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Youth hostel network reopens to guests, Hostelling Scotland announces

By John Davidson

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Torridon youth hostel.
Torridon youth hostel.

Youth hostels across the country are starting to open their doors again from Friday after being shut due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hostelling Scotland, which runs a network of its own and affiliate hostels across the country, says its teams are looking forward to welcoming guests, from adventure seekers to families.

Nineteen youth hostels are open to guest on a private room only basis, with a further 12 available to hire out privately through the organisation's RentaHostel scheme.

The not-for-profit, celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2021, says its accommodation provides a relaxing and safe hostelling holiday in an informal and friendly environment, with a warm friendly welcome and expert local knowledge for guests travelling around Scotland.

Youth Hostels providing private rooms include Aviemore, Broadford, Cairngorm Lodge, Crianlarich, Edinburgh Central, Gairloch Sands, Glasgow, Glen Nevis, Glencoe, Inverness, Loch Ossian, Oban, Pitlochry, Port Charlotte Islay, Portree, Rowardennan, Stirling, Torridon and Ullapool.

Hostels available for RentaHostel include Aberdeen, Achmelvich Beach, Braemar, Durness Smoo, Glen Affric, Glenbrittle, Kirkwall, Lochranza, Newton Stewart, Perth, Ratagan and Tobermory.

Loch Ossian is situated deep into the hills.
Loch Ossian is situated deep into the hills.

These unique sites offer a great base for curious travellers, city explorers or adventure seekers keen to escape the last 14 months of lockdown restrictions and spend some quality time in the great outdoors, Hostelling Scotland suggests.

Margo Paterson, Hostelling Scotland’s CEO, said: “We are delighted to be reopening our youth and affiliate hostel network after a very tough year. If you love to travel, escape the everyday and find your adventure then give hostelling a try; with a warm welcome and a comfy bed, you can discover the best of Scotland with us.

"With the increase in customer demand following the gradual easing of Covid restrictions we are delighted to be in the position to offer our guests a range of high quality, affordable, safe and private room accommodation throughout Scotland.

"As we reflect on our most challenging year since 1931 and celebrate being 90 years young, we are determined that 2021 will be a year of positivity and hope, celebrating our hostelling family’s past, present and future."

Since 1931, the organisation’s mission has been to make Scotland more accessible to more people than anyone else; especially young people, providing great value, flexible and welcoming accommodation in the best locations.

A private room at Inverness hostel.
A private room at Inverness hostel.

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