddington Station & experience the real & exciting local London. PubLove@The Green Man, has great transport connections to all the famous sites, 24 hour reception & bar, free WiFi, personal power sockets, bed screens & guest food & drink discounts. You can book by the bed or book a private room. There are friendly bar-staff who like to chat, so ask about places to go and the events happening because there’s nothing better then advice from a local.
21 Longridge Road, London, SW5 9SB
St James Backpackers is a family-run hostel welcoming global travellers in central London's Earls Court. A great place for people who like to mingle, with a communal dinner each night and a warm community vibe helped along by the lovely staff. Just around the corner from Earl Court Tube station (Zone 1, central London). Free fast WiFi. Free dinner, breakfast and 24hr hot drinks. Lots of space for socialising including a lovely garden and lounge with HD TV.
The White Horse Inn, Scales, Nr Threlkeld, Keswick, CA12 4SY
The White Horse Inn has 2 bunkhouses in the converted stables of this traditional Lake District inn at the foot of Blencathra. Guests are welcome in the Inn which has great pub food, open fires, local ales and is open from 11am to 11pm. Each bunkhouse has a basic kitchen, dining area and bunkrooms sleeping between 4 and 6. Paths to the mountains from the garden & the C2C route passes the door.
7 Cleikum Mill, High St, Innerleithen, Scottish Borders EH44 6QT
Cleikum Mill Lodge is a modernised character building in the heart of the Tweed Valley. The Mill sleeps 12, 8 in the Lower Mill and 4 in the Upper Mill. Book individual rooms, a floor or the whole Mill. Innerleithen, a 7Stanes trail centre, is on the NCR1 and Southern Upland Way. It has shops, pubs, restaurants and cafés a short stroll away Dog friendly if booking the whole building in advance.
Lime Park, Broadford, Isle of Skye IV49 9AE
Skye Basecamp is a fabulous centrally located bunkhouse with private rooms. Dorms may be available again after Covid restrictions are lifted. Perfect for lovers of the great outdoors, with hot showers, comfy beds and a great drying room. Shops & bars all within walking distance. Knowledgeable staff and enthusiastic guests create a fantastic atmosphere. Join us for sunset panoramas across the shores of Broadford Bay or take a stroll to the beach with its resident otters.
Cefn Brith, Cerrigydrudion, Conwy, LL21 9TS
Tyddyn Bychan is an 18th century Welsh farm surrounded by fields. It is an excellent self-catering base for mountain biking, road cycling, canoeing, walking, climbing, fishing and numerous watersports including white water rafting. The main bunkhouse sleeps 18 in two en suite rooms. All bunks are handmade to a very high standard. The smaller bunkhouse sleeps 9 in two en suite rooms. All bedding is included. Delicious homemade food is available if booked in advance. There is a good parking area well away from the road.
Market Street, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4QQ
Former Methodist Church with a range of accommodation for individuals, families and groups amongst beautiful authentic features; stained glass, arches and panels. There’s a large dining room & kitchen and a quiet lounge in the gallery. Kirkby Stephen is a market town in the upper Eden Valley. On Wainwright’s Coast to Coast path with easy access to the Pennine Journey, the W2W cycle route, the Howgill Hills, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.
Galson Farm House, South Galson, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0SH
This fully equipped bunk barn 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. This bunkhouse is available for exclusive hire by 2,4 or 6 people.
Harbour View, Mallaig, Inverness-shire, PH41 4PU
The Backpackers Lodge, the oldest croft house in Mallaig, offers a homely base from which to explore the Inner Hebrides, the famous white sands of Morar and the remote peninsula of Knoydart. Mallaig is a working fishing village with all the excitement of the boats landing. You can see the seals playing in the harbour and take whale and dolphin watching trips. The hostel provides excellent budget accommodation with central heating, a well equipped kitchen/common room and free WiFi. Hot water and heating provided by renewable energy.
Springhill Farm, Selattyn, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 7NZ
Part of a Welsh hill farm on the Wales/Shropshire border at 1475ft above sea level, with beautiful views over the Ceiriog Valley and Berwyn Mountains. Great for walking, riding, cycling, team building, meetings, or just to relax. There is a heated games and lecture room. The bunkhouse has under-floor heating, entrance hall, drying room, large self catering kitchen, dining area & lounge. The patio and lawn have a BBQ and hot tub. Horse riding and archery on site. Horses and pets welcome on request.
Muddisdale Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1RS
Orcades Hostel in Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney, is an excellent base for exploring the Isles. Accommodation is in doubles, twins, 4 & 6 bedded rooms. Each bedroom has en suite toilet/shower rooms. TVs and all bedding is provided. There is a stylish kitchen, a lounge with DVD & games and WiFi throughout the building.
A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at this comfortable 4 star hostel.
Lowick Green, Ulverston, LA12 8EB
Within the old primary school at Lowick Green, nestled between Coniston water(4 miles) and Ulverston, the bunkhouse has a lounge with wood-burning stove, large kitchen/dining room, great views of the mountains and an outdoor area with campfire. River Deep Mountain High Activity Centre provides a wide variety of outdoor activities. Group and family packages include activities in the price.
140 Lane Head Road, Shepley, West Yorkshire, HD8 8DB
Cliffe House is set in 14 acres of woodland in rural West Yorkshire, just 7 miles from the Peak District. A centre for outdoor learning and conferences, ideal for schools and businesses, it is also available as a whole house booking to groups of families and friends. There are 10 bed rooms sleeping up to 72 people and three bright communal areas with seating for 40 people in each.
17 Tregrehan Mills, St. Austell, Cornwall, PL25 3TL
Welcome to this quirky, camino inspired eco hostel up-cycled from an old stable block to include mixed bunk rooms, a courtyard kitchen & a communal lounge.
It’s just a short leafy lane from the Eden Project situated on National Cycle Routes 2 & 3, two miles from the Northwest Coast Path at Carlyon Bay and close to the historic Saints Way pilgrimage trail. Walkers and cyclists are welcomed and pick-ups from the station or parking can be arranged.
Princetown, Yelverton, Devon. PL20 6SL
Set in a beautiful secluded valley in Dartmoor National Park, Bachelors Hall offers groups of all kind the chance to experience the freedom of the moor and the vastness of the landscape. Formerly run by the YHA, it was completely refurbished in 2019. Sleeping 60 across 6 rooms and 2 pods it is centrally heated with a commercial kitchen and large separate dining room/classroom. Outdoor activities can be organised if required.
Pelham Road, Claxby, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire LN8 3YR
Situated in the village of Claxby in the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this low cost hostel has a well equipped kitchen and good sized communal area. Within easy reach of Lincoln, Gainsborough, Scunthorpe and Grimsby. The perfect location for: walking, cycling, field studies, outdoor pursuits, educational activities and conservation projects. Popular with family groups, schools, scouts, guides, walkers, cycling groups and other organisations. Ideal for groups wanting a break in beautiful rural surroundings.
Porthdafarch Road, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 2LP
Anglesey Outdoors is an ideal base for groups, individuals or families. It is just a mile from Porthdafarch Beach & the coastal path and only 2km from Sustrans Cycle Route 8. It has four self contained areas each with their own self-catering & bathroom facilities. These can be hired individually or together. Full catering an option and there’s an on-site bar/bistro. Yurts and cabans also available.
105 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SG
Royal Mile Backpackers is a small and cosy 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.
The comfortable beds and cosy common areas will make you feel at home and the friendly staff are always on hand to help you make the most of your time in Edinburgh.
Radcliffes Lodge, Coble Quay, Amble, Northumberland. NE65 0FB
Opening on 17th May 202, Radcliffes Lodge is a purpose built boutique hostel overlooking the Marina in the vibrant harbour town of Amble on the Northumberland Coast. Sleeping 48 across 9 en suite rooms, with plenty of communal areas, the lodge oozes quality and style. With the Coast & Castles cycle route and the Northumberland Coastal Path on the doorstep the Lodge is perfect for walkers, cyclists, independent travellers and groups of friends and families.
Staylittle, nr Llanidloes, Powys, SY19 7DB
This former weather station has been converted into a comfortable bunkhouse on the edge of the Hafren Forest. It is close to Plumlimon, in a quiet rural location between Llanidloes & Machynlleth in the Cambrian Mountains. A great base for Glyndwrs Way, The Sustrans 8, Trans Cambrian Way, kayaking, mountain biking, fly fishing, family groups & parties. Fully central heated with a large dining room, well equipped kitchen & comfortable lounge. Private bedrooms. Breakfast & evening meal available if pre booked.
Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. SY4 1DX
FSC Preston Montford is a Field Studies Council in a beautiful Georgian mansion 6 miles west of Shrewsbury. Easily accessible from the motorway network, yet private & secluded the centre has 131 beds across 3 blocks. All types of bookings are welcome including singles, couples, groups of adults, families and extended family groups. Due to Covid-19, rooms are currently offered on a B&B basis at very reasonable rates. Self-catering is possible for sole use bookings.
The Street, Puttenham, Nr Guildford, Surrey, GU3 1AR
Puttenham Barn Bunkhouse (formerly Puttenham Eco Barn) on North Downs Way offers simple overnight accommodation for walkers and cyclists in the Surrey Hills AONB. A converted historic barn with self-catering and a voluntary warden to welcome you. Pub food in the village. Garden, picnic bench & cycle shed. NO CARS even for off-loading. Railway stations: Wanborough (3.5 km) & Guildford (7km).
Grange, Keswick, CA12 5XA
Bowderstone Bunkhouse is situated along the Borrowdale Valley by the famous Bowderstone – a massive boulder that has lain precariously on one side for the last 10,000 years! It has a kitchen, accessible shower room and communal area, plus running water, electricity and drainage, but linen and mattresses not provided. Please note, Bowderstone Bunkhouse is only for use by clubs, educational groups or other organisations such as the Scouts, as it is on National Trust land and has certain restrictions to its use.
Slack House Farm, Gilsland Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 7DB
Slack House Farm is a working, organic farm overlooking Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall. On the NCN 72 cycle trail and bordering the dark-skies of Kielder and the Northumberland National Park. Half a km from Hadrian’s Wall National Trail. The bunkbarn is adjacent to the farm’s cheese dairy. It is heated and has basic self-catering facilities and an outdoor cooking/barbecue cabin. Breakfasts, farmhouse suppers, ready meals and packed lunches available.
Grange over Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6QT
Castle Head Field Studies Council centre is set in a country mansion with 20 hectares of private grounds on the southern edge of the Lake District National Park near to Windmere. Sleeping up to 157 across 33 rooms all types of bookings are welcome including singles, couples, groups of adults, families and extended family groups. Due to Covid-19, rooms are currently offered on a B&B basis at very reasonable rates.
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.
Friends of Nature House ,Waukford, Kirk Yetholm, Kelso,Roxburghshire, TD5 8PG
Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House is perfectly located at the start/end of the Pennine Way. It is also close to St. Cuthbert's Way, the Borderloop Cycle Route and Sustrans Route 84. It's a great base too for local day hikes, ideal for individuals, families and small groups. Recently upgraded, the house offers a comfortable, friendly and peaceful retreat. Evening meals and breakfast are available in the adjacent hotel.
Preston, Chathill, Northumberland. NE67 5ES
Nestled in the hamlet of Preston, The Joiners Shop Bunkhouse is just 5 miles from the Northumberland coastline & 7 miles from Alnwick famed for its (Harry Potter) castle & gardens.
The charming 19th century building sleeps 18 in heated sections of 2s, 3s & a 5. Fully equipped kitchen, spacious dining area, lounge with fire & hot showers. Close to NCN Route 1.
Lowside Farm, Troutbeck, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0SX
Nestling at the foot of Blencathra, with paths to the mountains from the doorstep Lowside Farm Camping Barn & Pods are your perfect Lake District base.
Sleeping groups of up to 14, the newly converted camping barn is modern & comfortable, The six, 4 berth luxury camping pods, provide extra accommodation for larger groups, older family members and those with small chilldren. All bedding is provided.
118-120 Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HE
Kendal Hostel, a Georgian townhouse in the historic market town of Kendal, is next to the well known Brewery Arts Centre and only a stone’s throw from the town centre. Facilities include 13 bedrooms for up to 65 guests, kitchen, lounge, dining room, bike shed and free WiFi. Single/double/family/group rooms plus mixed & single sex dorms.
South Laggan, Spean Bridge, Invernesshire, PH34 4EA
Located between mountains and lochs 20 miles north of Fort William and 10 miles south of Loch Ness, the Great Glen Hostel is your ideal base. Perfect for touring the Highlands, bagging Munros or paddling rivers and lochs. It's only a short walk to the Great Glen Way. The hostel provides comfortable, well appointed accommodation in twin, family and dormitory rooms and has a shop where you can buy your essentials.
Carrs Farm, Wolsingham, County Durham, DL13 3BQ
Carrs Farm Bunkhouse is a converted 17th century barn with stunning views over Weardale. It provides comfortable bunk bed accommodation for groups of up to 21 people, in three rooms.
There is a fully equipped self catering kitchen, games/lounge area and outdoor seating with BBQ. Situated on a working farm at the heart of the North Pennines. Guided walks and outdoor activities are available for groups and schools.
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
Vicarage Road, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, LL24 0AD
This large Victorian property has been specially adapted to provide self-catering accommodation for groups of up to 33. The eight dormitories vary in size from one to ten beds, complete with duvets and linen. The Centre is centrally heated and has a common room, games room, large kitchen, drying room and hot showers. Located in Betws-y-Coed, Woodlands Centre is an ideal base for outdoor activities in Snowdonia.
8 Blackfriars St., Edinburgh, EH1 1NE
The High Street Hostel is one of Europe’s best regarded and most atmospheric hostels. It is hugely popular with world travellers. Located just off the historic Royal Mile in a 470 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!
318 Clyde Street, Glasgow, G1 4NR
Glasgow city centre budget accommodation in mix of en suite private rooms, dorms and VIP suites for groups of 1-20. All rooms are en-suite with mobile cable charging stations. Free superfast WiFi. Perfect for shopping, sports events, gigs & exhibitions. Ideal for individuals & groups. Enjoy ‘All You Can Eat’ buffet breakfasts (£5pp), meal deals and drink promos in the bar.
Just 5 mins from Central Station.
Warren Farm, Warren, near Castlemartin, SA71 5HS
Beautiful big bell tents & a cosy bunkhouse, right on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Between Barafundle/Broadhaven South & Freshwater West, and the closest you can stay to the Green Bridge of Wales. Perfect for family holidays or a quick surfing or climbing trip with friends. Simple, comfortable accommodation and private pitches with kitchens, loos & wetrooms for the bell tents. Don’t delay, come glamping!
Thorney How, Off Helm Close & Easedale Rd, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9QW
Thorney How offers clean, comfortable accommodation in Grasmere. Family-run and welcoming it provides en suite, simple B&B and self-catering. Close to the Coast to Coast path, local village and lake.Your perfect Lake District base. A bar, restaurant and spacious grounds complete the experience.
32 Tegid Street, Bala, LL23 7EL
For outdoor adventures within the Snowdonia National Park, Bala Backpackers offers great value 'hostel-style' accommodation, including; 30+ comfy SINGLE BEDS in bedrooms of 3,4 or 5, 3 private TWIN ROOMS and 3 new EN SUITES. Located in a quiet, sunny, chapel square, in the bustling market town of Bala with its five-mile-long lake and white-water river for raft rides.
The Hall, Milden, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9NY
Comfy, farm self-catering in rural Suffolk. Sleeps 22 in five bedrooms, including a restored Shepherd’s Hut. Mix of oak bunks/conventional beds. Relax in cosy sitting room; BBQ, ping-pong, croquet & badminton; explore the farm, picnic in a meadow. 20 bikes included in hire or kayak down the River Stour. Go Ape, visit castles, coast, historic towns & houses. Larger groups can also book the Tudor Barn (also in this guide).
High Street, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1AF
Lakes Hostel is your perfect base for the Lakes. There are 5 colourful, cosy and clean bedrooms that can cater for individuals, groups, couples and families. Book a private room, a bed in a shared room or hire the whole hostel. Located in the village of Windermere, its a short walk to countless cafes, restaurants, pubs, and shops. The bus/train statin is a 1 minutes walk away while the lake itself and the boat trips are on the doorstep.
In the heart of Windermere, close to shops, cafés and pubs, 2 minutes from the train & bus station and opposite the TIC and tour offices. Easy access to the National Park by the 555 bus, 25 minute walk to the lake with steamer trips and boat hire and access to the fells from the door. Maps and guides available in this friendly, cosy hostel.
Breadalbane Street, Oban, PA34 5NZ
Perfectly situated in the heart of Oban, the gateway to the Isles, just 10 mins’ walk from the bus, train & ferry terminals, this friendly hostel is a great place to stay and unwind. The fabulous sociable lounge has a real fire, pool table, free WiFi, comfy sofas and unlimited free hot drinks. The kitchen is fully equipped, perfect for cooking your favourite meals. Large dorm beds come complete with bedding including 2 comfy pillows. The hot powerful showers are legendary! Knowledgeable and friendly staff will help you make the most of your time in Oban.
Kintyre Amenity Trust, Big Kiln, Campbeltown, Argyll, PA28 6JF
The Campbeltown Backpackers is housed in the Old Schoolhouse, a Grade B listed building.
The hostel offers easy access to the facilities of Campbeltown including swimming pool, gym, cinema and distillery tours. It is a good stop along the Kintyre Way which gives walkers spectacular views of the surrounding islands. The area also enjoys very good windsurfing, surfing, mountain bike routes and other major cycle trails.
Osmotherley, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 3AH
Situated in a beautiful secluded valley in the NY Moors National Park, this refurbished mill with en suite rooms, is perfect for those wishing to explore the Yorkshire moors, dales & coast. You can book the whole Mill, a room or a bed. Great for educational groups, families, outdoor clubs and gatherings of friends. Group activities and catering available. Next to Cod Beck reservoir, Cleveland Way, Coast to Coast & Lyke Wake Walk.
Benmhor, Kyleakin, Skye, IV41 8PH
Whether your visit to Skye is to tackle the mighty mountains, meet the legendary faeries or simply to chill out, Skye Backpackers is the place for you. Located in the fishing village of Kyleakin surrounded by mountains and sea, the hostel has dorm, double and twin rooms. All beds come with sheets, duvets and 2 pillows. There is a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, a sunny dining area, as much free tea, coffee & hot chocolate as you can drink, free WiFi, a cosy lounge with a real fire and spectacular views.
Rydal Hall, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LX
Situated next to Rydal Beck in the heart of the Lake District, Rydal Hall Bunkhouse provides accommodation for groups of up to 29 in four dormitories plus a large common room, drying room & a fully equipped stainless steel kitchen. There is also a quiet campsite for individuals and families, eco-pods in the grounds and en suite accommodation for up to 50 in the main hall and a tea shop.
Market Place, Allendale, Hexham, NE47 9BD
Allendale Bunkhouse sits on the Market Square overlooking the hustle and bustle of this small country town, the fells & River East Allen beyond. It is an oasis for walkers, cyclists, horse riders, families, groups of friends and youth & school groups alike. Book a bunk, a room, a floor (up to 18) or the whole bunkhouse (up to 39). Allendale is well served with tea rooms, the Forge art gallery & café, a quirky gift shop, a pharmacy, and three wonderful country pubs, all serving food and all family & dog friendly.
Mabie Forest, Dumfries, DG2 8HB
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, an American style tipi and the jewel in the crown is the Iron Age Roundhouse for parties or weddings.
Chitcombe Farm, Huish Champflower, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 2EL
A small family farm in West Somerset on the edge of Exmoor, Chitcombe Farm provides inexpensive, basic, warm & dry accommodation. Perfect after a day hiking on Exmoor, or event training.
The Hay Barn, is a dormitory style open plan barn whilst The Cart Shed is an open plan chalet. Both have well equipped kitchens, bathroom with showers, seating areas and central heating. BYO pillows and sleeping bag.
Rhyd Ddu, Snowdonia, Wales LL54 6TL
The Rhyd Ddu Bunkhouse provides group accommodation at the foot of Snowdon and the Nantlle Ridge. Sleeping 30 in 6 bedrooms, it has a fully equipped kitchen and a large communal dining room with a big screen - great for movie nights! Glorious views, central heating, fast WiFi, parking, secure bike storage, drying room and a large garden. Bring your own sleeping bag, pillow case and towel. A pub, café, and steam train station are all within 2 minutes’ walk.
Court Farm, Llanthony, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 7NN
This old stone barn continues the tradition of 900 years when Llanthony Priory next door provided accommodation. Surrounded by the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park, it is your ideal base for all mountain activities. There is a fully equipped kitchen, hot showers, heating throughout and a wood burning stove. Small or large groups are welcome with sole use and a minimum charge. Two pubs nearby offer real ale and bar food.
Fferm Tanrallt Farm, Llangian, Abersoch, Gwynedd, LL53 7LN
Bunkhouse accommodation on a family farm in the village of Llangian. Just one mile from Abersoch which is famed for watersports, the bunkhouse is an ideal base for walking the Llyn Coast Path, surfing, cycling, golf, fishing, running & sailing. Spinning & knitting courses using the farm's own wool are available. The three modern bunkrooms are ideal for individuals or groups with a fully equipped kitchen/lounge, disabled facilities, secure storage & parking.
45 High St, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2LX
Family run, Swanage Auberge is a refuge for climbers, cyclists, walkers & divers at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast. In the centre of Swanage, a stone’s throw from the South West Coast Path, there is excellent walking, mountain biking, diving and rock climbing close by. There is a fully equipped self-catering kitchen and a packed lunch service if required. Parking for 2 vehicles is available on a first come first served basis & free on-street parking is close by.
Upper Hulme Mill, Roach Road, Upper Hulme, Nr Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8TY
The Roaches Bunkhouse is at the foot of The Roaches gritstone edge in the Peak District. The area has some of the best climbing in the country plus walks & cycling in stunning scenery.
The communal area has tables & chairs, log fire, DVDs & board games. Self-catering facilities are available in a small kitchen. Outside BBQ area. On site parking. Walking distance of Ye Old Rock Inn & the Roaches Tearooms. 3 miles to the bustling market town of Leek.
Stybeck Farm, Thirlmere, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4TN
Situated in Thirlmere at the foot of the Helvellyn mountains, close to Sticks Pass & the spectacular Fisher-Gill waterfall, the barn has direct access to numerous walks, hill & rock climbing. It is just off the A591 with local & national bus stops at the end of the lane. Accommodation consists of two rooms; a kitchen/diner with all the basic equipment & a 10 bed bunkroom (BYO sleeping bag). A pub serving meals is a short walk away. Perfect for quiet country retreats, but not suitable for noisy groups. No mobile phone signal or WiFi.
Ollerbrook Booth, Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 7ZG
Close to the start of the Pennine Way with easy access to Kinder Scout and the village of Edale via a network of footpaths from the doorstep. Castleton, Buxton, Bakewell and Chatsworth House are all within 40 minutes' drive. There are 2 bunkhouses each with a fully equipped kitchen and available for sole use by groups. Bring your own sleeping bags.
The Walrus Bar and Hostel, 172 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7RW
The Walrus is a multi-award-winning hostel above a bar, with staff who are famous for their genuine friendliness and humour. It has a fantastic location only a short 10 minutes' walk from Big Ben and the House of Parliament and all-inclusive hostel prices. It consistently ranks among the top 5 hostels in London. The bar is a crossroads of local and international guests with a laid back atmosphere, a quirky cocktail menu and real ales on tap.
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.
Penrith Road, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4JW
Denton House is a purpose built hostel and outdoor centre in the Lake District offering bunkhouse accommodation. Warm and well equipped for self-catering, the centre was designed for groups with parking for 40 cars. A variety of outdoor activities can be arranged on site. There is equipment storage and access to the River Greta across the road.
Yarde Orchard, East Yarde, Petersmarland, 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.
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.
9-11 Birch Hall Lane, Earby, Lancashire, BB18 6JX
Cosy, historic hostel with large kitchen & dining room which can seat all 21 people in one room. Lounge with log burner. Secure cycle storage for 20 bikes. Large wildlife garden with BBQ. Private parking for 6 cars.
Great local pub. Medium sized Coop supermarket open 7 days 6am to 10pm. Food available with prior request. Good public transport links.
Pindale Road, Hope, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 6RN
A mile from Castleton in the Peak District, Pindale Farm offers a range of accommodation: B&B in the farmhouse. The Barn has 6 self-catering units. The Engine House is a self-catering unit & The Powder House is a small camping barn. Plus a campsite. Perfect for many outdoor activities. Instruction is available.
The Stanegate, Newbrough, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 5AR
In the centre of the village of Newbrough, this community run bunkhouse sleeps 22 across 3 dorms. Facilities include
2 shower/WC rooms, 2 sink areas & a small equipped kitchen. A large communal area is available to groups by arrangement. With footpaths leading directly to Hadrian’s Wall, approx 3 miles away, it is popular with walkers. While for cyclists the Sandstone Way & Hadrian’s Cycleway pass right by.
Mill Barn, Trevescan, Sennan, Nr Land's End, Penzance, TR19 7AQ
Land’s End Hostel, in the hamlet of Trevescan, is 1/2 mile from Land’s End.
Double glazed & centrally heated it has a fully equipped kitchen & dining areas inside & out.
Modern bathrooms and bedrooms with TVs & WiFi. New bunk beds with USB ports & LED lights. Bedding / towels supplied.
Bike storage, parking & small shop.
Harepathstead Rd, Broadclyst, East Devon, EX5 3DF
Ashclyst Farm Hostel is a charming National Trust farm house on an organic arable farm at the edge of Ashclyst Forest. The hostel sleeps 10 across 2 double and 3 twin rooms. The beds are fully made up with duvets and the bedrooms are spacious and quiet. Guests have full use of the farmhouse kitchen, dining rooms and lounge, and camping is available for larger groups.
Ballater Hostel, Bridge Square, Ballater, AB35 5QJ
Ballater Hostel lies in the centre of Ballater, near Balmoral, on the east side of the Cairngorms National Park. Traditional dorms & private rooms, along with a large open plan kitchen/dining/communal area make a great space to relax . Drying room and cycle storage available. Either book the whole hostel, a room or just a bed with no minimum stay. Excellent facilities, comfortable beds and a warm and friendly welcome awaits you - the kettle is always on!
Hacche Mill, South Molton, EX36 3NA
Perfect for an adventurous or relaxing break. The Rock and Rapid Adventure Centre offers activities such as climbing (climbing wall on site for lessons or use by experienced climbers) coasteering, raft building and canoeing. The bunkhouse can be rented out for sole use, or an activity package can be put together for your group. This can vary from a few activities to a full programme, including food.
Just 20 mins from the North Devon coastline. Hen and stags welcome as are family and school groups.
Old London Rd, Mickleham,Surrey. RH5 6DA
FSC Juniper Hall is a magnificent country house sleeping up to 130 across 30 rooms. Easily accessible from London and the M25, yet peaceful and secluded, the grounds give direct access to footpaths on to Box Hill and the Surry Hills AONB. All types of bookings are welcome including singles, couples, groups of adults, families and extended family groups. Due to Covid-19, rooms are currently offered on a B&B basis at very reasonable rates.
Firs Edge, The Firs, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3RW