YHA Affiliated Hostels : And Ex Youth Hostels and Bunkhouses

Self catering bunkhouses & hostels
yha hostel now independent

The YHA have sold many of their hostels over the last 20 years and some of these have been rescued from closure by individuals or local interest groups. These include many camping barns which are listed seperatly. In some cases the newly independent hostels have affiliated back into the YHA and are continuing as both Youth Hostels and Independent Hostels, these are displayed on the map below. Others operate without marketing from the YHA and these are listed below the map. However the hostels are being marketed, with or without the YHA, it is individuals who have rescued these buildings and enabled then to continue to provide great value self catering accommodation to help all, especially those of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside.

Independent hostels affiliated to YHA & SYHA
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Ex Youth Hostels which are no longer affiliated to the YHA or SYHA

Many YHA bunkhouses and hostels which are now operating as Independent Hostels, are no longer part of the YHA network.  These are youth hostels that the YHA sold or stopped leasing. Individuals, families and local interest groups have taken on these properties and opened their doors once more as Independent Hostels.

In addition to the accommodation below, there are over 20 camping barns in operation independently. The  YHA removed support from the last of these in 2017. Here is a link to the details of these camping barns.

  • Profile picture of Blytheswood Hostel

    Blytheswood Hostel

    In secluded, native woodland on the eastern edge of Dartmoor, the cabin has been a hostel since the 1930s. Friendly and peaceful, with a homely living room, wood burner, self-catering kitchen, picnic tables, BBQ and fire pit. Walk straight from the door to Heltor and Blackingstone Rock or along the river to Fingle Bridge and Castle Drogo. Cross stepping stones to Dunsford village. Moretonhampstead and Chagford are nearby. On the LEJOG cycling route

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  • Profile picture of Corris Hostel

    Corris Hostel

    Perfect for group and family gatherings, Corris hostel is a renowned haven from the stresses of the outside world; with its homely atmosphere, friendly staff and cosy wood fires. Outside there are landscaped hill gardens with barbecue and campfire areas. Situated in the Dyfi Biosphere and southern Snowdonia National Park, the hostel is close to Cadair Idris and Centre for Alternative Technology. A walkers and cyclists paradise in addition to many other attractions.

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  • Profile picture of Court Hill Centre

    Court Hill Centre

    Just 2 miles south of Wantage, and only a few steps from the historic Ridgeway National Trail, Court Hill Centre enjoys breathtaking views over the Vale of the White Horse. Reclaimed barns surround a pretty courtyard garden! Offering accommodation to families, groups and individuals, the centre offers evening meals, breakfasts, and picnic lunches. There is a beautiful high-roofed dining room which retains the atmosphere of the old barn. A meeting/class-room camping and self-catering available.

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  • Profile picture of Derwentwater Independent Hostel

    Derwentwater Independent Hostel

    Family run and friendly, Derwentwater Independent Hostel is a Georgian mansion in 17 acres of grounds with stunning mountain views. Just 2 miles from Keswick, close to the Coast to Coast route and the delights of Borrowdale it makes a great base for individuals, families, groups and conferences. The hostel has plenty of space in and out for you to use and relax. Home made food is available.

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  • Profile picture of Dolgoch Hostel

    Dolgoch Hostel

    Experience the era before electricity, with a log burner for heat. Dolgoch is owned by the Elenydd Wilderness Trust. Recently refurbished, it has new toilets, solar powered showers, less able accommodation and an upgraded access track. The Lôn Las Cymru (Welsh National Cycle Route) and the Cambrian Way pass nearby. An old drovers’ track takes you over the mountains for 5 miles to the twin Ty’n Cornel Hostel.

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  • Profile picture of Earby Friends of Nature House

    Earby Friends of Nature House

    Opening late in 2017. The Friends of Nature (FoN) invite you to stay in this beautiful historic cottage in the peaceful village of Earby, Lancashire. Earby Friends of Nature House is a cosy cottage with a picturesque garden, stream and waterfall close to the Pennine Way. An ideal stop for the Pennine Way walker, as a base for local day hikes and for cyclists and those interested in the countryside and local heritage. Particularly suited to individuals, families and small

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  • Profile picture of Elterwater Hostel

    Elterwater Hostel

    Located in the peaceful village of Elterwater, in the Langdale valley, 15 mins’ drive from Ambleside. The area has many walks for people of all abilities, from gentle riverside meanders to the challenge presented by the Langdale Pikes, Bowfell and Scafell. Banks, shops and other amenities are nearby. The area is popular for both on and off-road cycling, rock climbing and other outdoor activities. An ideal overnight stop on the Cumbria way.

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  • Profile picture of Great Glen Hostel

    Great Glen Hostel

    Nestled 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 is 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 store where you can buy your essentials.

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  • Profile picture of Greenhead Hostel

    Greenhead Hostel

    Situated in the village of Greenhead on Hadrian’s Wall, the hostel is ideal for walking the Pennine Way or The Wall or for exploring the nearby Roman heritage sites. It boasts a newly refurbished self-catering kitchen (big enough for large groups). The flexible accommodation can be booked by the bed, the room or for sole use. The hostel is run by Greenhead Hotel (over the road).

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  • Profile picture of Harlow International Hostel

    Harlow International Hostel

    Harlow International Hostel is in the centre of a landscaped park and is one of the oldest buildings in Harlow. The town of Harlow is your ideal base for exploring London, Cambridge and the best of South East England. The journey time to central London is only 35 minutes from the hostel door and it is the closest hostel to Stansted Airport. National Cycle Route 1 passes the front door. Meals can be provided for groups. There’s a children’s zoo, orienteering course and outdoor pursuits centre in the park.

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  • Profile picture of Helmsdale Hostel

    Helmsdale Hostel

    Helmsdale Hostel is closed pending refurbishments. Watch this website for updates. Set in the scenic coastal village of Helmsdale (halfway between Inverness and John O’Groats) on the main Land’s End to John O’Groats route. The hostel is popular with ‘end to enders’ and walkers exploring the Far North Marilyn hills. It is also an ideal stop when travelling to and from Orkney.

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  • Profile picture of Inveraray Hostel

    Inveraray Hostel

    The historic town of Inveraray, on the western shore of Loch Fyne is a superb location for exploring Scotland’s Southern Highlands and Islands. Inverarary Hostel, a purpose built wooden building, is perfect for independent holidaymakers who enjoy socialising with other guests from many different backgrounds. The hostel offers basic but comfortable accommodation in private rooms and dorms, there’s an excellent self catering kitchen plus dining and sitting areas.

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  • Profile picture of Kendal Hostel

    Kendal Hostel

    A Georgian town house in the centre of the historic market town of Kendal. Run by a fully trained Blue Badge Guide. Meet famous cats George and Maisie! The log burner and free pool table are very popular in winter. A secure bike shed and proximity to the West Coast Rail line make it great for cycle tourists. A family run, friendly, home from home.

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  • Profile picture of Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House

    Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House

    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.

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  • Profile picture of Kirkby Stephen Hostel

    Kirkby Stephen Hostel

    Former Methodist Church with a range of accommodation for individuals, families and groups amongst beautiful authentic features; stained glass, arches and panels. With a large dining room and 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 Lady Ann Clifford Walk, the Walney to Wear Cycle Route, the Howgill Hills, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lakes.

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  • Profile picture of Lawrenny Millennium Hostel

    Lawrenny Millennium Hostel

    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 near by.

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  • Profile picture of Old Red Lion

    Old Red Lion

    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.

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  • Profile picture of Old School Hostel Formerly Yha Trefin

    Old School Hostel Formerly Yha Trefin

    Escape to this wonderful rugged corner of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Old School Hostel is in Trefin, a pretty village which has a pub and a café, just a quarter of a mile from the world famous coast path. Circular walks from the door take you to stunning wild beaches & harbours. The cathedral city of St. Davids and the popular Whitesands Bay are 20 minutes by car.

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  • Profile picture of Plas Curig Hostel

    Plas Curig Hostel

    This five* hostel (formerly Capel Curig YHA) provides individuals, families & groups with luxurious accommodation in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. Set in stunning surroundings it offers flexible accommodation for up to 59 people. There is a well equipped self-catering kitchen plus drying facilities and equipment storage. Luxury 6 person holiday let also available.

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  • Profile picture of Shining Cliff Hostel

    Shining Cliff Hostel

    With its own crags, streams, lakes and over 100-acres of mature woodland, the hidden Shining Cliff Hostel has nature on its doorstep. The hostel offers a full range of activities; on-site there’s bushcraft, abseiling, ecology and environmental art, or travel a little further afield for climbing, caving & canoeing. . Access is a ten minute walk, down a very rough track, from the nearest parking area. Paths lead through the woods to the A6 at Ambergate (20 mins’ walk) which has a food shop, pubs, buses and trains to Derby. Sole use only.

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  • Profile picture of Spruce Cottage Bunkhouse By Forest View

    Spruce Cottage Bunkhouse By Forest View

    A former forestry worker’s cottage in the centre of Byrness on the Pennine way and on the edge of Northumberland National Park. Ideal for exploring Northumberland, Kielder Forest and the Scottish Borders. It is perfect for groups, individuals and families accomoodated in full sized single beds (not bunks) plus a Z bed Both the large living and dining (seats 10) rooms have open fires. The kitchen is well equipped. The multi award winning Forest View Inn is opposite with real ale & food if booked in advance.

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  • Profile picture of The Lochside Hostel

    The Lochside Hostel

    Perched right on the banks of Loch Ness, the Lochside Hostel has amazing views up and down the loch and can give you direct access to the water’s edge. Why not go for a dip in Scotlands largest water body? Take a walk to watch for wildlife? Or even hunt the elusive Nessie!? The Great Glen walking route passes the front door and the End to End cycle route is nearby. Drumnadrochit is just 12 miles away with boat. Recently opened by MacBackpackers an award winning tour company who also own 3 hostels in Edinburgh, a great stay awaits!

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  • Profile picture of Thorney How

    Thorney How

    Thorney How offers clean, comfortable accommodation in Grasmere. Family-run and welcoming it provides en suite, B&B and self-catering accommodation. Close to the Coast to Coast path, local village and lake it is your perfect Lake District base. A bar, restaurant and spacious grounds complete the experience.

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  • Profile picture of Tyncornel Hostel previously YHA Tyncornel Bunkhouse

    Tyncornel Hostel previously YHA Tyncornel Bunkhouse

    Tyncornel is a former farmhouse set in beautiful Cambrian mountain scenery at the head of the beautiful Doethie valley. It is the most remote hostel in Wales, favoured by walkers, cyclists, and bird watchers. It is on the Cambrian Way long distance footpath. The hostel has 16 places. There is a cosy common room with wood-burning stove, two dormitories with built-in bunk beds and a self-catering kitchen.

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  • With the YHA’s policy of closing down  Youth Hostels, many communities have seen their local youth hostel close after many years.  These homely establishments have quietly provided shelter for walkers, cyclists and tourists over the years.  There presence has brought income and new faces into isolated rural communities.   For a few lucky places this is not the end of the story. These youth hostels have been bought or re-leased and opened their doors once more as Independent Hostels, some affiliating to the YHA marketing services and some relying on there own resources and the Independent Hostels UK Network.   You have found on this page a record of  ex youth hostels  that have joined the IHUK network for a new lease of life.   New youth hostels are joining the IHUK network all the time, so check back to this page anytime to see what new hostels have joined the Independent Hostels network.