The Independent Hostels UK network (IHUK) of over 300 hostels, camping barns and bunkhouses across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland offer great value walkers accommodation in the UK . They provide self-catering, drying rooms and are generally set up with the outdoors enthusiast in mind. Suitable for singles, couples and groups seeking friendly, clean and inexpensive accommodation without membership requirements.
Independent Hostels provide ideal Walkers Accommodation
Over 850,000 people stay at independent hostels each year, the majority are walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. Hostels is a very broad term but what makes them different to B&B or hotel is that some aspect of the facilities will be communal so guests can chat to each other and there is no need to dine alone. A typical hostel may have dormitories as well as private rooms, some ensuite, and is available to individuals but may also be hired for sole use by a group. Generally bed linen is provided but no towels. Ideal as walkers’ accommodation.
There are different categories of hostels ideal as walkers’ accommodation. Bunkhouses, which will probably be a self-contained barn conversion with shared cooking and dining for around 12-35 people. Newer conversions can be very swish with under-floor heating and private rooms where prices range from £20pp, while traditional bunkhouses are more basic with bunks from around £10. Camping Barns are very basic accommodation usually on a farm and often described as stone tents. In a previous life they might have been a stable, corn store or a cattle byre, now cleverly converted to provide simple, self-catering accommodation. There will be no bedding and often only a hard sleeping platform so guests need to bring a sleeping bag and mat; it’s also quite common for the food preparation area not to have a cooker or utensils. Camping barns are very rural and sometimes so remote they have no electricity. Prices are low from around £8.
Groups requiring group accommodation.
Every hostel within the IHUK network can accommodate groups, and there are some that will not accept individuals. If you wish to exclude group only accommodation when you do a search tick the “available to individuals” box on the requirements filter.
If you are looking for accommodation for a group you can use our free online group enquiry service.