This map of the UK shows over 350 hostels, Bunkhouses and Camping barns in rural and city locations in the UK. Regional maps of the three countries in Britain are available on the links below.
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With over 350 hostels, bunkhouses and camping barns, the UK has one of the most extensive independent hostel networks in the world.
The first hostels network in the world was the British Youth Hostel Association, YHA + SYHA, which started in the early 1900’s as a network of youth hostels catering for city workers in industrialised Britain who wished to go rambling or cycling in the British countryside. The UK youth hostel network spread worldwide and is now called Hosteling International HI. Meanwhile back in the UK and Ireland independent hostels began to appear amongst the Youth Hostels. These are run as small independent businesses, by individuals, couples and families. They are often described as Holiday Hostels, bunkhouses in the rural areas and for a while those in cities or tourist hot spots were also called Backpacker Hostels. Independent Hostels sprang up all over Britain. Wherever there was stunning countryside to explore, mountains to climb or city centres to visit individuals set up their businesses providing self catering accommodation ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and tourists. Sometimes only a few miles apart in the top visitor locations of the National parks, the independent hostels offer a wide choice of self catering accommodation in the top areas to visit. 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 youth hostels were sold, particularly those used a stepping stones in the old cycle tourists network. To the great applause of local community’s and regular guests some of these ex youth hostels have been saved by individuals and became independent hostels. The Independent Hostel UK network is now larger then the Youth Hostel Association and Scottish Youth Hostels association put together, so image what a resource is now available to those visiting the UK who use the three networks put together.